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Lesotho: Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

February 08, 2016

Basotho Shepard overlooking Sani Pass, Drakensberg range, Lesotho. A major exporter of textiles to the US, sales of wool are a major source of income for Lesotho’s rural communities (Nicolas Marino/NA/Novarc/Corbis)

The fabled mountain Kingdom of Lesotho achieved strong growth in recent years, but the IMF’s latest economic review shows growth rates have dropped. In this podcast, IMF mission chief for Lesotho, David Dunn, says slower growth in neighboring South Africa has significantly reduced Lesotho’s government revenues.

David Dunn, IMF mission chief for Lesotho

Ghana, the Bumpy Road to Recovery

January 20, 2016

Farmers break cocoa pods in Ghana's eastern cocoa town of Akim Akook. The decline in cocoa prices means lower revenues, making adjustment to fiscal imbalances more difficult (photo: STAFF/Reuters/Corbis)

Ghana is considered one of West Africa’s most stable democracies, and until recently it was a model for economic growth. But since 2012, the economy has taken a turn for the worse, and Ghana is now getting help from the IMF. In this podcast, IMF Mission Chief, Joël Toujas-Bernaté talks about the country’s economic challenges.

Joël Toujas-Bernaté, IMF Mission Chief for Ghana

WEO Update: Emerging market, Developing Economies Face Increased Challenges

January 19, 2016

A Chinese worker rides past a poster showing Beijing's central business district. A sharper-than-expected slowdown in China could spill over to other countries through effects on trade, asset and commodity prices, and confidence (photo: Jason Lee/Reuters/Corbis)

The IMF released an update to its World Economic Outlook published in October 2015. The WEO Update, projects global growth to be slightly lower than last fall’s forecast, at 3.4 percent this year, and 3.6 percent in 2017. IMF Chief economist Maurice Obstfeld launched the new report at a press conference in London.

Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Chief Economic Counsellor

The Insatiable Demand for Sand

January 07, 2016

Cityscape downtown Dubai, Emirates. The Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest tower, is covered in 1.8M square feet of glass, and required 110,000 metric tons of concrete (photo: David Terrazas Morales/Corbis)

As the world’s metropolises expand to accommodate more people, the earth’s supply of sand is being pushed to the limit. Deceptively abundant, the basic raw material for glass and concrete can’t keep up with demand. In this podcast, Pascal Peduzzi, of the United Nations Environmental Programme, talks about how our overdependence on sand is unsustainable.

Pascal Peduzzi, Director of Science in the Early Warning & Assessment Division Of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

A Passport of Convenience

December 17, 2015

Offering citizenship in return for investment is proving a lucrative business for some small states (Finance & Development, December 2015)

The confluence of globalization and increased travel security has given rise to a flourishing industry, where residency and citizenship can be acquired by those with means. In this podcast we speak with the IMF’s Judith Gold and Ahmed El-Ashram, who coauthored an article entitled “A Passport of Convenience”, published in the December 2015 issue of Finance and Development.

Judith Gold, Deputy Division Chief and Ahmed El-Ashram, economist, IMF Western Hemisphere Department.

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