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IMF World Economic Outlook

April 18, 2017

IMF Economic Counselor, Maurice Obstfeld (photo: IMF)

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook projects global growth at 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says global growth is gaining momentum.


Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counselor

Bank Capital: How Much is Enough?

April 14, 2017

Large international banks are now required to hold 15.5 percent of capital under the Basel III. (photo: Vennem/Newscom)

The 2008 global financial crisis exposed the vulnerability of banks that do not hold enough capital. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has since revised capital requirements for banks. In this podcast, we ask IMF economist Lev Ratnovski, how much capital banks need to hold to avert another crisis.


Lev Ratnovski, Senior Economist in the IMF’s Research Department.

Muna AbuSulayman: Gender Equity in Saudi Arabia

April 04, 2017

World Economic Forum ranked Muna AbuSulayman one of the most influential Muslim women for her work in media, gender, and education (photo: WEF/ Norbert Schiller).

Muna AbuSulayman, is founder and co-host of the most popular social issues program on Arab television. Kalam Nawaem tackles controversial topics and has been pushing social boundaries in the region for 15 years. In this podcast, AbuSulayman says Arab women should be free to achieve their goals without cultural or economic barriers.


Muna AbuSulayman, Co-founder of Meedan.com, a news hub for Arab youth and women.

John Evans: Navigating Today’s Labor Market

March 24, 2017

John Evans, head of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (photo: MAYA VIDON/EPA/Newscom)

Labor unions around the world are having to adapt to a fast changing labor market. John Evans heads the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and represents some 65 million organized workers worldwide. In this podcast, Evans says workers are caught in the middle of rapid technological change and slow global growth.
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John Evans, General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

Jamie Drummond: Invest in Africa or Else

March 15, 2017

ONE co-founder Jamie Drummond, says Africa’s population boom presents an opportunity for the region and the world. (photo: Mark Doyle / Splash News/Newscom)

As the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors meet in Germany this week, policymakers are looking at ways to increase investment in Africa. ONE Campaign’s Jamie Drummond says investing into the education, employment and empowerment of this generation of Africans will help create jobs and curb migration into Europe.
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Jamie Drummond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The ONE Campaign


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