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African Continental Free Trade Area a Potential Game Changer

May 8, 2019

Africa's intraregional trade includes manufactured products like motor vehicles while exports to the rest of the world consist mostly of commodities. (iStock by Getty images/thegift7770)

In 2018, African Union members established the African Continental Free Trade Area in an effort to boost regional trade. They agreed to eliminate tariffs on most goods, liberalize the trade of services and address obstacles to trade between African countries. The African free trade agreement has since been ratified by 22 countries and is likely to take effect later this year. The IMF's latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa studies the potential impact of the agreement that will establish a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion dollars. In this podcast, economists Reda Cherif and Geremia Palomba say this could be an economic game changer for the continent.

Geremia Palomba is a Deputy Division Chief and Reda Cherif is a Senior Economist in IMF's African Department.

Nature Is Our Capital: Sir David Attenborough and Christine Lagarde

May 2, 2019

Sir David Attenborough and Christine Lagarde, at the 2019 IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings. When we damage nature we damage ourselves, says Attenborough. (IMF photo)

Nature and economic progress often have a conflicting relationship. In this podcast, lifelong champion of the natural world Sir David Attenborough joins IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde for a tête-à-tête on how economic growth and the economies of nature can work together to preserve life on earth. While the world's natural resources make life and industry possible, the demands of a growing economy are putting unsustainable pressures on our climate and vital ecosystems. In his broadcasting career spanning over six decades, Sir David Attenborough has connected people to the wonders of the natural world through visually stunning documentaries like The Blue Planet, and more recently Our Planet; the quintessential guide to the economy of nature. David Attenborough and Christine Lagarde met before a live audience during the IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings.

Sir David Attenborough is a broadcaster and natural historian and Christine Lagarde is IMF Managing Director.

House Prices and Global Financial Stability

April 30, 2019

Boom-bust patterns in housing sector can help forecast risks to growth and serve as early-warning models for financial crises. (iStock by Getty images/JohnnyGreig)

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There is a strong link between the ups and downs of home prices around the world and the global economy. The latest Global Financial Stability Report takes a deep look into what the latest trends in the housing sector might tell us about vulnerabilities within in the financial system. Claudio Raddatz leads the IMF's Global Financial Stability Analysis team, and in this podcast, he says a high share of financial crisis in recent decades have been preceded by boom-bust patterns in the housing sector.

Claudio Raddatz is Head of the Global Financial Stability Analysis Division in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Three Chief Economists on Why Income Inequality Matters

April 25, 2019

Chief Economists, Laurence Boone (OECD), Gita Gopinath (IMF), Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (World Bank Group) at 2019 IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings. (IMF photo)

Achieving inclusive growth is one of the critical challenges of our time. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde opens a public discussion between IMF Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath, World Bank Chief Economist, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg and OECD Chief Economist, Laurence Boone, about how to ensure economic growth benefits the many and not only the few. In her introduction, Lagarde points out that it's a first for these three multilateral institutions to have women Chief Economists at the same time. The seminar entitled Income Inequality Matters took place during the IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings.

Gita Gopinath is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the IMF.

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg is the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group.

Laurence Boone is the OECD Chief Economist, G-20 Finance Deputy and Head of the economics department.

Sawsan Gharaibeh: Curbing Corruption at Heart of Development

April 19, 2019

Sawsan Gharaibeh, says fighting corruption will help countries achieve sustainable development goals. (IMF photo)

Corruption leeches money from citizens and taxpayers and corrodes trust in government. In this podcast, Transparency International's Chairperson in Jordan, Sawsan Gharaibeh, talks about how governance weaknesses in some countries in the Middle East have undermined economic growth and kept the region on the lower end of the Corruption Perception Index. Gharaibeh was invited to join a panel on curbing corruption at the IMF World-Bank Spring meetings.

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Sawsan Gharaibeh is Chairperson of Transparency International in Jordan known as Rasheed for Integrity and Transparency.

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