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Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing the Remarkable Jump in Capital Flows

November 27, 2018

Global factors such as U.S. interest rates and commodity prices have a direct impact on capital flows to sub-Saharan Africa. (iStock by Getty Images/fotopoly)

In the wake of the global financial crisis and with low interest rates lingering in most advanced economies, investors have increasingly been looking at Africa for investment opportunities. The IMFs latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa examines what this spectacular increase in capital flows means for the region. In this podcast, economist Mahvash Saeed Qureshi says the recent rise in investment capital offers a lot of opportunities but also carries risks. Qureshi led the research team that wrote the report.

Mahvash Saeed Qureshi is a Deputy Division Chief in the IMFs African department.

Vera Songwe: Closing the Tech Gender Gap

November 16, 2018

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, speaking at the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali. (IMF photo)

There is a growing body of research that shows that more women in the labor force means higher economic growth, and for longer periods. And while some sectors have made progress in breaking down gender barriers, the rise of technology in others presents new challenges for women. Vera Songwe is the first woman to head the U.N.s Economic Commission for Africa, and in this podcast, Songwe says African women are especially disadvantaged in the technology sector because they often dont have access to the internet. Songwe talked to IMFs Angela Gaviria while attending the IMF-World Bank Annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

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Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dag Detter: Unlocking Public Wealth

November 9, 2018

The city of Boston is one of many cities worldwide to underestimated the value of its public assets. (iStock by Getty images)

While countries around the world scramble to find new revenue streams, it turns out most are sitting on wealth they dont even know they own. The IMFs Fiscal Monitor launched in October, analyses public wealth in 31 countries to find their assets worth $101 trillion or 219 percent of GDP. Dag Detter is a specialist in public commercial assets, and works as an adviser to local and national governments to help make their public assets work for the benefit of their citizens. In this podcast, Detter says countries could easily double the amount of money available for infrastructure if assets were properly managed. Detter is co-author of Unlocking Public Wealth, featured in the March 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Dag Detter and Stefan Folster's book The Public Wealth of Nations is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dag Detter is a specialist in public commercial assets.

Jonathan Ostry: Growth for Some vs Growth for All

October 25, 2018

IMF economist Jonathan Ostry says policies that distribute the benefits from growth more equally lead to longer growth spells. (iStock by Getty images)

Not everyone benefits equally from strong economic growth. And while most economists focus on optimizing policies to produce higher growth, economist Jonathan Ostry argues that it is how the benefits from that growth are distributed that will ultimately determine whether the growth will last. Ostry is deputy director of the IMFs Research Department, and says the supply-side policies commonly prescribed by economists to increase growth often benefit disproportionately the wealthier segments of society and result in economies that are less resilient.

Jonathan Ostry is author of several books and articles on inequality, including Growth or Inclusion? featured in the June 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine. Ostry's latest book Confronting Inequality, which he coauthored with IMF colleagues Prakash Loungani and Andrew Berg, is published by Columbia University Press.

Jonathan D. Ostry is deputy director of the IMF's Research Department.

Roberto Azevêdo: Trade is not the Problem

October 18, 2018

Roberto Azevedo, World Trade Organization's Director General, says trade and immigration should not be blamed for employment woes. (IMF photo)

The IMF-World Bank Annual meetings bring together people from around the world to discuss issues that affect the global economy. This years meetings were held in Bali, Indonesia, and one issue at the top of the agenda was the rising backlash to globalization by workers who feel they're losing jobs to trade and immigration. Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization dispels those claims, and in this podcast, the IMF's Camilla Andersen asks Azevedo why he thinks international trade has been under fire of late.

Roberto Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization.

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