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Arvind Subramanian: India’s New Tax Breaks Down Old Barriers

May 30, 2018

Arvind Subramanian says the goods and services tax provides valuable insight into the size of India’s informal and formal sector. (IMF photo)


As economic advisor to the government of India, Arvind Subramanian helped design the country’s goods and services tax. In July of last year, the national GST replaced the patchwork of value-added, sales, and excise taxes levied by 29 states and the federal government. In this podcast, Subramanian discusses the benefits of the new tax with the IMF’s Chris Wellisz. He says the tax helped create a single internal market for the first time since independence. Their conversation is also featured in the June 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.


Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor to the government of India. 

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Siim Sikkut on The Making of E-Estonia

May 23, 2018

Skype headquarters, Tallin, Estonia. Skype was created in Estonia in 2003. (iStock by Getty images / ebolyukh)


Estonians rarely stand in line for anything anymore. Estonia ranks among the most digitally advanced countries in the world and virtually all government services are now offered online. Estonia is also where Skype was born. In this podcast, Estonia’s Chief Information Officer, Siim Sikkut, talks about how technology has transformed Estonia’s economy and an e-residency program that is wooing more start-ups. Read more about Estonia’s remarkable digitalization process in the March 2018 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.


Siim Sikkut is Estonia’s Chief Information Officer. 

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Zhi Yong Heng: Investment in Africa is About to Explode

May 18, 2018

Marketplace in Madagascar. Investor Zhi Yong Heng says understanding local markets is key to smart investment. Heng took part in a seminar on private investment in Africa during the IMF World-Bank Spring meetings (iStock by Getty images)

With public debt on the rise in sub-Saharan Africa, boosting the private sector has become more important than ever. Zhi Yong Heng is a private investor for TLG Capital, an investment firm that focusses on equity opportunities in Africa. In this podcast, Heng says investors are missing out on great investment opportunities because of misperceptions of the risks and the business environment in the region. The latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa devotes an entire chapter on private investment.

 

Zhi Yong Heng is Head of Special Situations at TLG Capital. 

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Economic Outlook: Growth on the Rise

May 7, 2018

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have invested in infrastructure are showing growth rates of 6 percent or more (photo: iStock by Getty Images).


The latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows a modest uptick in growth largely driven by stronger global growth and higher commodity prices. In this podcast the IMF’s Papa N’Diaye, says it’s time to implement reforms that will firm up the recovery. The study shows growth picking up from 2⅔ percent in 2017 to 3½ percent in 2018. N’Diaye heads the team of IMF economists who write the report and he says the uptick is good news for the region which has been experiencing a slowdown in economic growth over the last few years.


Papa N’Diaye, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department. 

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Paraguay’s Lea Giménez Duarte: Transparency Pays Off

April 26, 2018

Lea Giménez Duarte, Paraguay’s Finance Minister speaking at IMF World-Bank Spring meetings seminar Restoring Trust by Curbing Corruption. (IMF photo)

When people trust their government, good things happen. They’re much more likely to pay their taxes and support those large infrastructure investment projects that help economic growth. A new IMF paper on the institution’s role in governance issues shows that high corruption means less growth and more inequality. In this podcast, Lea Giménez Duarte talks about how Paraguay has benefited from a transparency law introduced in 2015. Giménez Duarte is Paraguay’s first ever woman finance minister, and joined a panel about transparency and corruption during the IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings.


Lea Giménez Duarte is Paraguay’s Finance Minister.

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