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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 a private investor for TLG Capital

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

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

Global Financial Stability Report: Volatility, Protectionism Raising Risks

April 18, 2018

Latest IMF Global Financial Stability Report says market volatility a harbinger of bumpy road ahead (John Angelill/UPI/Newscom). Read the IMF BLOG

The Global Financial Stability Report, or GFSR, is published twice a year and looks at the risks facing the global financial system. The objective is to prevent future crises by highlighting policies that might help mitigate some of those risks. In this podcast, the IMF’s Fabio Natalucci suggests investors stay attuned to risks associated with rising interest rates and protectionism. Natalucci heads the team of economists who write the overview chapter of the GFSR. The report also looks at crypto-assets for the first time.


Fabio Natalucci, is a Deputy Director in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Hackathons: New Technologies Can Help Raise Tax Revenue in Africa

April 6, 2018

Hackathons are helping governments raise revenues in Africa (iStock by Getty Images/Peopleimages).

While the word hack sounds nefarious there’s nothing sinister about a hackathon. It is a creative brainstorming event that brings together people from the private sector, government, academia, civil society and technical experts to devise solutions to help governments raise revenues. In this podcast, economist Katherine Baer talks about her recent experience in hackathons in Senegal, Uganda and Ivory Coast, and how new technologies can help those governments collect more taxes. 

Katherine Baer, Division Chief, IMF Fiscal Affairs department.

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