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David Dollar on the Value of Value Chains

June 14, 2019

David Dollar's article on value chains Invisible Links is published in the June 2019 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Global value chains break up the production process so that different steps can be carried out in different countries. In the past, a country had to master the production of a whole manufactured product to export it, which rarely happened. With value chains, a country can specialize in one or several activities in which it has a comparative advantage. In this podcast, David Dollar says he's seen Asia's economies transformed by value chains in recent years. Before joining Brookings as Senior Fellow at the China Center, Dollar was World Bank Country Director for China and represented the US Treasury in Beijing.

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David Dollar is a Senior Fellow at the China Center at the Brookings Institution.

Fanwell Bokosi on Taming Africa’s Debt Beast

June 5, 2019

Fanwell Kenala Bokosi, AFRODAD Executive Director, during 2019 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings. (IMF photo)

Debt is at record levels around the world. 40 percent of low-income countries are wrestling with debt distress or high-risk debt levels and for a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa the debt crisis has already materialized. Fanwell Kenala Bokosi is the Executive Director for the African Forum and Network for Debt and Development, or AFRODAD. In this podcast, Bokosi says the nature of Africa's debt has changed in recent years, making it more difficult to find solutions for debt sustainability problems. Fanwell Bokosi joined a panel on Tackling Debt during the 2019 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings

Dr. Fanwell Kenala Bokosi is the Executive Director for the African Forum and Network for Debt and Development, or AFRODAD

Andrew Steer on How Fiscal Policies Can Help Save the Planet

May 17, 2019

IMF research says carbon pricing can effectively reduce emissions and help fund investments for Sustainable Development Goals. (iStock by Getty Images) Fiscal Policies for Paris Climate Strategies

The main objective of the Paris agreement signed by 190 countries in 2015, is to reduce carbon emissions and ensure a transition to low emissions economies. A new IMF paper looks at the role of fiscal policies in helping countries implement their climate strategies. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute joined a panel to discuss the paper at the Center for Global Development. Before joining WRI, Steer held senior positions at the World Bank and was the Chief Author of the landmark 1992 World Development Report that placed environmental economics front and center. In this podcast, Steer says carbon emissions need to be dramatically cut from the global economy to avoid dangerous climate change, and carbon pricing can help do that.

Andrew Steer is President and CEO of the World Resources Institute.

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.

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