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Hippolyte Fofack

Hippolyte Fofack

Writing for PS since 2020
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Hippolyte Fofack, a former chief economist and director of research at the African Export-Import Bank, is a former World Bank economist, a research associate at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, and a fellow at the African Academy of Sciences.

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  1. Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom
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    Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom

    Dec 19, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack argues that supporting local industrial enterprises could help reduce the continent’s import dependency.

  2. The Technologies African Farmers Need
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    The Technologies African Farmers Need

    Nov 24, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack urges policymakers to follow Ethiopia’s lead and invest in irrigation, mechanization, and fertilizers.

  3. Niger’s Colonial-Style Resource Curse
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    Niger’s Colonial-Style Resource Curse

    Nov 3, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack reflects on how Africa’s development paradox has led to entrenched poverty and environmental degradation.

  4. The BRICS Come of Age
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    The BRICS Come of Age

    Aug 18, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack looks beyond the group’s next summit and sees an enlarged membership that could accelerate de-dollarization.

  5. Resilient Remittances
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    Resilient Remittances

    Aug 2, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack explains why money sent home by migrant workers has increased, and how it benefits low-income countries.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle

    Big Tech firms flagrantly disregard the implicit social contract that enables capitalist economies to thrive. The time has come to curb their market power and establish the institutional mechanisms necessary to prevent the benefits of technological innovation from being monopolized by a privileged few.

    urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.
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    Europe and the World Need Ukraine to Prevail

    Dmytro Kuleba & Josep Borrell

    Ukrainians, Europeans, and others around the world all have an interest in opposing the kind of war of aggression that Russia launched two years ago. Failing to support Ukraine now would invite a return to the dark past of military aggression, imperialism, and colonialism – and not just in Europe.

    remind everyone of the stakes in Russia's war of aggression, as it enters its third year.
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    Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?

    Josh Burek considers whether the technology has checked all the boxes needed to achieve wider adoption.
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    Russia Will Honor Navalny Someday

    Carl Bildt reflects on the murdered opposition leader’s success in challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime.
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    Europe Is Home Alone

    Joschka Fischer thinks the threats to European security have become too great for the status quo to bear.
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    Economic Possibilities for Our Overworked Grandchildren

    Kaushik Basu shows how it is possible to redistribute income from the rich to the poor without undermining individual incentives.

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