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Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

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Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, is Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

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  1. The Financial System Africa Needs
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    The Financial System Africa Needs

    Jul 13, 2022 Vera Songwe touts a broad array of measures that can support investment and improve debt sustainability on the continent.

  2. A New Model for African Health
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    A New Model for African Health

    May 20, 2022 Mariana Mazzucato & Vera Songwe propose a new holistic approach to designing policies, directing innovation, and investing in people.

  3. The COP26 Africa Needs
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    The COP26 Africa Needs

    Nov 1, 2021 Akinwumi A. Adesina, et al. propose a four-part financial and trade package to help the region tackle the climate crisis.

  4. A Better Normal for Africa
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    A Better Normal for Africa

    Jul 8, 2021 Vera Songwe explains what will be required to make the continent’s economies inclusive, green, and digital.

  5. The Unfinished Agenda of Financing Africa’s COVID-19 Response
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    The Unfinished Agenda of Financing Africa’s COVID-19 Response

    Sep 7, 2020 Brahima Coulibaly, et al. propose how to close a funding gap that could reach $100 billion annually for the next three years.

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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.
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    The Populist Climate Threat

    Izabella Teixeira, et al. warn that right-wing nationalists and other political opportunists could normalize inaction.
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    Britain Is Not an Emerging Market – Yet

    Kenneth Rogoff considers the implications of the new government’s poorly received economic-policy package.
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.
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    No Security Without Climate Security

    Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why US policymakers need to focus more closely on global warming as an existential threat.
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    Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners

    Ricardo Hausmann argues that governments must manage natural resources more effectively to promote green growth.
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    The Trade Agenda Today

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala interviewed by Anne O. Krueger

    Recent global developments have shown what is at stake when trade becomes less open and transparent. To assess the current state of the international trading system and what lies in store for it, Anne O. Krueger queries World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the biggest challenges facing her organization.

    about the challenges facing her organization.
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    King Dollar

    In recent weeks, the US dollar has reached 20-year highs against key foreign currencies, and all-time highs against the Chinese renminbi and the British pound. What is sustaining the greenback’s surge, and what are its most significant consequences?

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    The US Inflation Bonanza for Sovereign Debtors

    Gautam Nair & Federico Sturzenegger identify the big winners of a shock that is diluting mountains of debt around the world.

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