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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 research associate at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, a distinguished fellow at the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and a fellow at the African Academy of Sciences.

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  1. The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop
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    The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

    Apr 8, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack urges international development policymakers to address the inequities in the global financial system.

  2. Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Mar 1, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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