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Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

Writing for PS since 2020
12 commentaries

Vera Songwe is Senior Adviser at the Bank for International Settlements’ Financial Stability Institute.

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  1. Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Apr 16, 2024 Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.

  2. Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change
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    Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change

    Jan 24, 2024 Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe propose a mechanism for freeing up the fiscal space low-income economies need to invest in green growth.

  3. Financing Our Survival
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    Financing Our Survival

    Sep 22, 2023 Vera Songwe explains what it will take to mobilize capital for the net-zero transition worldwide.

  4. Fully Replenishing the Green Climate Fund
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    Fully Replenishing the Green Climate Fund

    Sep 19, 2023 Vera Songwe & Mahmoud Mohieldin urge advanced economies to help developing countries by ensuring that the GCF has the resources it needs.

  5. Financing Our Survival
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    Financing Our Survival

    Sep 11, 2023 Vera Songwe explains what it will take to mobilize capital for the net-zero transition worldwide.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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