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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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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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