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Sub-Saharan Africa Outlook: 1 Planet, 2 Worlds, 3 Stories

October 22, 2021

The lack of vaccines and limited policy support are weighing on Africa's outlook. (iStock by Getty images)

The world remains in the grip of the pandemic and a seemingly accelerating pace of climate change. Solutions to these global problems must involve all countries and regions, especially sub-Saharan Africa, with the world’s least vaccinated population and critical ecosystems. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is set to expand by 3.7 percent in 2021 and 3.8 percent in 2022. This follows the sharp contraction in 2020, but still represents the slowest recovery relative to other regions. Papa N’Diaye leads the team that produces the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa. In this podcast, he says access to vaccines is still the priority for the region.  Transcript

Papa N’Diaye heads the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department.

Women in Economics: Jayati Ghosh on Unpaid Care Work

October 20, 2021

Jayati Ghosh: The role women play as caregivers in society is what allows economies to function. (photo: UNCTAD)

The Women in Economics series showcases extraordinary work by extraordinary women in a field dominated by men. In this second episode, journalist Rhoda Metcalfe speaks with Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst, whose work on gender issues and the public value of care work gives voice to the unpaid caregivers who form the economic base for societies around the world. In this podcast, Ghosh says our whole notion of productivity is skewed because most care work is not captured in GDP. Transcript

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Fabio Natalucci: Financial Stability through a Rocky Recovery

October 12, 2021

Latest GFSR weighs the risks of some unexpected trends like the surge in the housing market. (Istock by Getty Images/ anilakkus)

The latest Global Financial Stability Report takes a close look at how recent supply chain disruptions, wage pressures and inflation might compromise the stability of the global financial system. Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department and heads the GFSR. In this podcast, he says while risks have been contained so far, vulnerabilities remain in a number of sectors including the housing market, where house prices have unexpectedly surged during the pandemic. Transcript

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Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Gita Gopinath on Latest Outlook: Recovery Gaps Persist

October 12, 2021

IMF Chief Economist says a lot more multilateral action is needed to end the vaccine divide.

While the World Economic Outlook shows output in advanced economies set to exceed pre-pandemic levels next year, prospects for low-income countries and emerging markets have darkened considerably due to vaccine shortages and limited support. Overall, the outlook's global growth projection for 2021 has been revised down marginally to 5.9 percent and is unchanged for 2022 at 4.9 percent. The downgrade also reflects continuing supply disruptions and the impact on advanced economies. IMF Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath heads the WEO. In this podcast, she says universal vaccine access remains key for an equitable global recovery. Transcript

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Gita Gopinath is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Tobias Adrian: The Promise and the Risk of Crypto Assets

October 8, 2021

The rapid rise of crypto assets is posing new challenges to financial stability. (iStock by Getty Images/ marchmeena29)

The crypto ecosystem is growing fast because there are a number of potential benefits to adopting crypto assets, like making payments and financial services cheaper, faster and accessible to more people. But the rapid growth and increasing adoption of crypto assets are posing new challenges to financial stability. Analysis in the latest Global Financial Stability Report takes a deep dive into the world of crypto and calls for a global push to regulate crypto assets. IMF Financial Counsellor, Tobias Adrian, headed the research and in this podcast, he says a regulatory approach with common standards across countries will make crypto assets safer and protect investors. Transcript

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Tobias Adrian is the IMF Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

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