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Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria becomes Africa’s largest economy after GDP revision

Nigeria has begun using a new base year for its GDP calculations and has added new sectors to the economy. The change in calculation has nearly doubled its GDP estimate for

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

4 policy areas South Africa must address

South Africa faces increased regional competition as a place for investment. Here are 4 areas that may help the country stay ahead. This April marks the three year anniversary of

Economics Latin America

The Repsol settlement – a path forward for Argentina?

Argentina has finally negotiated an end to one of Latin America’s most turbulent investment conflicts, opening the door to further development of the country’s newly-discovered energy resources. But there are

Economics Europe

IMF pushes for Ukraine reforms as part of aid package

In response to the recent turmoil in Ukraine, the IMF is working to extend financial assistance but will likely ask for reforms in the public, business and energy sectors. The

Asia Pacific Economics

Widening wealth gap threatens Vietnam’s stability

A joint report issued earlier this month by the Vietnam General Statistics Office and the World Bank has drawn attention to a growing wealth gap in the Southeast Asian nation.

Finance North America

Why Stan Fischer’s next job matters to global finance

The US Federal Reserve is getting a new face: Stan Fischer will likely become the body’s new vice chairman. All eyes are on where he stands on the Fed’s increasingly regulatory

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

East African Community moves toward a single currency

The East African Community (EAC) signed a Monetary Union Protocol at the end of last year, putting it on track to introduce a single currency by 2024. The East African Community,

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Growth impeded by obstacles to female traders in Africa, says report

A recent World Bank report finds that women make major, significant contributions to trade in most African countries, but face many obstacles when it comes to fully realizing the potential of

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Palestine’s private sector growth plan depends on politics

Private sector-led growth and decreased Israeli restrictions on trade are needed to boost Palestine’s stagnant economy. The Palestinian Economic Initiative represents a potential solution, but its success depends upon political

Economics International

10 countries most improved in “Ease of Doing Business”

The top ten list of most improved countries in the new Ease of Doing Business report from the World Bank includes some surprising members. The World Bank has just put