Léonce Ndikumana Presents at 22nd Annual General Meeting Of Shareholders Of African Export-Import Bank in Lusaka, Zambia


Léonce Ndikumana presented "Mobilizing African Resources for Export Diversification and Development" at the 22nd Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) in Lusaka, Zambia on June 10, 2015.  The theme of the annual meeting was "African Direct Investment as a Source of Long Term Finance for Export Diversification and Development in Africa."

Read Léonce Ndikumana's presentation Mobilizing African Resources for Export Diversification and Development

See the Program for the 22nd General Annual Meeting of AFREXIMBANK 




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Jim Boyce participates in seminar on agrarian policies and Colombia’s post-conflict transition at the Department of National Planning in Bogota, presents lecture at the Universidad de los Andes
By: econnews - July 13, 2015

Jim Boyce participated in a seminar on agrarian policies and Colombia’s post-conflict transition at the Department of National Planning in Bogota, and presented a lecture on external assistance and post-conflict transitions at the Universidad de los Andes. Video of the latter is here (my presentation, which is in English, starts at around 41:30 on the top tape); and press coverage is here:
http://www.elespectador.com/noticias/economia/agro-sostenible-una-paz-durable-articulo-568301. (This article is in Spanish; see English translation below.)
Agro sostenible – English version

See interview with Michael Ash in AGORA, a documentary on the Greek crisis.
By: econnews - July 2, 2015
Léonce Ndikumana Op-Ed in TheConversation.com: “How Africa can overcome being marginalised in the global economy”
By: econnews - July 2, 2015

One of the challenges facing African countries is that the global environment is rather unfriendly. This hampers their efforts to gainfully tap into global markets.

Additionally, African economies are hindered by them still depending heavily on external assistance. Domestic revenue mobilisation is substantially below potential and progress in this area is very slow.

How to handle these challenges has typically focused on what African countries should do to improve their positions, and what their development partners or donors should do to improve the continent’s economic fate.  Read more…..

Raul Zelada Aprili, Gerald Friedman guest bloggers on TripleCrisis.com: “The Slow Burn: The Washington Consensus and Long-Term Austerity in Latin America”
By: econnews - July 1, 2015

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Dollars & Sense.
For over thirty years after World War II, Latin American governments promoted economic growth and development through policies that favored domestic industrialization. Capital controls (restrictions on international capital mobility) and trade protections helped promote “import substitution”—producing goods domestically that previously had been imported—rather than exports. Most Latin American countries—including those, like Chile and Brazil, where democratically elected leftist governments were overthrown in the 1960s and 1970s—reversed course to adopt “neoliberal” economic policies.  Read more…..


Nancy Folbre comments in story about possible effects of Greek default and exit from the Eurozone on global economy
By: econnews - June 25, 2015

Regarding job losses from globalization and previous free trade agreements, Folbre says, “Trade theory emphasizes that those who benefit from free trade should be able to compensate those who suffer, making everyone better off. What trade theory doesn’t explain is why the beneficiaries would offer such compensation unless they are forced to do so.” (Observer.com, 6/24/15)