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Hippolyte Fofack

Hippolyte Fofack

Writing for PS since 2020
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Hippolyte Fofack, a former chief economist and director of research at the African Export-Import Bank, is a Parker fellow with the SDSN at Columbia University, a research associate at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, a distinguished fellow at the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and a fellow at the African Academy of Sciences.

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  1. The Eclipse of the Petrodollar
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    The Eclipse of the Petrodollar

    Jun 27, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack shows how digitalization and geopolitical risk are giving rise to alternative payment mechanisms.

  2. Restoring Africa’s Culture and Philosophy Is the Key to Development
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    Restoring Africa’s Culture and Philosophy Is the Key to Development

    May 31, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack shows how the lack of a collective consciousness has reduced most governments to managing crisis after crisis.

  3. The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop
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    The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

    Apr 8, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack urges international development policymakers to address the inequities in the global financial system.

  4. Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Mar 1, 2024 Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

  5. Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom
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    Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom

    Dec 19, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack argues that supporting local industrial enterprises could help reduce the continent’s import dependency.

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    The King of the Americans

    Steve Pincus observes that the US Supreme Court has given the president powers denied to English monarchs since James II.
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    Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?

    Shang-Jin Wei

    Taiwan’s experience suggests that the attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump may provide him with enough sympathy votes to return to the White House. Barring a dramatic shift, such as President Joe Biden being replaced by a more dynamic nominee, the prospects for a Democratic victory appear dim.

    draws parallels between the attack on Trump and the incident that swayed the 2004 Taiwanese election.
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    Fighting Climate Change Requires a Different Mindset

    Sonia Guajajara thinks the rest of the world can learn a lot from how indigenous peoples relate to nature.
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    The Supreme Court Just Sabotaged the US Economy

    Kenneth Jacobs considers the implications of a decision that will hobble federal rulemaking and unleash a wave of litigation.
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    Gen Z’s Growing Consumer Power

    Wolfgang Fengler explains how the generation’s enormous economic potential will unfold over the next two decades.
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    Why Is China’s Consumption Rate So Low?

    Zhang Jun thinks Chinese households are spending more than official data indicate, but that more support is needed.
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    South Korea Is Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War

    Anne O. Krueger warns that America’s recent policy shifts could jeopardize a critical strategic alliance in East Asia.
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    What to Do About the Taliban’s Gender Apartheid

    Gordon Brown proposes how international pressure can be brought to bear to reverse the regime's ban on girls' education.
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    What Labour Needs to Succeed

    Mariana Mazzucato & Sarah Doyle share lessons from other countries about how to implement an effective industrial strategy.

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