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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 former World Bank economist, a research associate at the Harvard University Center for African Studies, and a fellow at the African Academy of Sciences.

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  1. 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.

  2. The Technologies African Farmers Need
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    The Technologies African Farmers Need

    Nov 24, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack urges policymakers to follow Ethiopia’s lead and invest in irrigation, mechanization, and fertilizers.

  3. Niger’s Colonial-Style Resource Curse
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    Niger’s Colonial-Style Resource Curse

    Nov 3, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack reflects on how Africa’s development paradox has led to entrenched poverty and environmental degradation.

  4. The BRICS Come of Age
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    The BRICS Come of Age

    Aug 18, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack looks beyond the group’s next summit and sees an enlarged membership that could accelerate de-dollarization.

  5. Resilient Remittances
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    Resilient Remittances

    Aug 2, 2023 Hippolyte Fofack explains why money sent home by migrant workers has increased, and how it benefits low-income countries.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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