Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Tran in The Financial Times: Two proposals for WTO reform

In the News by Atlantic Council

China International Financial Institutions

Sat, Jun 1, 2019

Global Trade Developments and the Future of the World Trade Organization

The Global Business and Economics (GBE) program co-hosted, with the South Asia Center, a discussion with WTO Deputy Director-General Ambassador Alan Wolff. The conversation focused on the latest global trade developments and the future of the WTO. South Asia Center Senior Fellow Mark Linscott moderated the session. In addition, Marie Kasperek, deputy director of the […]

Insights & Impact by Bridget Corna

Economy & Business International Financial Institutions

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

The European Union and Brexit

In the context of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the world Bank Group, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program (GBE) and the Future Europe Initiative (FEI) co-hosted The Hon. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice President of the European Commission for the Euro. The discussion held on April 12th centered on the […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

European Union Eurozone

Mon, Nov 5, 2018

The Future of development finance

Growing anxiety about China’s dominance of emerging markets spurred a rare bipartisan effort to pass the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act of 2018. The BUILD Act delivers a needed overhaul of US development finance capabilities and commercial diplomacy by subsuming the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and other development finance agencies […]

Issue Brief by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Apr 3, 2018

Who are the winners and losers of Africa’s new free trade agreement?

Last month, the leaders of forty-four African nations signed a framework agreement to form a continental free-trade zone that will encompass a billion people and up to $3 trillion of cumulative GDP. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would be the largest free trade agreement since the founding of the World Trade Organization over […]

AfricaSource by Abdoul Salam Bello and Jonathan Gass

Africa East Africa

Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Aubrey Hruby testifies before the US International Trade Commission

On Tuesday, January 23rd, Africa Center Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby testified on US-Africa trade and investment before the US International Trade Commission hearing on US Trade and Investment with Sub-Saharan Africa: Recent Developments, #332-564. Distinguished members of the committee, Ambassadors, and fellow witnesses: I would like to begin by thanking you, not only for the […]

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa East Africa

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

The future of development finance

On October 31, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the new United States International Development Finance Corporation (USDFC), in preparation for the launch of Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby’s new issue brief on the subject. Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies and Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton introduced Hruby’s paper and welcomed […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Putin finally tells Russians the truth (sort of)

In his annual television marathon “Direct Line with Vladimir Putin” on June 20, the Russian president did something unusual. To my knowledge, this is the first time he specified the impact of Western sanctions on Russia, which he usually presents as having a positive effect on the Russian economy because of import substitution. “Look, according […]

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

3D Printing: Shaping Africa’s Future

Disruptive technologies—such as the Internet of Things, robotics, and three-dimensional (3D) printing—have been heralded as the future of the global manufacturing sector. However, in Africa, they could hinder industrialization and result in fewer entry points into global supply chains. While it may be possible for African nations to “leapfrog” directly to newer technologies, it is […]

Issue Brief by Aleksandra Gadzala

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Fintech: Powering inclusive growth in Africa

From cryptocurrencies to blockchain to mobile money, financial technology (“fintech”) is revolutionizing the basic structures of the global economy. Financial services delivered through fintech are becoming more accessible, efficient, and personal. In sub-Saharan Africa, where only 34 percent of adults have bank accounts, fintech companies are already providing financial products and services to millions of […]

Issue Brief by Aleksandra Gadzala

Africa Economy & Business