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10 Must-read economics stories of the week, 17 January 2020

17-jan-2020

How emerging economies are suffering from productivity slowdown, an explanation of why OPIC is now DFC, and Kenya’s first “green bond” lists on the Nairobi Securities Exchange - here’s your list of this week’s most interesting stories, curated by Bank Vice President Dr. Jennifer Blanke.

Not just a first-world problem. Emerging economies are experiencing a prolonged productivity slowdown. (The Economist)

For the economy, climate risks are no longer theoretical. Climate crises, like financial crises, will be damaging, unpredictable and almost impossible to avoid. (Wall Street Journal)

The problem of an aging global population, shown by country. Why a declining global workforce means labor shortages. (Visual Capitalist)

Have your say on economic development, equality, health & education and other UN’s sustainability goals. Interactive quiz lets you find out how your priorities compare. (The Guardian)

After almost two years of hostilities, the US and China signed a "phase one" deal. Here are five things that aren't in it. (BBC)

As OPIC shuts its doors, former leaders reflect. It was replaced by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, or DFC. (Devex)

U.S. Senate passes North America trade deal. Canada still needs to approve the deal before it can take effect and replace NAFTA. (Yahoo Finance)

Cow dung holds the key to Nepal’s green economy. Nepal has become a world leader in spreading locally-designed household biogas digesters. (Inter Press Service)

China, Europe, and the United States have been intensifying their competition in Africa. Could the next decade see Russia, India and other nations enter into the fray with similar intensity? (Brookings Institution)

Kenya’s green bond was listed for trading on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. It’s a first in the bourse’s 65-year history. (Reuters)

 

 

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