This will be my last post on Africa Can. Having recently started a new adventure as Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, I will be blogging on that region’s issues in the MENA blog as well as starting a more general blog (tentatively titled “Economics to end poverty”) with some of my fellow bloggers. It has been a privilege to moderate Africa Can, and I want to thank our readers for the stimulating, lively and frank discussions, as well as for having made this the most popular blog at the Bank.
For my swan song, I thought I’d share with you a video, based on Wolfgang Fengler’s and my recent article in Foreign Affairs. I try to reconcile the optimistic and pessimistic views of Africa’s growth prospects and conclude that, if African policymakers and citizens could have overcome the political resistance to macroeconomic policy reforms, they can also overcome the obstacles to the structural reforms needed to end poverty on the continent.
Let me know what you think.