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Réflexions insulaires sur Maurice et les Seychelles

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Ces dernières années, j’ai eu le bonheur d’exercer les fonctions d’économiste résident de la Banque mondiale pour Maurice et les Seychelles. Alors que ma mission se termine, je voudrais ici partager quelques observations sur les succès obtenus et les défis encore à relever par ces deux pays, observations qui, je l’espère, alimenteront de plus amples réflexions.  

“Notes from a small island”*: reflections on Mauritius and Seychelles

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For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to be the World Bank’s resident economist for Mauritius and Seychelles. With this now coming to an end, here are some especially striking impressions of these countries’ successes and challenges that I hope can provide food for thought more widely.

Toing and Froing in Freetown

Mark Roland Thomas's picture



Countries coming out of crises undergo rapid structural changes, including migration and big economic shifts. This can complicate the measurement of their progress, sometimes in unexpected ways, as we found out recently in Sierra Leone.

Why Germany wins and lessons from the Champions League final

Wolfgang Fengler's picture
Gary Lineker, the British footballer, is not only known for his talent on the pitch, but also for this memorable quote: “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans win”.  Last weekend his theory proved correct. For the first time ever, two German teams contested in the Champions League Final. Bayern Munich (winner in 2001) played Borussia Dortmund (winner in 1997).