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Dialogue for better policy design

If you wonder how to put oil in your reform engine, see the latest on PublicPrivateDialogue.org. The proceedings of the workshop held in Paris earlier this year present the Charter of Good Practice in Public-Private Dialogue, which was drafted in real-time by practitioners from 30 countries.

Arvind Subramanian interviews Paul Krugman

Economics made Paul Krugman famous. Punditry has made him a celebrity, famous for being famous… as public persuader [he] was so successful that the New York Times offered him an op-ed column, the most prestigious piece of real estate in mainstream U.S. journalism. Almost by accident, he moved from demystifier of arcane economics to hard-hitting political commentator…

Poisonous profit

The slime from a poisonous Brazilian tree frog has united Amazonian village elders and shamans with the Brazilian government. The story touches everything from biopiracy and the economics of the global pharmaceutical industry to the future of WTO trade talks.

Africa’s economic outlook

The OECD has released their African Economic Outlook 2005/2006. See the press release:

The African economy is expected to grow by 5.8 per cent this year and another 5.5 per cent next year. Oil-exporting countries are outpacing others by a substantial margin while other countries continue to face serious problems.

SUV driver, ease your conscience

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Feeling guilty about the damage your Ford Taurus does to shrinking ice caps? Ford has teamed up with TerraPass to create a Greener Miles program where you can calculate your CO2 emissions and pay the equivalent to support renewable energies and become carbon neutral. This is one of a growing number of schemes out there to help those concerned at climate change offset the impact of using planes, trains and automobiles.

China and India’s impact on Africa

New from the OECD: The Rise of China and India - What's in it for Africa? By the end they lean towards the conclusion that the “Asian Drivers’ rise in the world economy are largely positive for Africa.” The real determinant will of course be the wisdom of future policy decisions - this is where we need to focus. See a short summary or this policy insight note.

Emerging market firms positioned to lead

The Boston Consulting Group has a new report out, The New Global Challengers: How 100 Top Companies from Rapidly Developing Economies Are Changing the World.

Until recently, only a dozen or so companies based in rapidly developing countries could be described as emerging global challengers. Today there are hundreds, which is in line with the expectation that by 2050 China and India will be two of the world’s three largest superpowers…


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