In Focus: Beyond Aid and Concessional Borrowing in Africa
Interview with Prof. Justin Lin, Professor of Economics at Peking University and the founder of China Center for Economic Research
In this episode of In Focus we interview Prof. Justin Lin, Professor of Economics at Peking University and the founder of China Center for Economic Research to explore new ways of financing development in Africa, and if there is a need to re-think development financing. In Focus, a television series produced by UONGOZI Institute, presents an in-depth overview into the key issues affecting sustainable development in Africa.
Professor Justin Lin
Professor of Economics, Peking University
Prof. Justin Yifu Lin is a Chinese Economist. He studied economics in Peking University and later went to pursue Ph.D at The University of Chicago. After finishing his doctoral dissertation, he returned to Beijing and became a professor at Peking University, founded the China Center for Economic Research (which later upgraded as National School of Development) and was appointed Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank where he served from 2008 to 2012. After that, he returned to Beijing and to his research at Peking University. His main academic theory is called New structural Economics.
In Focus: Rules vs Deals for Economic Growth
In this episode of In Focus,we delve into the issue of building institutions with Prof. Lant Pritchett from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and get his take on whether strong institutions are needed for economic growth.
In Focus: Tackling Africa’s Industrialisation Challenge
On this episode of In Focus, we explore industrialisation, what it really means, and what it will take for African countries to industrialise with Professor Samir Amin, renowned scholar and Director of the Third World Forum, an international non-governmental association for research and debate.
In Focus: Optimising Domestic Participation in the Extractives Sector
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In Focus: Impacts of International Trade agreements on Africa’s Development
Despite the fact that Trade Agreements create enormous opportunities for the African continent, there are still a good number of pitfalls and challenges that hinder the development and prosperity of trade within the continent.
Discussing these and more, in this episode of In Focus, we interview Professor Yashpal Tandon, former CEO of the South Center and founder of SEATINI.