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The transformational potential of the AfCFTA for Africa and strategies for its successful implementation

Landry Signé, Nihal El Mquirmi | Fri, 5 Feb 2021

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) began trading on January 1st, 2021, after months of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the largest free trade area in the world, and many experts agree that the AfCFTA is an economic and globalization game changer, as it has the potential to transform African economies and position the continent as an increasingly dynamic force in the international arena. Severely impacted by the pandemic, African countries will deeply benefit from the agreement, as it is expected to speed up the recovery of African economies and enhance their resilience. In this podcast, Professor Landry Signé discusses the challenges and opportunities of the AfCFTA and what could be identified as « good practices » for its successful implementation.

 

Food insecurity: a major challenge to overcome

Fatima Ezzahra Mengoub and Isabelle Tsakok | Thu, 04 feb 2021

Ensuring food security for a growing population is one of the major challenges of the coming decades. The scarcity of natural resources, the negative impact of climate change on agricultural production, and the rapid urbanization are all among many other factors that threaten food security worldwide. Given that several million people in the world already suffer from undernourishment and malnutrition, it is necessary today to adopt adequate policies to meet food demand in each country. In light of these observations, Isabelle Tsakok, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, explains in depth the concept of food security and outlines major factors that undermine food security. 

 

Global Trade in the Post-Covid-19 Era

Uri Dadush, Oumayma Bourhriba | Thu, 28 Jan 2021

The preventive policies implemented worldwide in response to the current pandemic have been devastating to global trade, leading many countries to rethink their national trade policies. There is a shift towards an anti-globalism paradigm justified by the negative effects of economic interdependencies during the pandemic. This tendency could lead to a permanent damage to the trading system and, therefore, to the global economy. In this podcast, Uri Dadush, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South and expert in International Trade, contributes to the debate related to the future of international trade.

Le Sud dans les chaînes de valeurs mondiales

Larabi Jaïdi, Mahmoud Arbouch | Fri, 22 Jan 2021

La question du « Sud dans les chaînes de valeurs mondiales » constitue une priorité stratégique pour l’ensemble des pays du Sud, en vue de leurs implications dans les dynamiques de délocalisation initiées par les pays du Nord depuis belle lurette. Une dynamique qui offre certainement au pays du Sud, une intéressante offre d’emplois qualifiés, une opportunité de transfert du savoir, et une chance pour opérer un véritable rattrapage technologique, mais qui reste aussi accompagnée de risques potentiels, associés à la dépendance de la conjoncture internationale, et la forte exposition aux chocs externes qui en résulte. Par ailleurs, la crise actuelle de la Covid-19 interpelle d’autant plus les pays du Sud, qui seront certainement invités à se repositionner dans les dynamiques de relocalisation qui se profilent à l’horizon.

Nouveau pacte européen sur l’immigration et l’asile: analyses et perspectives

Iván Martín, Amal El Ouassif | Fri, 15 Jan 2021

Iván Martín, économiste et Senior fellow au Policy Center for the New South expose le contenu et les principaux axes du nouveau pacte européen sur la l’immigration et l’asile. Adopté en septembre 2020, celui-ci promeut le renforcement des principes de responsabilité partagée et de solidarité entre les Etats membres de l’Union européenne. Toutefois, le pacte en question renforce aussi l’accent mis sur le contrôle des frontières. De nouvelles dispositions qui ne manqueront pas d’impacter les pays d’origine des migrants, comme le souligne Mr. Ivan Martin dans son intervention.

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