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Perspectives politiques du futur de l’Afrique : Renforcement de la gouvernance démocratique pour répondre durablement aux défis de développement et de sécurité.

Sara Hasnaa Mokaddem | Posted : October 12, 2017

Les théoriciens du Sud –mais aussi du Nord– participent de plus en plus aux débats mettant au centre les expériences du « Sud global » ainsi que le rôle de l’Afrique dans la nouvelle géo-économie mondiale. Le continent Africain subi encore des réflexions et théories qui ne prennent pas en considération les spécificités du développement et de l’émergence des sociétés africaines dans un contexte mondialisé contemporain. Dans cette optique, le colloque organisé par l’OCP Policy Center les jeudi 5 et vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 sur les perspectives politiques du futur de l’Afrique a permis d’aborder une série de thèmes portant sur la notion de l’Etat, sa structure et son rôle, la démocratie, la gouvernance, le rôle de la société civile, les frontières, l’intégration régionale et la sécurité. Tout cela, afin de contribuer à la redéfinition du discours narratif imposé sur les réalités Africaines. 

The Education Puzzle

Thomas Awazu Pereira da Silva | Posted : October 04, 2017

Is Education in crisis worldwide? It surely is a fundamental issue of national and international development for Morocco’s policy makers. Recent reforms point to a key moment and momentum builder in public policy and policy implementation for the Kingdom. Policy makers agree that Education touches on fundamental themes of development economics as well as cognitive growth and ethics. It is behind human capital accumulation, and thus productivity and economic growth benefits from international trade and cooperation, facilitates the absorption of new technologies and therefore influences how our lives and working processes evolve. It also relates to a moral concern to provide opportunities for all individuals and social improvement. Education illustrates the challenges to link progress in theoretical development economics to practical policy design and operationalization. Naturally, working on Education reform involves: (i) analytical work testing the appropriate models with the best data; (ii) project or policy design using the previous results; (iii) implementation of the most effective project or policy; and (iv) evaluation of outcomes. But Education is more: it also has (v) an ethical dimension, providing quantity and quality educational opportunities for all. In sum, Education - as part of poverty and inequality reduction strategies - needs to be effective and socially inclusive. It is rarely a one-size-fits-all, which is why its projects and policies need to be designed by assessing local conditions, collaborating with communities and always understanding issues from different cultural standpoints. In some instances, a common “blueprint” or a “good recipe” can be retained and adapted to local circumstances. For example, in many developing countries, the objective is to increase universal coverage in primary and secondary education while reducing poverty. However, as noticed in both Morocco, middle-income countries, and industrialized economies, this widespread enrollment strategy is now putting tremendous pressures on labor markets that show too little absorptive capacity.

The Metamorphosis of Financial Globalization

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : September 15, 2017

After a strong rising tide starting in the 1990s, financial globalization seems to have reached a plateau since the global financial crisis. However, that apparent stability has taken place along a deep reshaping of cross-border financial flows, featuring de-banking and an increasing weight of non-banking financial cross-border transactions. Sources of potential instability and long-term funding challenges have morphed accordingly.     

India – Morocco Ties: Looking at Cooperation from an Agricultural Perspective

Ihssane Guennoun | Posted : September 04, 2017

India and Morocco have enjoyed a steady and fruitful relationship that continues to grow thanks to the trade opportunities between both countries. Indeed, the various agreements between India and Morocco yielded effective results for both countries who set a model of South-South cooperation that is also a win-win partnership. 

How Did Cuba Make It Online ?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : August 28, 2017

Dual transitions are under way in Cuba. The island is slowly opening its economy, and a new crop of younger political leaders, potentially more open to democratic norms, waits in the wings. A third transition, the rise of digital access, is also in an early stage. But it is this third transition that arguably has the most momentum and could significantly accelerate the first two.

Does Brazil’s Sector Structure Explain Its Productivity Anemia?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : June 20, 2017

Brazil’s labor and total-factor productivity (TFP) have featured anemic increases in the last decades (Canuto, 2016). As we illustrate here, contrary to common view, sector structures of the Brazilian GDP and employment cannot be singled out as major determinants of productivity performance. Horizontal, cross-sector factors hampering productivity increases seem to carry more weight.

Trade Backlash and the World Trade Organization

Uri Dadush | Posted : May 22, 2017

The best way I can describe my feelings about trade these days is as an unstable anxiety disorder. Following on November 8 2016, the date of the US election, my anxiety level rose markedly as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was buried. Shortly thereafter it touched a maximum when a dangerous idea called the Border Adjustment Tax was gaining traction, and the North-American Free Trade Agreement seemed headed the way of TPP. Then I became a little less prone to panic attacks, as various checks and balances on Presidential action seemed to kick in. Executive Orders now command the preparation of studies of why trade agreements are not working instead of commanding immediate departure from them. That gives me hope.

Nafta at the Crossroads

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : May 22, 2017

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative last week, rounding out President Donald Trump’s cabinet and giving momentum to his trade agenda. At his swearing-in ceremony on May 15, Ambassador Lighthizer predicted that President Trump would permanently reverse “the dangerous trajectory of American trade,” and in turn make “U.S. farmers, ranchers and workers richer and the country safer.” This policy shift will begin in earnest in the coming weeks, when Lighthizer meets with congressional trade leaders to discuss the administration’s plan to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).