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South Africa 'must call in IMF'

While much of the world economy appears to be on the mend, South Africa is in trouble. Per capita income is declining and the economy is in recession for the second time in eight years. To restore investor confidence, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba should consider calling in the IMF, writes Desmond Lachman.

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EU 'still offers example for Asean'

The European experiment is under pressure, tested by the rise of nationalist politics. But for Asean, the EU still serves as an example of what might one day be possible, even if they have not tread identical paths towards union. The diversity of economies in Asia has meant embracing flexibility over rigidity.

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'The return of hard power'

Military spending is rising in many parts of the world, notably Asia and the Middle East. China’s outlay is estimated to have gone up by 120% since 2007. Small countries, too, are more focused on military issues. This signal about the changing global environment should be taken seriously, writes David Skilling.

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'Onus is on Africans'

Citizens have a key role to play in improving African leadership, writes Kingsley Moghalu. As Ameena Gurib-Fakim, the president of Mauritius, has said, the onus is on Africans: 'People have to start asking the right questions. Politicians, leaders, policy-makers in normal democracies are all accountable to the people.'

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'Folly' of leaving EU customs union

Of the many claims about Britain’s exit from the European Union, the most odd is that leaving the EU customs union opens the door to a massive expansion of exports, writes Denis MacShane. This is an illusion and the UK should tell the EU now that leaving the customs union is not a priority.

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Green finance for public investors

A new OMFIF report, 'Green finance for Global Public Investors', addresses the impact of climate change on financial markets, and the implications for public investors. Introduced by Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, it features commentators from European governments, sovereign funds and development banks.

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Low-carbon transition is 'indispensable'

A financial system that facilitates the transition to a low-carbon economy is 'indispensable', according to Jens Weidmann, Deutsche Bundesbank president, opening an OMFIF seminar on green finance and the role of public investors in the development of the market at the Bundesbank's Frankfurt regional headquarters.

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Markets 'must act' on climate change

In a keynote speech at OMFIF's seminar on green finance held in Frankfurt at the Bundesbank's regional headquarters, Michael Meister, deputy German finance minister, said that it was time to understand that climate change may be as much a matter for financial markets as was the financial crisis.

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OMFIF launches the fourth annual Global Public Investor report devoted to public sector asset ownership and management across a range of official institutions around the world. Panelists included representatives from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Bank of Latvia and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

EU nationals and the British labour force

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EU nationals and the British labour force

The rights of EU nationals living in the UK has been one of the most controversial issues since Britain voted to exit the bloc in June 2016. Around 3m EU nationals live in the UK, comprising 7.3% of total UK employment.

Fed raises rates but turns dovish

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Fed raises rates but turns dovish

Fed policy-makers see the slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter as 'transitory', and will be watching to see if the downturn in inflation is temporary too. Further dovish inflation data for May have added to the sense of caution.

Gold market opportunity cost is worth paying

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Gold market opportunity cost is worth paying

Two years ago some commentators predicted that the price of gold could fall below $1,000 an ounce and that the market was heading for a downward spiral. Today the precious metal costs around $1,250 an ounce, and its price has been on an upward trend since the start of the year.

GCC deficits likely to persist through to 2021

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GCC deficits likely to persist through to 2021

In 2013 oil export revenues exceeded $1.2tn for GCC economies. The IMF projects these revenues will fall to $720bn by the end of 2017. Since oil revenues make up on average more than 45% of tax revenues, the resulting budget deficits in GCC countries are unlikely to recover in the near term.

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US withdrawal 'will not derail climate efforts'

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US withdrawal 'will not derail climate efforts'

This month's advisers network poll focuses on the US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Of those polled, 68% remain confident in the G7's ability to meet its climate objectives without US leadership.