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25 February 2021 Multimedia

Investing in Africa: Perspective from the Continent

  1. Herman Warren

Herman Warren, Africa Director for The Economist Corporate Network, discusses the economic and social impact of Covid-19 on sub-Saharan Africa in general, and South Africa in particular, the outlook for the continent post-pandemic, whether the commodities boom will turn into a supercycle, the role of China, and what Africa can expect from the Biden administration.

The Take 15 Series is a collection of illuminating, short conversations with noted economists, best-selling authors, leading researchers, and successful practitioners on topics ranging from geopolitics and whistleblowing to irrationality and outlooks.

Episode Transcript (PDF)

Topics discussed:

1:50 - Intro

4:30 - The pandemic in South Africa and the continent

10:40 - Impact’s from South Africa’s lockdown restrictions

15:30 - Herman’s role as African Director at the Economist

17:56 – Emerging market trends currently happening in the African region

26:39 - Supercycle: will the reality match the expectation?

28:20 - What can Africa expect from a Biden administration?

32:02 - Wrap-up questions

  • One positive change as a result from the pandemic?
  • One item you would take with you on a space flight.
  • Flight vs. invisibility?

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