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Connections as a Path to Prosperity

Connections as a Path to Prosperity

July 27, 2021

Commerce, the exchange of goods and services, is at the heart of economic prosperity. Goods get to us because roads and rail connect us to different places, supporting supply chains. Quality infrastructure built in the right place is important. But just building infrastructure is not enough. What is equally essential is how that infrastructure is used to provide services: the trucking, haulage, rail, and other services that carry the goods. In this episode, we discuss how the market for road infrastructure services - can facilitate or, impede the functioning of supply chains.

Forging Cybersecurity Responses to the Menace of Cyberattacks

Forging Cybersecurity Responses to the Menace of Cyberattacks

July 13, 2021

This episode builds on Episode 4 which presented the economic analysis of cybersecurity markets and the policy framework governing stakeholder actions. This episode considers the role of firms/organizations; it points to actions that government and businesses can take to ensure that their vital interests are secure from cyberattacks. It presents different types of risks that companies face and the tools to mitigate them, paying special attention to the interaction of business and technical needs. It also addresses the timing of investments in cybersecurity in an increasingly digitalized world.

Climate-Smart Mining to Support the Energy Transition

Climate-Smart Mining to Support the Energy Transition

June 29, 2021

An increasing focus on clean energy is driving up demand for minerals and metals needed for its production. Yet, mining itself can be done in ways that harm the environment, harm communities and even contribute to global warming. Policies can ensure it doesn’t do so. This podcast discusses how.

Did the Pandemic Affect Access to Affordable and Clean Energy?

Did the Pandemic Affect Access to Affordable and Clean Energy?

June 22, 2021

Universal access to affordable, and reliable electricity is essential to every aspect of the modern economy. Yet, many lack this service. In 2020, recessions in countries around the world had a negative impact on investments, electricity providers, and their clients, slowing progress in meeting SDG7 goals. This podcast discusses how 2020 changed the way we approach SDG7 and the policies needed to move forward as growth resumes.

Tackling the Social Cost of Carbon

Tackling the Social Cost of Carbon

June 15, 2021

What exactly is the social cost of carbon? What should policymakers do in the face of uncertainty surrounding its value?  Is a global carbon tax a good response to global warming? This episode addresses these questions. It considers the problems policymakers face when confronting a range of potential catastrophes – as happened in 2020. Should countries plan for each potential disaster as a separate event?

Tell Me How Technology Can Disrupt Mobility

Tell Me How Technology Can Disrupt Mobility

June 2, 2021

Innovations developed in one country take time to be adopted/used in others, sometimes decades. But platform business models in mobility /transport services have been adopted in many countries and in various uses. What about them makes this possible and can a first mover face effective competition from newcomers? The answers are evolving as are the policies countries adopt to guide outcomes.

Debt, Restructuring, and Recovery in the Post-Pandemic Era

Debt, Restructuring, and Recovery in the Post-Pandemic Era

May 19, 2021

Firms, governments and people have racked up debt in the pandemic — and many Infrastructure sectors are hard hit too. Debt needs to be managed well for a solid recovery supported by private financing. In this episode, World Bank Chief Economist Carmen Reinhart has an exclusive chat with Roumeen to share insights on how to go forward.

On the Road to e-Mobility in Cities

On the Road to e-Mobility in Cities

May 4, 2021

Did you know that e-mobility is a pit stop on the road to decarbonization? You need multiple stakeholders to commit to clean energy and work together to reform the transportation sector. A good policy framework, supporting competition and innovation for efficient and green mass transportation is needed.  In this episode, Roumeen Islam catches up with Bianca Bianchi Alves, urban transportation expert, to find out how.

Sharpening Policies for Better Cybersecurity Outcomes

Sharpening Policies for Better Cybersecurity Outcomes

April 21, 2021

Many of us are no strangers to cyberattacks. Places we shop, bank, eat, and conduct online transactions are routinely the target of hackers. Consumers, governments, and businesses are all vulnerable as we are increasingly dependent on the internet. What can we do to make our economies more cybersecure? Find out in this new podcast as Roumeen Islam catches up with Professor Tyler Moore, Tandy Professor of Cyber Security and Information Assurance in the Tandy School of Computer Science at the University of Tulsa and Editor of the Journal of Cybersecurity. 

Can Battery Storage Keep the Lights On?

Can Battery Storage Keep the Lights On?

April 6, 2021

Battery storage could make the dream of continuous power supply a reality. It gives utilities the flexibility to store electricity from variable wind and solar power. Like Lego, you can use batteries to put together different pieces to create bigger systems-and innovation is changing the limits to what can be done. Chandrasekar Govindarajulu, expert on battery storage, discusses its potential and the financial and regulatory frameworks that need to be in place for battery storage adoption and use.