At G20 Summit, Adeosun Canvasses Inclusive Growth for Africa

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By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has advocated sustainable and inclusive growth for Africa.

She spoke at a high level G20 seminar of finance ministers in Paris Thursday night.

The finance ministers met to discuss current challenges to the international financial architecture and ways of combating macroeconomic volatility.

The high-level seminar also assessed volatility in capital flows and their impact on global economic conditions.

Speaking at the opening plenary session alongside Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, Valdis Dombrovkis, Vice President of the European Commission, and Wolfgang Schauble, Minister of Finance, Germany, Adeosun acknowledged the progress that has been made in the international financial architecture since the 2008 global financial crisis.

She noted that the first line of defence is sound macroeconomic policies, which Africa in general and Nigeria specifically, is trying to tackle with a series of fiscal housekeeping initiatives.

The Minister said that there had been excessive focus on GDP as a measure of economic progress, which often concealed vulnerabilities, particularly inequalities. She called for a more holistic measure of economic growth.

She highlighted the risks associated with international capital flows and warned that African economies need to be insulated from the disruptive effects of volatile short term portfolio flows.

Africa can build the necessary resilience, she said, but there must be more careful management of capital flows and a move towards long term and sustainable growth.

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