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Africa's Pulse: Boosting Resilience: The Future of Social Protection in Africa

April 13, 2022


The economy in Sub-Saharan Africa is struggling to pick up momentum amid a slowdown in global economic activity, continued supply constraints, an outbreak of new coronavirus variants, high inflation, and rising financial risks due to high and increasingly vulnerable debt levels. Scarring effects induced by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and combined with climate-related issues present long-term risks to the outlook of African economies, constraining the region from reaching the twin goals of ending poverty and achieving shared prosperity.

Join World Bank Africa Chief Economist Albert Zeufack for the launch of the Spring 2022 edition of Africa’s Pulse, the region’s biannual macroeconomic analysis. In a conversation with seasoned journalists, Zeufack will discuss the need for structural transformation to reduce the risk of recession and social protection reforms to strengthen economic resilience and responsiveness to shocks.

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    Albert Zeufack


    Albert Zeufack, a Cameroonian national, is the World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region. He joined the World Bank in 1997 as a research economist in the macroeconomics division of the Research Department. Since then, he has held several positions in the East Asia and Pacific region, as well as in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice with a particular focus on Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Zeufack’s main research interest is the micro-foundations of macroeconomics. Prior to his appointment as Chief Economist, he was Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice and leader of the World Bank-wide Community of Practice for the Management of Natural Resources Rents, a group interested in sovereign wealth, fiscal rules, public spending patterns, and macro-modeling in natural resource-rich economies. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Zeufack taught economics and applied econometrics at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he received his Ph.D. in economics. He holds a master’s degree in economic analysis and policy from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.

    Julians Amboko

    Julians Amboko


    Julians Amboko Oyombe is a communications professional with a focus on development finance; corporate actions and investor relations, public and private capital markets, and broader macroeconomics with a focus on public finance management and monetary policy.