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Last week at OCP Policy Center, we published a book on Quantitative Tools to Understand and Forecast Commodity Markets, and a report on APSACO, the African Peace and Security Annual Conference.

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Quantitative Tools to Understand and Forecast Commodity Markets

Understanding the COMMODITY markets development and dynamics is of first-order importance for the global economy, since they seem to impact the determination of a significant portion of incomes and welfare of both commodity-consuming and commodity-producing nations. Indeed, for many economies, especially developing countries, commodities remain an important source of export earnings, and commodity price volatility has a major impact on their overall macroeconomic performance. Consequently, the relevance of studying how we can improve and expand our knowledge of commodity markets (of crucial importance for both economists and decision makers) has spurred the publication of a vast range of literature, using a large variety of quantitative approaches. Those approaches have employed a broad spectrum of methodologies, from structural to non-structural models. Within this framework, an international workshop was held on September 28, 2016, at the OCP Policy Center in Rabat to discuss the wide development and application of commodity markets and industries models. The present Book, which represent a collaboration between The Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences (Souissi) of Mohammed V University in Rabat, the African Institute of Risk-Management and OCP Policy Center, collects the revised and updated versions of the five papers that were presented at the workshop.

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Synthesis Report : African Peace and Security Annual Conference – APSACO

The African Peace and Security Annual Conference (APSACO), organized by the OCP Policy Center, was held from July 10 – 11, 2017 in Rabat. This first edition, focusing on the African Union’s (AU) strategic autonomy, aimed to facilitate a serious and constructive consideration of the various probable and realistic options for the rise of this international organization as an autonomous entity that is globally interdependent. The conference also aimed at launching a deep African debate on the continent’s place in developing global strategic discourse.

Call for Papers : Submissions Closing Soon

The requirements of economic and social development in developing countries especially in Africa are considerable. Developing countries face major challenges such as increasing their growth rate. This particular challenge presupposes a significant effort to mobilize internal and external financing simultaneously with the changes in global development financing modalities: the rise of internal financing at the expense of official development assistance (ODA) and external financing. The requirement in terms of increasing growth rates to significantly reduce unemployment and poverty exists in the context of a broader strengthening of the investment program that is linked to a greater mobilization of savings. Macroeconomic literature on the impact of financial liberalization on savings is considerable1 . However, most models considering this question do not clarify the direction of causality between variables as a result of the complexity of the reform process.

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