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A view of the plenary session at the 6th Africa CEO Forum

Africa's leading private sector investment conference kicks off in Abidjan

ABIDJAN — Transforming Africa — and how to effectively do so in a digital era — shaped panel discussions and sideline debates during the opening day of the sixth annual Africa CEO Forum, the continent’s premier private sector conference, which kicked off Monday in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The assembly line at the General Motors plant in Lansing, Mich.

Trump Secures Trade Deal With South Korea Ahead of Nuclear Talks

WASHINGTON — President Trump scored his first significant trade deal this week, securing a pact with South Korea that represents the type of one-on-one agreement that Mr. Trump says makes the best sense for American companies and workers.

Illustration by Matt Murphy appearing in The Economist article "The workplace of the future"

AI-spy: The workplace of the future

As artificial intelligence pushes beyond the tech industry, work could become fairer—or more oppressive

Students of Laboratoria, a Peru-based nonprofit that trains young women from low-income backgrounds to become software developers in the tech sector. Photo by: Laboratoria

Silicon Valley's role in shifting the education sector from access to outcomes

SAN FRANCISCO — There has been a growing emphasis on the need to frame success in education around learning rather than attendance. But if you ask some entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, there is still too much emphasis on butts in seats, and not enough attention paid to whether kids are learning.

World Bank launches world-first blockchain bond

SYDNEY - The World Bank has priced the world’s first public bond created and managed using only blockchain in a A$100 million ($73.16 million) deal designed to test how the technology might improve decades-old bond sales practices.

Jerome Powell, seen at the 2016 Jackson Hole economic symposium, headlines a long list of central bankers gathering in the Grand Tetons this week. PHOTO: DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG NEWS

As Central Bankers Meet, Economic Uncertainties Weigh on Sunny Outlook

Tariffs, emerging markets and U.S. discord are likely to be the focus of side conversations at the Fed’s annual mountain retreat

A White House aide assists Donald Trump connect a phone call with Enrique Pena Nieto on Aug. 27. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Trump Says He's Agreed on Mexico Trade Deal to Replace Nafta

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is pursuing a new trade accord with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement and called on Canada to join the deal soon or risk being left out.

Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States trade representative

Between Trump and Brussels, Trade Talks Face Myriad Challenges

BRUSSELS — When it comes to trade negotiations, there is Trump speed, and then there is Brussels speed. Reconciling the two will be more laborious and hazardous than expected, exposing the world’s biggest trade partnership to further turmoil in the months ahead.


Asia-Pacific turns to innovative finance to stamp out malaria

HANOI, Vietnam — With grant funding for malaria drying up, global health advocates have come to this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN with a pitch for more innovative financing — including from institutions such as the Asian Development Bank.

Theresa May

No-deal Brexit would hit UK economy, says IMF

The International Monetary Fund has warned that a "no-deal" Brexit on World Trade Organization terms would entail "substantial costs" for the UK economy.

The IMF said that all likely Brexit scenarios would "entail costs", but a disorderly departure could lead to "a significantly worse outcome".