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Charles  Robertson

Charles Robertson

Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital
Quotes
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Investing in Africa
This year, we received the results of a survey: if there are a lot of children, there is little money in the country. If there are 2–3 children in the family, you can save money, put it in a bank, and then banks can give out credit. <…> In Nigeria, Kongo or Angola families have 5–6 children, so the banking system there is smaller
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Investing in Africa
These countries can not get wealthy because there are too many people <…> For instance, Algeria produces lots of barrels of oil, yet it translates into 9 barrels per 1000 capita, or just USD 1.75 per week. <..> In Gabon it is 93 barrels per 1000 capita. <…> Equatorial Guinea has 200 barrels per 1000 capita
23.10.2019
Russia- Africa Economic Forum 2019
Investing in Africa
Today, Africa is moving away from commodity dependency, much like India or China did recently. The reason is the population growth. Most African countries have an annual population growth of 2–4%. <…> If we look at the GDP per capita <…> if you want to get rich, it has to grow at 3–5%. We want to accomplish that through industrialization
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
The Search for Middle Class Stability in a Changing World
Around 2023 to 2033, we will be able to discern the political result of the 2008 crisis. <...> Large stock market crashes cause concern among the middle class. We have seen this happen twice already in the last century. Right now, it is not yet clear if we are seeing a drift towards right-wing populism, towards anti-immigration, protectionist rhetoric, or a shift to the left – increasing taxes for the rich, increasing taxes on capital, breaking apart Google, Facebook, and any other large corporate monopolies
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Africa
Any country needs to be electrified in order to succeed
07.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Russia–Africa
In the past 20 years we saw a great deal of change. Education indices have improved significantly
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Russia–Africa
We invested billions of dollars in Africa. It gets more money than Latin America and Asia
25.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Economic Protectionism and Global Markets
We already were in a similar situation, when Reagan came to power. <...> What was achieved by the trade wars he arranged? <...> The trade deficit has grown significantly