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I n this episode, Emerging Markets Fund Manager at M&G Investments Gregory Smith. We discuss China’s evolving role in and engagement with African countries, debt relief, Eurobond issuances and the importance of debt transparency.

Gregory recently published a book “Where Credit is Due” that draws from his analysis of various African economies’ transitions over the last 10-15 years. He unpacks the complexity of the African debt and provides forward-thinking solutions that can help preserve African countries’ international market access while meeting development goals.

About Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith is a macroeconomist whose expertise lie in global finance and political risk. He is currently an emerging markets fund manager at M&G Investments. Gregory is known for analysing and challenging normalised assumptions about investing and emerging markets and his interests lie in the Middle East and Africa. His work involves macroeconomic management, structural policies for inclusive growth, poverty reduction as well as fiscal and debt sustainability. Gregory has consulted African governments and worked in global financial markets as an investor. He has also been a senior economist and sovereign debt advisor at the World Bank where he gained experience with Cameroon, China, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mongolia, Sierre Leone, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia.

Gregory has obtained his doctorate in quantitative economics from the University of Nottingham. His research has featured on Bloomberg, The Economist, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal with his current research is on investing through an Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) lens and what future sovereign debt management should look like. He is the author of a new book called ‘Where Credit is Due: How African Debt Can be a Benefit, Not a Burden’.