As the world economy is recovering from the prolonged recessionary consequences of the 2008 “great recession” new geopolitical risks have surfaced rapidly, and somewhat unexpectedly. The military developments in Syria-Iraq in the form of the rise of ISIS militia, the...Read More
Developmental success of nations, broadly speaking, depends on two forms of capital. One is the natural and inherited capital, the other ‘made-capital” accumulated over time. As important as the natural resources are the human-made resources and capabilities too...Read More
SA national elections on May 7th 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s constitutional democracy. Whilst the ANC maintained its control over the national government with a 62% majority, it had much to worry when examining the details of voting patterns across the 9...Read More
To watch the full keynote address video by Dr. Abedian go to the following link: http://youtu.be/oC5lseYIgxk Intergenerational equity is a complex issue in public policy. The complexities may be compounded when one views it through the lenses of political economy, philosophy,...Read More
Honourable and distinguished guests, honoured members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Swaziland, eminent members of the Auxiliary Board of the Continental Counsellors for Africa, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, I am most grateful, indeed honoured, for...Read More
The world is indeed in the throes of one of the most profound transitions in history. Not only do technological and economic changes have world-embracing effects, but also the prevailing socio-political dynamics has no historical precedence. This is not to say that in the past...Read More
One of the glaring ironies of Africa remains food insecurity and hunger in the midst of plenty. The continent has plenty of arable land, much of it is not used for cultivation and whatever is cultivated it is done so, by and large, without modern technology for production and...Read More
Iraj Abedian, is a graduate of University of Cape Town(UCT), and holds a PhD in economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He taught at UCT for over 18 years and was professor of economics at UCT before joining Standard Bank as Group Chief Economist in 2000. He was extensively involved in economic and financial policy as well as institutional restructuring of South Africa’s public finance policy after 1994. Alongside active involvement in private equity investments in Africa, Iraj maintains a keen interest in public policy issues and is proactively engaged in professional discourses related to the evolving socio-economic system worldwide.
Iraj frequently appears in numerous financial journals and magazines. He writes a monthly column in the African Business Times Magazine entitled “ Frank Talk”. He is regularly interviewed concerning financial and economic news as well as other matters of public policy facing South Africa at large. Visit the Articles page regularly to keep abreast with all his latest published interviews and articles.
The blog page will be updated weekly with articles written by Iraj. Topics discussed will stretch far beyond the economy and financial matters. As a student of social sciences, Iraj enjoys research and reflection on many socio-economic challenges that face South Africa and Africa as a whole and these are what will form the basis for his articles. He welcomes you to comment on any of the articles as he would love to exchange views and considered perspectives on various matters.