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November 13, 2015

THE ‘missing element’ in all discussions about regional trade agreements is the opinion or view of the private sector, says a trade specialist at the WTO. As a result, often there is no value to an SME in the deal . . . 




November 13, 2015

THE IMF is urging countries to reform their energy policies. It says those with the top subsidies, in terms both of per cent of GDP and per capita, stand to gain the most . . .  




October 28, 2015

UNDER a ‘new normal’ scenario, Chinese companies are expected to invest more than US$9 billion in Australia over the next decade . . . 




October 28, 2015

TRANSLATION of global trade agreements into business opportunities is the mantra of the Geneva-based International Trade Centre, jointly funded by the WTO and the UN.




October 28, 2015

THAILAND is offering a raft of tax and other incentives for companies setting up Interna- tional Headquarters to service their subsidiaries in the region and beyond . . . 




October 9, 2015

IF current trends continue, says Uriel Lynn, new rights for unions and workers are going to suffocate business. He has drawn up guidelines which member Chambers of the ICC will take to governments across the world, seeking to defend employer rights . . .




October 9, 2015

THE US has made a mistake in choosing not to participate in China’s initiative to establish an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, says US business leader and G20 government advisor Terry McGraw. He sees a funding vacuum for infrastructure in emerging economies. . .




September 18, 2015

PARIS - On-going change to the current Chinese economic model reveals two major developments: deteriorating price competitiveness in relation to other countries in Asia, and a transition to growth sustained by consumption rather than by investment, says a new report by credit insurer Coface.




September 10, 2015

JULY 1 saw the Australian Business Chamber’s showcase in ShanghaiMart open with 200 products on display, and the first firm orders are starting to come in. The Chamber’s Export Growth China strategy revolves around showcasing Australian products at the new Shanghai facility coupled with targetted displays at regional trade fairs through China . . .




September 10, 2015

HOTELS are increasingly aware of both the spending power of Chinese travellers and their expectations – 37 per cent of the wealthiest travellers nominate Australia at the top of their wish-list . . .




September 10, 2015

COMPENSATION is available for buyers under a Trade Assurance programme now being offered by China’s e-commerce giant, which has also unveiled a venture with alternative finance provider Capify to provide
short-term working capital for its customers . . .




August 28, 2015

WE KNOW all about the black economy — sometimes known as the shadow or underground economy. Then, there is the growing digital economy. And now, the circular economy — something else altogether.
   The circular economy involves changing the very basis of manufacturing, as we know it, to recycle material with the end aim of slowing likely depletion of natural resources in a world of growing consumerism.
   In time — and with the right level of Government and society acceptance — the circular economy could change the way we consume, the way we live and the way goods are made.
   In essence, the world has to accept “more from less”.




August 28, 2015

McKinsey estimates that net material savings in a Circular Economy on a global scale could reach US$1 trillion by 2025. The benefit would be highest in the automotive sector, followed by machinery and equipment . . .




August 28, 2015

THE bottom line is that Australian companies need to look at Singapore not as a destination in itself but as a springboard to the wider Asian region . . .




August 10, 2015

THE World Bank is taking a sanguine, but cautious view of likely reaction to the first upward movement of US interest rates. It believes the first real impact will be on interest costs, which could impact emerging and developing economies over coming months . . .




August 10, 2015

DATA measured over 40 years from 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific should stimulate debate among policymakers and societies to consider the
consequences of relentless growth . . .




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