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October 24, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) is an international financial institution which offers political risk insurance and credit enhancement guarantees to help investors protect foreign direct investments against political and non-commercial risks in developing countries. MIGA is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington. It was established in 1988 as an investment insurance facility to encourage confident investment in developing countries.

Here, Petal Jean Hackett, an Economist in the Economics and Sustainability Group of MIGA, responds to a series of questions from ATI on current investor sentiment. She says recent surveys suggest that macro-economic conditions and political risk are today the major concerns of investors, outstripping such issues as market risk and access to finance.  Investors polled in a MIGA-EIU Investor Survey, she says, identify a number of risk mitigation techniques,
including investing gradually to develop familiarity with the local environment, forming joint ventures, and engaging with host country governments . . .




October 1, 2014

CHINA has given priority to innovation and is on a journey from Made in China to Create in China, says Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).  Creative output, he says, is a key as educators prepare people for jobs five years into the future which cannot even be defined today . . .




September 25, 2014

REALITY bites. Singapore is running out of land, population growth is continuing. The nearby option – for both workers and retirees – is Malaysia’s emerging Iskandar development, just across the Straits of Johor, where lower housing and schooling fees beckon . . .




September 4, 2014

ATI Magazine August/September 2014 issue

THE Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) is likely to revolutionise the way trade finance is conducted, with exponential growth in BPO transactions likely as more global and regional banks adopt the product . . .




September 4, 2014

WITH India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, killing off a new trade deal reached in Bali in December, a group of nations may push ahead on their own in what would see further fragmentation of the multilateral trade system . . .




September 4, 2014

THE G20 meeting in Brisbane in November will be presented with a set of 20 mutually-reinforcing recommendations for action drawn up by 400 global business leaders and policymakers who want to see structural reforms to remove impediments to growth . . .




September 4, 2014

LOW growth, higher unemployment, growing inequity and serious erosion of trust are part of the legacy of the global financial crisis, says OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria . . .




August 4, 2014

SIMPLY producing more food without meeting minimal quality and safety requirements would undermine China’s response to the global food and nutrition security challenge, says the World Bank . . .




July 7, 2014

ATI Magazine June-July 2014 issue

Robert Horn

ATI Correspondent

 

THE military seems to have learned from its previous mistakes – the well-being of business, including tourism, has been made a priority.  
The most daunting challenge will be to manage the re-ordering of the political system to everyone’s satisfaction . . .




June 20, 2014

ATI Magazine April/May 2014 issue

ASIA is at the beginning of a 150-year cycle of wealth creation, led by China — the factory of the world which is now the factory of the world’s billionaires — according to Wealth X, a Singapore-based research firm dedicated to identifying and validating ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals around the world . . .




June 20, 2014

ATI Magazine April/May 2014 issue

“THE West needs to move away from the concept that the evolution of China will spawn a system that looks like other Western democracies. There could well be another way which does not presently exist” . . .




June 20, 2014

ATI Magazine April/May 2014 issue

WITH the legal market globalising, China is not alone in fearing an inflow of foreign law firms, which have already snared most of the big deals being done in Singapore and Hong Kong, says Hunt & Hunt’s Jim Harrowell, one of Australia’s most experienced international lawyers. “I have some sympathy for them,” says Harrowell, but he is hopeful that Australian firms will be able to enter joint ventures and profit sharing with their Chinese counterparts by the end of this year . . .




June 6, 2014

ATI Magazine April/May 2014 issue

A Culture of Blame . . .

Too much compliance kills entrepreneurs

AUSTRALIA does not have an effective business judgement rule, says John Colvin, Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Over-regulation is starting to hinder competitiveness, he warns . . .




May 23, 2014

FORMER Presidents Megawati’s ambitions for her daughter are being blamed for an unexpected setback to the Presidential hopes of the popular Joko Widodo — as Islamic parties snare a total 39 per cent of the vote in legislative polling in Indonesia . .




May 23, 2014

ATI April-May 2014 issue

AUSTRALIA has signed off on trade agreements with Japan and South Korea, and hopes for an agreement with China by the end of this year . . .




May 15, 2014

THE megatrend in agribusiness will be higher demand for meat and high-protein food as millions emerge from poverty in Asia, says Cheo Tong Choon, Executive Chairman of the Singapore-listed Mewah Group. Mewah has expanded from refining and marketing palm oil (it is the world’s third-largest palm oil refiner) into rice and dairy. With more people set to change from vegetable-based diets, particularly in China and India, Cheo is “highly optimistic” of the future of countries like Australia and New Zealand as suppliers of beef,  lamb and dairy to emerging Asia . . .




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