THE EU has led the world in collecting VAT on all online sales, adopting a mechanism which is now part of the OECD’s Base Erosion Profit Sharing (BEPS) project. The OECD’s Raffaele Russo explains how regulators are moving to capture profits hidden in borderless trade . . .
POST OFFICES are becoming natural partners to SMEs because of their huge distribution networks through 650,000 outlets, and an ability to offer complementary business services. The Universal Postal Union is about to roll out an escrow account to help SME e-merchants . . .
IN A TOXIC internet environment, valuable services are being forced behind castles and fortresses – it is no longer an open Internet because, suddenly, the entry price is the price of the fortress, says leading scientist Geoff Huston . . .
ISSUES arising from the shift to a fully-digitised world affect all levels of Government and are beyond the jurisdiction of a single Government department, says the OECD’s Anne Carblanc. “We believe the cross-Government approach is absolutely necessary,” she told ATI ...
THE changes wrought by ICT and the way the global economy works have not been properly captured by official data on GDP and inflation, says economist Stephen Jen . . .
GLOBALLY, the value of e-commerce reached US$15.2 trillion in 2012-13, and countries need to adopt laws to facilitate this, at a domestic,
regional and international level, says UNCTAD’s Head of ICT analysis, Torbjorn Fredrikssen. Currently, he says, there is no answer to such issues as data protection involving the use of cloud services . . .
THE WORLD will watch as Japan takes a lead in confronting the dilemma of an ageing (and shrinking) population. Studies show lower birth rates in major cities, so Japan has embarked on a programme to encourage young people to opt for rural living . . .
THREE candidates have officially declared for the Presidency as the good-governance-is-good-economics policy pursued over six years by Benigno Aquino draws to a close. With much at stake, Filipinos won’t want to leave anything to chance in 2016 . . .
FORMER Prime Minister Thaksin’s economic czar, Somkid Jatusripitak, has been recalled. His task — to change Thailand’s economic fundamentals. But will the Generals give him enough time?
MORE supply chains are moving from Southern China into Vietnam in a trend that seems likely to increase. The World Bank says Vietnam also stands to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP), which could add eight per cent to its GDP . . .
HOLDING the world’s fourth-largest reserves of iron ore, India wants to develop its domestic steel industry. But its continuing economic growth has made it a target for steelmakers wanting to dump surplus production as China’s expansion slows. Narenda Singh Tomar, India’s Minister for Steel and Mines, explains . . .
ASEAN member States now rank alongside China as the world’s leading destination for FDI as countries like Japan and South Korea hunt for growth. A new study identifies ASEAN as Australia’s third sphere of
future prosperity, after China and India . . .
WILL BEIJING punish Taiwan if it abandons the more ‘China-friendly’ Kuomintang in the coming Presidential election? Or will the Opposition DPP be able to manage the cross-strait relationship?
SRI LANKA is set to launch a global campaign to promote the quality and diversity of its premium export teas to a consumer market which is increasingly health-conscious and adopting tea as part of modern lifestyle . . .
GLOBALLY, currencies and interest rates have already moved to factor in the new reality in China, says Charles Dallara, who is acknowledged as one of the most astute and widely experienced ‘insiders’ of the world financial system. In this exclusive interview with ATI Magazine, Dallara says that, globally, currencies and interest rates have already moved to factor in the new reality in China. “Markets may over-react at times,” he observes, adding that, basically, the global economy is resilient . . .
THOSE TRADE WINDS have died, and Asian economies modelled on export-led growth are in a ‘very challenging’ position, says Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD. Trading economies are now competing for the same markets, not selling to an expanding pie. Reiter worries about private debt in Asia, and fears for the future of poorer countries that squandered development opportunities during the resources boom – a boom he does not expect to be repeated . . .