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Grant Thornton UAE: It’s Your Choice – Business vs Risky Business

October 22, 2014 | By More
Grant Thornton UAE: It’s Your Choice – Business vs Risky Business

When looking at Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) within organisations, the need for further clarification soon becomes evident. The process of ERM is something that we may unknowingly follow in our daily lives, when planning to go on holiday or planning our next business venture. We evaluate the risks involved and the processes that need to […]

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Forbidden Pleasures: France Flouting EU Budget Rules

October 21, 2014 | By More
Forbidden Pleasures: France Flouting EU Budget Rules

“A budget proposal written by poets and alchemists.” That’s how a visibly annoyed EU diplomat in Brussels described the 60-page draft budget for 2015 France submitted last week to the European Commission. While the document speaks of “substantial efforts at fiscal consolidation,” the French government aims to shear only a tenth of a percentage point […]

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Frans Timmermans: A Knowledgeable Pragmatist

October 20, 2014 | By More
Frans Timmermans: A Knowledgeable Pragmatist

He is rather unassuming and speaks softly without carrying a big stick. Dutch foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans, however, has put his small country back on the world map after his predecessors beat a retreat to behind the dikes and levees of narrow nationalism. While The Netherlands has historically punched above its apparent weight on […]

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Cityscape Launches Inaugural Event in Kuwait

October 16, 2014 | By More
Cityscape Launches Inaugural Event in Kuwait

Region’s Largest Real Estate Event Shines Spotlight on Kuwait Real Estate Market Cityscape Kuwait, the premier international real estate investment and development event in the State of Kuwait is scheduled to open doors on 7 – 9 December 2014 at Kuwait International Fairgrounds. The exhibition and conference is the latest from the world renowned Cityscape […]

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Sustainable Stock Exchanges: Urgent Need for Simple Metrics

October 15, 2014 | By More
Sustainable Stock Exchanges: Urgent Need for Simple Metrics

The 4th biennial Global Dialogue on the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, concluded yesterday (10/14) at the United Nations Geneva headquarters, unveiled the urgent need for all stakeholders – stock exchanges, regulators, investors, and businesses – to adopt simple, yet effective and standardised, ways of measuring and reporting non-financial corporate performance. “Right now investors are […]

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Sustainable Stock Exchanges: The Relevance of Green Indices

October 15, 2014 | By More
Sustainable Stock Exchanges: The Relevance of Green Indices

At the fourth Global Dialogue of Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative, last Tuesday in Geneva, Nasdaq OMX vice-chairman Meyer “Sandy” Frucher livened up discussions by spelling out a few hard-hitting truths. Though delivered in way that elicited chuckles from the participants, Mr Meyer reminded all present that green indices compiled by stock exchanges have so […]

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WIF 2014: Start-Up Democracy Tunisia Steals the Show

October 15, 2014 | By More
WIF 2014: Start-Up Democracy Tunisia Steals the Show

Interim Prime-Minister Mehdi Jomâa of Tunisia has offered to host the next World Investment Forum (WIF), scheduled to take place two years from now. In Geneva for the 2014 WIF, an event organised by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mr Jomâa said his country – which he called a “start-up democracy” […]

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World Bank Group: Can Resource-Financed Infrastructure Fix the Natural Resource Curse?

October 14, 2014 | By More
World Bank Group: Can Resource-Financed Infrastructure Fix the Natural Resource Curse?

By Håvard Halland, John Beardsworth, Bryan Land, and James Schmidt How can resource-rich countries ensure that a sufficiently large share of oil, gas, and mining revenues are used for productive investment rather than excessive or wasteful consumption? “Resource-financed infrastructure” (RFI) contracting is a new contract form that has evolved from experiences in several developing countries. […]

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Graça Machel: The Only First Lady of Two Countries

October 13, 2014 | By More
Graça Machel: The Only First Lady of Two Countries

She is the only known woman to have been the first lady of two countries. Graça Machel (68) is, however, best known for her dedication to the plight of refugee children around the world. She gained wide respect as an authority on the subject with her 1996 report for UNICEF – the United Nation’s Children’s […]

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Zambia Set to Impress and Welcome Investors

October 10, 2014 | By More
Zambia Set to Impress and Welcome Investors

Zambia has seen foreign direct investment (FDI) increase significantly to well over $1bn in 2013 – up 31% over the previous year. The number of projects receiving capital investment from outside the country went up as well. Greenfield investment in telecommunications projects amounted to $300m last year while the financial services sectors attracted $100m of […]

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