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Magatte Wade: An African Serial Entrepreneur with a Heart

July 30, 2014 | By More
Magatte Wade: An African Serial Entrepreneur with a Heart

She’s none too serious, loves joking around and utterly fails to get the point of forced sex. Meet Magatte Wade, a young outspoken entrepreneur from Senegal and one of the up-and-coming power women from an awakening continent. The Davos World Economic Forum named her a Young Global Leader. She is a regularly invited speaker at […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright: EU Sets New Financial Laws for Non-EU Entities

July 29, 2014 | By More
Norton Rose Fulbright: EU Sets New Financial Laws for Non-EU Entities

Introduction The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is one of the cornerstones of EU financial services law setting out which investment services and activities should be licensed across the EU and the organisational and conduct standards that those providing such services should comply with. Following technical advice received from the European Securities and Markets […]

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Boris Johnson: Fast and Furious, Reasoned and Smart

July 28, 2014 | By More
Boris Johnson: Fast and Furious, Reasoned and Smart

He did inhale. London mayor Boris Johnson did, being – in his own words – no stranger to cannabis. He also argued, in one of many silly moments, that if gay marriage was ok, there should be no reason not to consecrate a union between three men and a dog. Mr Johnson since has become […]

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Grant Thornton UAE: Bridging the Gap in Private M&A Transactions

July 25, 2014 | By More
Grant Thornton UAE: Bridging the Gap in Private M&A Transactions

The increased appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is prevalent at both a regional and global level. This trend presents plenty opportunity. However trials and tribulations may precede success when considering the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) current market place. For instance, the second most challenging part of being a regional M&A advisor is […]

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Brian Cox: Science for the Masses

July 24, 2014 | By More
Brian Cox: Science for the Masses

Amongst the remains of Kolmanskop, an old mining town in the Namib Desert, a scrawny metrosexual soliloquizes about the nature of the universe in a Lancastrian accent. After another minute of establishing shots, the presenter sits down on a dune and builds a sand castle. He then goes on to give an explanation of the […]

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World Bank Supports New Innovative Financing to Reach SMEs and Exporters in Turkey

July 23, 2014 | By More
World Bank Supports New Innovative Financing to Reach SMEs and Exporters in Turkey

The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$250 million equivalent loan for the Innovative Access To Finance Project for Turkey whose main development objective is to improve access to longer-term Islamic finance and to factoring for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) and export-oriented enterprises (EOEs).* The project will be implemented by Türkiye Sinai Kalkınma Bankasi (TSKB) […]

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OECD: Achieving a Resilient Economic Recovery

July 22, 2014 | By More
OECD: Achieving a Resilient Economic Recovery

The recovery from the Great Recession has been slow and arduous, and has at times threatened to derail altogether. However, the major advanced economies are finally gaining traction and momentum. Private-sector confidence is rebuilding. After years of weakness, investment and trade volumes have started to rebound. While unemployment remains unacceptably high, the labour market situation […]

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From Nigeria to UK – Dr Solomon Fubara: Helping the Diaspora Break into Business

July 21, 2014 | By More
From Nigeria to UK – Dr Solomon Fubara: Helping the Diaspora Break into Business

Nigerian-born Dr Solomon Fubara did not quite set out to become a member of the UK diaspora community. In fact, he came to get a university degree in 1983 and had every intention of using his education to get ahead back home. As in many cases, this was not to be. After graduating, Dr Fubara […]

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Joseph E. Stiglitz: Creating a Learning Society

July 18, 2014 | By More
Joseph E. Stiglitz: Creating a Learning Society

Citizens in the world’s richest countries have come to think of their economies as being based on innovation. But innovation has been part of the developed world’s economy for more than two centuries. Indeed, for thousands of years, until the Industrial Revolution, incomes stagnated. Then per capita income soared, increasing year after year, interrupted only […]

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From Croatia to Chile – The Luksic Family: From the World’s Driest Desert to the Forbes List

July 17, 2014 | By More
From Croatia to Chile – The Luksic Family: From the World’s Driest Desert to the Forbes List

In Chile, everyone knows the Luksics and their remarkable story that started with Policarpo Luksic who left his native Croatia as a young man to try his luck in the mineral-rich Atacama Desert in Chile’s far north. Here, in purportedly the world’s driest desert, Policarpo Luksic did reasonably well. He married the granddaughter of a […]

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