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Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of IFC: Redefining Development Finance

Complementing – and driving – World Bank President Jim Kim’s vision to transform the multilateral financier into an “honest broker” charged with mobilising and directing private capital towards developing countries, CEO Philippe Le Houérou of the International Finance Corporation (IFC,

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Davos: Till We Meet Again – Bankers Packing Up

Dutch Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem is worried that the increased insularity of thought displayed by Prime Minister Theresa May will prove near-fatal for the United Kingdom: “We’ll probably meet again twenty years from now. By

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IFC: Addressing Climate Change Can Unlock $23 Trillion-Dollar Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets

By Christian Grossmann and Thomas Kerr The historic Paris climate change agreement entered into force in record speed last November, committing countries to a decarbonized future.  This means that new markets for climate-smart investments are set to grow, as governments

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UNCTAD: A Policy Compact to Get Investment Flowing Again

James Zhan suggests world leaders make a joint effort to formulate effective investment policies to help build investment firepower to face 21st Century development challenges. Forecasts of deeper global economic gloom are tumbling one over the other. The global economy

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Ann Low, US Department of State: Go Green by 2019 – Make Business Registration Easy Everywhere by 2019

The “Go Green by 2019” campaign is designed to promote transparent and user-friendly business registration processes worldwide. It is a joint initiative of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and

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Ten Guiding Principles to Encourage Foreign Direct Investment

Worldwide, foreign direct investment (FDI) volumes are shortly expected to breach the $3tn mark – representing fully 4% of the global GDP. Foreign direct investment and trade liberalisation, two faces of the same coin, are seen as key drivers of

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Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates, 2015

AIM 2015, which was held from 30 March – 1 April at the Dubai international Convention and Exhibition Center, focused on ‘Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer’. This was an important gathering of some of the world’s

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New Business-Registration Portal Goes Global

A new web portal has been launched to help companies directly access, and assess the user-friendliness of, business registration websites around the world. Global Enterprise Registration or www.ger.co is the brainchild of Ann Low, Deputy Director of the Office of

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The Renewable Electricity Grid: The Future Is Now

New World Bank report finds that with the right policies and investments, countries can integrate high levels of variable renewable energy such as solar and wind into their power grids without compromising the reliability or affordability of electricity Together with

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Recovering the Magdalena River Waterway: Challenge Accepted

Historically, Colombia has suffered from a deficient and incomplete transportation network that isolated the country from overseas markets and made even domestic communication between provinces and regions a challenge. Numerous geographical, economic, and political factors that have profoundly impacted Colombia’s

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