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World Bank Group’s PREM: Harnessing Trade Opportunities for Growth and Development

The pace of global trade integration over the past two decades has been extraordinary. Trade has been a key driver of global growth, convergence, and poverty reduction. During 1983–2010, global trade grew twice as fast as gross domestic product (GDP).

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European Council’s Van Rompey: Europe Must Overcome Crisis to Defend Democratic Values

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy’s speech “Europe on the World Stage” recently given in London emphasized the complete change of the global landscape, identifying three main trends: “One: the stage is getting more crowded. Two: the public comes closer to

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BRIC Stocks Now Out of Favour … Later to Be an Incredible Investment Opportunity

With BRIC stock valuations currently low and yet with strong long term projected growth a great buying opportunity may materialize at some point going forward. Meanwhile, attractive dividend yields of 4%-5% and more are available. The “BRICs” – Brazil, Russia,

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OECD: Ominous Signs for International Investment

By Michael Gestrin, OECD After two years of steady gains, international M&A activity plunged by $107 billion, or 45%, in the first quarter of 2012. This is the second lowest level of international M&A since the start of the global

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Confidence in Dubai Returns as Region’s Largest Real Estate Event Reports Strong Growth

Dubai, UAE, 19 June 2012: Cityscape Global, the Middle East’s largest and most influential international real estate event is expected to grow by 25 per cent this year, as international developers from the world’s emerging markets look to the region

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G20 Summit: Merkel still wants both Austerity and Growth in the Eurozone… but still no clue as to who will pick up the tab

Angela Merkel brushed off criticism of her focus on austerity, as the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies focused their attention on the crisis in the Eurozone. In Los Cabos the EU largely postponed the discussion on the specifics

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MIGA (World Bank): During the Storm – Shift from North to South FDI

By Manabu Nose and Moritz Zander[1] At MIGA (the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) we see the principal near-term risks for emerging market foreign direct investment (FDI) on the supply-side of financing. Despite a rise of emerging market risk perceptions, demand

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Baker & McKenzie Continues to Expand its Global Reach

Baker & McKenzie seems determined to remain true to its founding principles of 60 years ago to be a truly global firm; it has just announced that it has opened a new office in Johannesburg with immediate effect with partners,

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Stuart Gulliver keeps HSBC on Track for Focused Global Growth

HSBC is one of a hand full of truly global banks with both corporate and personal customers. As globalisation continues HSBC is extremely well positioned to take advantage of the shift of economic power to Asia, with its strong position

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MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012 Announced

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan honoured with Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award The high standard of nominees and winners for MEED Quality award for Projects 2012 is a testament to the standard of projects taking place in the

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