OECD: 21st Century Trade Agreements & Regulatory Coherence

In the past, services markets were largely local and countries mostly worked out their regulation without consideration for how other countries regulate. As a...

A Synchrotron for Africa: Scientists Unite Behind Proposed Project

With the Zimbabwe dollar now relegated to history, the country’s resilient, albeit battered, economy is once again lubricated by a stable currency. Emerging from...

IFC: Why Corporate Governance Is Crucial to Myanmar’s Growing Private Sector

Emerging from decades of isolation, Myanmar is undergoing major reforms to become a more market-driven economy. Many are hoping for a meteoric rise of...

Asia Pacific: Economic Integration Gaining Ground

Some of the world’s most promising economic partnerships straddle the Asia-Pacific Region. That vast spread of economies offers a contrasting landscape of competitiveness. While...

IFC: Corporate Governance Practices in the European Union

For the first time, European Commission Directive 2006/46/EC required all listed companies to produce a corporate governance statement in their annual report to shareholders....

Grant Thornton UAE: Islamic Finance Oil Prices Impact

Modern banks started offering Islamic finance in the mid-1970s. At the time, there were major developments in the Muslim world such as the oil...

Think Big: Economic Diversification Drive Meets Future

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the scene of undertakings on a massive scale – not quite appropriate for those accustomed to a more...

Nouriel Roubini: Europe’s Barbarians Inside the Gate

I am on a two-week European tour at a time that could make one either very pessimistic or constructively optimistic about Europe’s prospects. First the...

Russia’s Aviation Industry: Ready for Take-Off

There were some impressive claims amid the recent hype surrounding the MC-21, Russia’s new medium-range passenger jet. The Siberian-made airliner is said to weigh 15%...

Alexander Karp: Somewhat Deviant

Ray Kroc, the man responsible for putting a McDonalds restaurant on almost every street corner in the world, once said that the two most...