Latin America: As Nations Mature Some Are Left Behind

Devoid of subtlety, headlines often fail to convey the real story. While the bumbling and stumbling governments of Brazil and Venezuela dominate the news...

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...

Rich Man, Poor Man: A Clash Foretold

In November, a Chinese billionaire – one not yet clipped and cuffed at the order of President Xi Ping – acquired Amedeo Modigliani’s Reclining...

Mervyn King: Opinionated Lord

During his time as governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King – now Lord King – had a habit of using sporting...

Europe: A Ship of Many Quarrelling States

For Europe, these are interesting times. At both geographic extremities of the continent, countries are dangling by a thread: the United Kingdom mulls a...

UNCTAD: A Policy Recipe to Get Investment Flowing Again

James Zhan suggests world leaders make a joint effort to harmonise and formulate appropriate investment policies to help build investment firepower to face 21st...

Navigating the maze of red tape

Legislation and bureaucracy have been sticking in the gizzard of commerce for decades. With one piece of frustrating paperwork after another getting in the...

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....

Of Two Minds in the Public Eye: Charlotte Church

At age of eleven, Welsh schoolgirl Charlotte Church’s fabulous voice and classical song repertoire catapulted her onto the global stage and into the headlines....