Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis
Jan. 22 – When it comes to making comparisons across Asia, and especially the various regional economies, a difficulty is in choosing a commodity familiar to all within this massive region. Typically, housing prices, cost of labor and even mobile phone penetration or the famous Mars Bar Index are used to demonstrate how economies and regional prices vary against the same product. Having given this some thought, while trying to maintain an Asian flavor in our 2014 comparison, we decided to choose a dish prevalent across Asia – Stir-Fried Prawns. It is perhaps the one dish that can be found from Northern China to Southern India, and all points in-between, and is therefore a reasonable barometer to try and ascertain how Asian consumers differ in their local costs of consuming what to hundreds of millions of people is either a tasty lunch or dinner dish. Continue reading
Dec. 12 – On Saturday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) successfully reached an agreement on streamlining customs procedures that is expected to boost global economic output by as much as US$1 trillion and create more than 21 million jobs worldwide.
Dubbed the ‘Bali Package,’ the agreement reached Saturday is the first ever multilateral trade agreement successfully negotiated by the WTO in its nearly 20-year history. Continue reading
Oct. 29 – The meetings last week between Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was a mixture of détente over border issues, some cultural cross-referencing, and the laying down of a platform for increased trade opportunities. In what turned out to become a remarkably cordial and informal series of meetings, the quotes came fast and thick from both sides:
“If the host is hospitable and generous, there will be more frequent visits from guests,” as mentioned by Premier Li. Not to be outdone, Chinese President Xi Jinping also told Singh the famous saying “We need to stand tall and look far, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” Continue reading
Oct. 26 – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow this week for the 14th India-Russia Annual Summit, which focused on deepening India’s strategic partnership with Russia to enhance trade, investment and global stability.
“Despite the fragile global economic environment, our bilateral trade grew by nearly 25% last year to reach 11 billion U.S. dollars. We resolved to promote investments and facilitate closer cooperation in a number of areas with great potential, such as oil and gas, energy, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, and mining,” stated PM Singh.
In 2000, Russia became the first country with which India signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership, which has been further strengthened over the past thirteen years. During the recent summit, memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and programs of cooperation were established for investment collaboration and information sharing in the energy, science and technology sectors. In addition to deepening economic cooperation, the leaders also discussed common positions on international and regional issues, emphasizing their commitment to the strategic partnership. Continue reading
By Dezan Shira & Associates, Delhi Office
Sept. 24 – India is fast emerging as a global trade dynamo with its vast natural resources and huge supply of skilled labor. Undertaking considerable industrial deregulation and other structural reforms, regulators in India recognizes that strong exports are critical for overall economic growth and poverty reduction. As such, export-led growth has become a key driver of trade in India – one of the most important trailblazers in the recent enormous expansion of international trade.
Indian trade has grown exponentially over the past few years, with exports rising at a rate well above the pace of growth of worldwide exports. In this atmosphere, opportunities have never been greater, and starting a trading business in India has never been easier. Continue reading
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Sept. 18 – Small and midsize importers will get help with their LCL shipping needs via Transporteca, an online transportation booking portal launched globally in March 2013.
Buyers can find and book ocean freight with a suitable forwarder by comparing LCL solutions based on price, transit, pickup and delivery time, forwarder’s proximity at origin and destination, and customer feedback. These factors address many of the concerns importers have over LCL shipping. Continue reading
Sept. 17 – Japan will extend an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan to Vietnam this year worth US$500 million, according to Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. The announcement was made this week during the fifth meeting of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee, a forum for bilateral cooperation chaired by the foreign ministers of both countries.
The US$500 million ODA loan has been earmarked for infrastructure and educational projects in Vietnam as a key component of the Joint Vietnam-Japan Initiative. The initiative, established in 2003, brings together both public and private sector leaders in an effort to strengthen Vietnam’s investment environment.
The Joint Vietnam-Japan Initiative utilizes the public-private partnership (PPP) model to provide support to Vietnam’s service and retail industries as well as funding for infrastructure projects. It also seeks to address macroeconomic concerns affecting Vietnam, such as inflation control and exchange rate stabilization. Continue reading
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