Yearly Archives: 2014

“Hollywood stereotypes block economic development” warns Curtis S. Chin

Jan 16, 2014

Curtis S. Chin, former US ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, has posted his latest musing on Asia, with a Hollywood twist. In an article for CNN, Curtis uses the 1960s film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” to explain that although it is initially easy to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys, the

“Chinese consumption is increasingly becoming digital” says business advisor Frank Lavin

Jan 14, 2014

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, Frank Lavin, the former US Ambassador to Singapore, analyses the role of the Internet in rebalancing the Chinese economy toward domestic consumption, and how foreign firms can also get a slice of this cake. Frank explains that whilst “e-commerce will fuel China’s greater opening to foreign consumer products…online retailing can also be a

Jim O’Neill made Honorary Professor at Manchester University

Jan 10, 2014

Jim O’Neill who has been made Honorary Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester. The appointment will give economics staff and students an exciting opportunity to discuss issues in economics with the former Goldman Sachs Chief Economist at the University. Professor O’Neill said: “I feel flattered and honoured, and hope I can give something of value

Ep. 4 of Jim O’Neill’s MINT series – Turkey: Beyond the Silk Road

Jan 10, 2014

Last night, Jim O’Neill presented the final episode on his BBC Radio 4 MINT series. In “Turkey – Beyond the Silk Road”, Jim asks if Turkey’s future still depends on its advantageous location. The historic Silk Road has been exploited by Turkish traders for centuries, selling goods to merchants travelling both east and west. However, it seems that

Ep. 3 of Jim O’Neill’s MINT series – Nigeria: Africa’s Hope

Jan 9, 2014

The next episode in this landmark series focuses on the Nigeria, which Jim O’Neill describes as “Africa’s hope”. Jim believes that the Nigerian economy is full of potential, supported by the large nation’s young and vibrant entrepreneurs. But the question is whether the country can overcome its otherwise terrible legacy; mismanagement, crime and corruption currently

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