China is taking a quiet interest in Afghanistan
Reposted from The Times of India
By Bharti Jain
As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of western forces from Afghanistan draws near, China has stepped up engagement with Pakistan and others on the reconciliation process that will follow in the war-ravaged country.
Beijing, as part of an Afghan policy that suits its strategic and business interests, has been interacting with various Afghan lobbies, discreetly reaching out to Northern Alliance leaders as well as the Taliban, while also coordinating with Pakistan to create space for itself in possible political deliberations on the future of Afghanistan. More…
Businesses are opening in Kabul, albeit with caution
Reposted from The Financial Times
By Victor Mallet
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Reposted from The Caribbean Journal
Bilateral trade between Mexico and Haiti stood at $61.7 million last year, a number Haiti President Michel Martelly and Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto say is well below its potential.
Martelly and Nieto held a working meeting last week within the context of the Fifth ACS Heads of Government summit in Port-au-Prince, pledging to increase both trade and general cooperation between the two countries. More…
Reposted from Myanmar Business Network
The U.S. government was seeking ways and means to make investment in Myanmar, prioritizing the sectors that could bring improvement in daily of ordinary people, Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis was quoted by local media as saying Saturday, according to China’s state news agency Xinhua.
Addressing the meeting with students and officials of social organizations Friday, Mr. Marantis underlined that the most important point was to realize a market-oriented economic system in Myanmar and that market liberalization was the key to economic development, said the New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
He went on to say that the U.S. government would carry out economic cooperation with Myanmar and work to boost bilateral trade, according to Xinhua. More…
Reposted from Haitilibre.com
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, organized in Port-au-Prince from 22 to 26 April 2013, a 5-days training program, for 19 bankers in Haiti, from 3 banks, in order to help them to develop their trade finance operations, reduce risks and better serve small and medium enterprises, which are the backbone of Haiti’s economy. More…
Fiji and PNG recently signed an agreement to boost trade and investment in both their economies
Reposted from Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
By Mika Loga
Papua New Guinea’s Trade Minister Richard Maru has reaffirmed his government’s commitment to Fijian businesses wanting to set up in the country.
Maru says they want Fiji to assist PNG in developing its agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors. He says PNG’s GDP is set to grow in the next few years when the country starts selling liquid natural gas overseas. More…
The African continent is attracting FDI from a wide variety of countries
Reposted from US News & World Report
By Stephen Hayes
It is not difficult to understand why American market share in Africa has dropped significantly over the past five years. While real American investment in Africa is up slightly due to oil prices and increased exploration, as well as a more aggressive posture by some companies such as General Electric, other countries are now far more active in the world’s largest developing marketplace. More…
Reposted from Reuters
By Sonali Paul
MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) – Mongolia is starting to take steps aimed at arresting a slide in investment in its crucial mining sector, looking to curb uncertainty over regulations that has been blamed for stalling copper and coal projects. Even so, miners remain cautious.
Regulatory concerns peaked last month when Rio Tinto threatened to delay the start-up of the $6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, until it resolves a dispute with the government over their investment agreement. More…
The IFC is launching a program to help improve the country’s investment and trade environment
Reposted from 2Merkato
By Meraf Leykun
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group is to cooperate with the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade (MoT) and Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) to help improve the country’s investment and trade environment.
The Ministry of Trade will launch an electronic business licensing and trade registration system shortly, while Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority will consider to revise its laws. More…
Fiji offers a lot of untapped potential for new business ventures
Reposted from Radio New Zealand
The head of investments at the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest Commission in New Zealand says he believes there is a lot of untapped potential for new business ventures in Fiji.
Manuel Valdez has been involved in organising a delegation of business people and investors to head to Fiji next week to explore trade and investment opportunities. More…