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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In big boost, after 25 years VW brings car assembly back to Nigeria to tap Africa growth

Source: Mail & Guardian Africa/Bloomberg

VOLKSWAGEN AG resumed building vehicles in Nigeria for the first time in 25 years in a bid to foster sales growth in Africa. Assembly began Tuesday in Lagos of models that will include the Passat, Jetta and CC sedans as well as the Amarok pickup truck, manufacturing partner Stallion Group said Tuesday in a statement.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 — Asia Pacific

How Lee Kuan Yew Transformed Singapore From Small Town Into Global Financial Hub

Source: The Conversation

Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of one of Asia’s smallest but most developed economies, has died. Lee led Singapore after its separation from Malaysia to emerge as one of the world’s most powerful financial centres.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

DuPont suits part of battle against Ebola crisis

Source: DelawareOnline

The World Health Organization estimates a monthly need for 300,000 personal protection suits or seven suits daily per Ebola patient bed, according to Daniel Epstein, spokesman for WHO.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Dabbawallas to Spread Dengue, Malaria Messages in Mumbai

Source: The Times of India

On Monday, the city's 50,000-odd dabbawallas will tag a health message-'prevent and control vector-borne diseases'-to each of the two lakh tiffin boxes that they carry throughout the day.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

UK Drug Firm to Set Up Plant in Rwanda

Source: All Africa

A Renowned British multinational pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, has listed Rwanda as one of the places it considers putting up a production plant as part of its move to form innovative partnerships to transform medicines supply in Africa.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UK Drugs Firm GSK Announces Africa Investment

Source: Yahoo News

GSK will invest up to £130 million ($216 million, 157 million euros), including £100 million to expand existing manufacturing operations in Nigeria and Kenya and build up to five new factories in Africa, it said in a statement.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

The ‘absurdity’ of manufacturing in Africa

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Africa’s wealth of natural resource reserves make it one of the largest producers and exporters of a number of commodities in the world. For example, the continent produces roughly three-quarters of the world’s platinum and over half of the world’s diamonds.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Indian cos among emerging world's vaccine heroes: Bill Gates

Source: Business Standard

According to Gates, Serum Institute produces a higher volume of vaccines than any other company in the world
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

MSF Calls for Scale-Up of "Viral Load" Monitoring to Improve HIV Treatment in Developing Countries

Source: Doctors Without Borders

Global Fund and US-gov’t PEPFAR program must use purchasing power to get better prices for viral load tests.
Monday, September 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Celeb-Backed Apparel Factory in Haiti Goes High-End

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

When apparel brand Boxercraft was searching for a new supplier for its T-shirts and tank tops earlier this year, it didn’t turn to factories that crank out millions on the cheap. Instead, the 120-employee business, based near Atlanta, chose Industrial Revolution II, a garment manufacturer in Haiti. What clinched the deal was more than IRII’s competitive prices and low importing costs: It was the venture’s promise to train unemployed Haitians, pay them more than the minimum wage, and donate half its profits to social programs.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — South Asia

Bangladesh could be 'next China'

Source: The Daily Star

Bangladesh must act soon to take advantage of its low-cost edge to become the "next China" before Dhaka's competitors take the markets the world's second largest economy is leaving, according to the World Bank.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 — South Asia

In Rural India, Manufacturing Is Booming

Source: Wall Street Journal - India Realtime

When you think rural India, think factories and cell phones, rather than fields and bullock carts. Rural India, says a Credit Suisse report, is no longer an agrarian economy whose fortunes are dependent upon an erratic monsoon. Rather, they are now increasingly tied to the national economic cycle, something they had been largely immune from so far, as it gradually shifts away from agriculture.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 — South Asia

Thailand Post Wins Green Light to Lend

Source: Bangkok Post

The cabinet yesterday approved a plan by Thailand Post to set up a subsidiary to provide microfinance services to low-income earners, using its nationwide post offices as a channel. Information and Communications Technology Minister Juti Krairiksh said that the subsidiary would have initial registered capital of 50 million baht and would extend loans as small as 10,000 baht each. He said that there are about 18 million low-income earners in the country who still have no access to ...
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