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  • Thailand and Japan join up to drive SME development

    Thailand and Japan have agreed to co-operate with each other and exchange experiences and knowledge to establish a university for small and medium- enterprise (SME) development in Thailand. The organisation of Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation of Japan (SMRJ) has agreed to prepare a second master plan to develop SMEs in Thailand from 2007 to 2010. The plan would focus on SME development in terms of future globalisation, said Jhitraporn Techacharn, the director-general of the O...

    Bangkok Post (link opens in a new window)
  • Banks bet on booming remittances

    MUMBAI: With an increasing number of Indians living abroad, either for work or having settled there, foreign exchange remittances into the country is likely to increase, market players say. India receives the largest amount of remittances in the world, ?getting over 10% of the $230 billion global market, according to World Bank numbers,? says Manish Misra, ICICI Bank?s head of global remittance. He expects the business to grow 15-20% annually in the next 4-5 years. ?It is i...

    DNA India (link opens in a new window)
  • SMEs measure cost of red tape

    Compliance with government bureaucracy costs Lm1,500 to Lm2,000 a year for the average SME with between five and 10 employees, according to the director general of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kevin Borg. Obviously the amount goes up with the size and complexity of the company. We had one survey respondent whose compliance fees amounted to Lm300,000! He was speaking at a business breakfast at the Le Meridien Phoenicia organised by The Malta Busines...

    Times of Malta (link opens in a new window)
  • SEEP Network and Omidyar Network to host ?Microfinance Investor Roundtable? to discuss the poten

    The SEEP Network will host its annual conference this year October 23-27 in Washington D.C. This year?s conference, ?Investing in the Majority?, will draw attention to innovative practices and current issues in microfinance. The event is an opportunity for microfinance and microenterprise development practitioners to exchange knowledge and experiences. According to the SEEP Network, last year?s conference drew over 1,100 participants from over 101 countries. Alongside the conference, ...

    MicroCapital (link opens in a new window)
  • Renewables in Africa

    Karekezi, S ... surveys (PDF) the dissemination of renewable technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa...and attempts to evaluate the potential for these ...

    Africa Unchained (link opens in a new window)
  • Emerging at last

    IN 1994 this newspaper launched a new emerging-market indicators page to mark ?a fundamental and remarkably rapid change in the balance of the world economy?. Emerging economies were then growing twice as fast as the rich ones, and their stockmarkets were surging. But the timing of the launch was awful. It came at the start of a dismal decade for emerging economies, with crises in Mexico at the end of 1994, Asia in 1997, Russia in 1998, Brazil in 1999, Turkey in 2000, Argentina in 2001 and Venez...

    The Economist (link opens in a new window)
  • 10 Businesses VCs are Dying to Fund

    Fortunately, for the motley gaggle of entrepreneur-wannabes, there’s record venture capital, or early stage money, pouring into the country. According to a recent Evalueserve report (it’s a research and analytics firm), more than 44 us-based vcs are now seeking to invest heavily in start-ups and early-stage companies in India. These firms, the report reveals, plan to raise $100 million (Rs 470 crore) a pop, or a staggering $4.4 billion (Rs 20,680 cror...

    Business Today (link opens in a new window)
  • Speaking books for health education in low literacy areas

    Low literacy levels in Africa are part-and-parcel of everyday life, and seriously reduce the effectiveness of health care literature. In association with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, Books of Hope has designed and produced interactive, multilingual Speaking Books that can be seen, read, heard and understood regardless of someone’s reading ability. Each Speaking Book consists of 16 pages of culturally appropriate illustrations supported by straightforward and eas...

    Springwise (link opens in a new window)
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