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  • Micro-Credit: Small can be quite big

    If there is one common intersection between financial sector reforms, the pro-poor orientation of the Common Minimum Programme, guruspeak on finding gold at the bottom of the pyramid and plain economic sense, it is micro-finance. Full article available here. ...

    The Economist
  • Wal-Mart venture to expand in China

    World’s No. 1 retailer and Beijing-backed CITIC Pacific to open hundreds of stores over 5 years Foreign retailers looking to expand in China, including France’s Carrefour, Germany’s Metro AG and Britain’s Tesco Plc., have been hampered by restrictions that finally lapsed last month under China’s commitments to the World Trade Organization. Now, overseas players can own 100 percent of their stores and set up shop anywhere in the country, although winning ...

  • Three sectors to watch: Technologies that are helping nations jump ahead, by Tyler Hamilton

    Carmanah Technologies of Victoria, B.C., mentioned in a Clean Break column last November, gets around this by combining solar, battery and LED technology. The result is a variety of lighting products that are self-contained, last for five years or more without maintenance, and are continually powered by sunlight, making them energy self-sufficient. ...

    Toronto Star
  • Focus on Technology, by Dorian Bryan

    The mission identified by Ambassador Applewaite include among other proposals, the effort to create a Caribbean Information Society. Others include the adoption of a culture which information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for development and the creation of an awareness of the importance of ICTs in our daily lives; in national planning, services, human resource development and poverty alleviation. ...

    The Barbados Advocate
  • Kenya, Uganda Look to Exploit Business Potential, by Kimathi Njoka

    An export manager of a Kenya based multinational said: ’For an area like Southern Sudan that has been ravaged by war for more than two decades, I am confident that with the newly signed peace pact, there is bound to be a great demand for industrial goods and building materials once people start resettling. I can tell you most manufacturers in the region have eyes set on the Sudanese market.’ Full article av...

    The East African (Nairobi)
  • Suzuki goes off the beaten path to rev up sales, by Tokiko Oba

    Nevertheless, the automaker’s willingness to explore new markets in developing countries and in regional areas of Japan--for many years an unconventional policy compared with its domestic rivals--has led to sales rising from 170 billion yen in fiscal 1978 to 2.2 trillion yen last fiscal year. Full article available here. ...

    The Daily Yomiuri Online
  • GM turns to emerging markets

    GM is currently focusing on 10 markets, including South Korea, Mexico, India and Poland, a top executive said in a meeting with analysts in Dearborn, Michigan, and in interviews earlier this week at the North American International Auto show in Detroit. Full article available here. ...

    The Malaysia Star Online
  • Telecom boom to help reduce poverty

    According to the PTA Chairman, cellular mobile phone industry has shown spectacular growth and its subscribers have exceeded eight million, registering an increase of over five million connections in 15 months up to December 31, 2004. Full article available here. ...

    Pakistan Link
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