Global value chains at OECD Week 2013
Global value chains provide many economic benefits, but should be managed with more responsibility, according to panel discussions at OECD Week 2013.
Global trade's seismic moment?
The global trading system may be approaching a seismic moment, according to discussions at the CanadAsia2013 conference organized by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver.
Getting Australians into Jobs
Australia has great success in getting its citizens into jobs, thanks to the effectiveness of its employment services industry and the National Employment Services Association.
Freedom of the Press in Asia
The recent strike and protests by journalists at Southern Weekend are harsh reminders of the repression of press freedom in China and many other Asia countries.
Free trade agreements in Asia
In the post - World War Two - period , the progressive move towards freer trade has taken place mainly through multilateral negotiations under the GATT / W.T.O and regional integration arrangements...
Foreign Aid in the Asian Century
Should advanced countries like Australia still be giving official assistance to Asia's emerging and developing countries in the Asian Century?
Food security in Asia
Too many Asians live in a state of food insecurity, not only those still living in poverty, but also those who are just above the line in the "lower-middle class" category, living on only $2-$4 a day.
Financial inclusion in Asia -- the challenge
Lack of access to formal financial institutions like banks, is one important factor keeping too many people in poverty in Asia, and stopping them from creating businesses.
Financial inclusion in Asia -- some solutions
One great challenge for Asia's development is improving access to formal financial institutions like banks. Fortunately many initiatives are underway to improve "financial inclusion" in the region.
Financial development in Asia
A country's financial development is one key determinant of its economic growth. How do Asia's economies measure up in terms of financial development, and especially for access to financial services
Fast facts on Asia's people and economy
Here are some fast facts on Asia's population and economy that I have prepared for my students at Tokyo's Sophia University.
Fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia -- a trade union perspective III
This is the third section of a paper I wrote for the trade union group, UNI-APRO, on "Towards fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia: Advancing a trade union agenda".
Fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia -- a trade union perspective I
This is the first section of a paper I wrote for the trade union group, UNI-APRO, on "Towards fair, inclusive and stable finance in Asia: Advancing a trade union agenda".
Even North Korea is changing
More and more North Koreans now have access to information from the outside world that starkly contrasts with official propaganda. Could this undermine the control of this authoritarian state?
Enterprising state at OECD Week 2013
The final session at OECD Forum 2013, on the "enterprising state", made many interesting points, but failed to address some of the finer nuances.
Energy security: one of Asia's top priorities
Energy security, efficiency and sustainability are top priorities for developing Asia, according to Emanuele Schibotto.
Economic growth prospects in Asia
Developing Asia has been sailing through the global economic crises these past few years.
Doing business in Asia
One thing that is very striking in Asia is how some countries have done extremely well, whereas many others are very much lagging behind -- despite all the talk of an "Asian Century"
Do you want to get ahead in the Asian Century?
According to a number of articles published in the blog, "The Conversation", Australia has a number of challenges in getting ahead in the Asian Century.
Development Aid and the Rise of New Donors
New donors are challenging the dominant aid discourse of the ‘West’, according to researchers at the York Centre for Asian Research in Toronto.
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