US and Europe 27 Feb 2012

G20 refuses greater global resources for settling Europe’s debt problem

G20 refuses greater global resources for settling Europe’s debt problem

Europe’s campaigning for securing funds for Greek bailout from the rest of the world has got a set back as the G20 meeting asked Europe to construct a bigger firewall on its own. Over the last few weeks, Europe was making efforts to secure money from the G20 countries through the IMF route. Before the Mexico City meeting of the G20, many countries especially from the emerging world were passive to the EU efforts. At the same time, many of them were critical of the EU method of exerting additional pressure on IMF for sorting out the debt problem. In the G20 meeting, the European efforts got a setback mainly because of the rather surprising opposition from the US.  The U

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US and Europe 25 Feb 2012

Kodak is not going to be alone in the 'Lost World'

Kodak is not going to be alone in the 'Lost World'

“The people, who were here yesterday, are not here today and will not come back” says a Malayalam funeral song. This is what is happening to the electronic industry right now. Kodak with its ‘golden moments’ is long lost after leaving nostalgic pains in the hearts of millions. Japan’s electronic industry is in a mess. Sony, Sharp and Panasonic have recorded a collective loss of US $17 billion in 2011. On the other side, fierce innovators are establishing from the new lands like South Korea and China. In nearly one hundred years of its history, the electronic industry was witnessing rapid changes over the last two decades. Computing and communication a

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China & East Asia 24 Feb 2012

China is slowly succumbing to global recession pressures

China is slowly succumbing to global recession pressures

The Chinese economy which had withstood all the global crisis situations over the last twenty five years is now showing signs of yielding to the current world recessionary pressures. Latest quarterly GDP growth rate trends, factory output data by various rating agencies indicate the Chinese economic growth rate is coming down from its traditional dragon figure of nearly 9%.   Bloomberg has estimated Chinese growth rate for 2012 at around 7.5%, compared to 8% estimate it prepared for the crisis year of 2008. Besides slowing trade and growth, few other macroeconomic problems are there for the Chinese regulators and the government to deal with right now. Steadily increasing inf

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Emerging Markets 22 Feb 2012

Emerging world need not swallow Europe's debt

Emerging world need not swallow Europe's debt

Next couple of weeks will see quick political engagements across the globe for securing funds for the second bailout package for Greece. This time the EU leaders are chasing the present heavyweights of the global economy, especially the emerging countries to mobilize funds for the $170 billion aid package to Greece. The US has already indicated that it will not contribute to the IMF to finance the bailout. Hence, the EU leaders are working hard to secure money from China, Japan, India and other emerging countries to finance the next phase of the Greek bailout. The EU leaders in their plan of disbursing the stressed Greek assets all over the world using the IMF window, implic

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US and Europe 21 Feb 2012

India may not join Euro-zone rescue team seriously

India may not join Euro-zone rescue team seriously

India may not contribute to the IMF sponsored efforts to fund the next phase of Greek bailout. A hint on this is visible from the fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will not be participating in the coming G20 meeting of the financial ministers scheduled to begin on February 24 in Mexico City because of the Budget preparation work at home.   India’s reluctance to join the IMF lead bailout initiative is to be read along with the attitude of other major G20 countries. On the previous day, Japan and China decided to contribute to the Euro-zone rescue efforts. The Japanese Finance Minister Mr. Jun Azumi hinted that Japan and China are ready to put money into the IMF

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Global Economy 07 Feb 2012

SOUTH ASIA IN THE ASIAN AGE An Analysis of the Potential of Regional Integration in South Asia.

                                                                       One can easily observe that the economic weight of Asia is rapidly increasing. Of the six largest economies of the world, three are in Asia, and of these two, China and India, are the fastest growing economies of the world. During the last few years, the world economy has been moving forward driven by the growth rate of these two most populous emerging markets. Performance in terms of growth rate, GDP size, trade share, industrializati

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China & East Asia 31 Jan 2012

China constructs African Union Head Quarters to consolidate its engagement in the continent

China constructs African Union Head Quarters to consolidate its engagement in the continent

The newly built African Union Head Quarters at Addis Ababa now can be seen as a monument of China’s increasing engagement in the continent. The head quarter has been freely built by China spending $200 mn. China’s effort to make stronger relationship with Africa by using money power comes at ‘its’ right time when most of the developed countries are in financial turmoil.     Main purpose of China’s exercise is to consolidate its economic engagement with Africa. China is buying large number of African assets especially resource and mineral based assets over the last one decade. Security of critical resources is important for China to feed

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China & East Asia 30 Jan 2012

Japan’s first trade deficit in 30 years is part of the Global Shift

Japan’s trade deficit in the last year is the first annual one since 1980. The country, known for its electronic exports, has registered a trade deficit of $32 billion in 2011. Immediate reason for the Asian giant’s unusual trade deficit is the large volume of oil imports that was necessitated after the quake-resulted nuclear energy crisis.                 Strong yen for most part of 2011 also contributed to the deficit. People have invested heavily in yen because of the Euro crisis. On the export front, factory output came down; supply chains for MNCs like Toyota and Sony have broken resulting

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US and Europe 27 Jan 2012

This year’s World Economic Forum may discuss the credibility of the capitalist system

Talking about financial crisis became boring and out-fashioned especially since the last two- three years. Business world became engulfed with despair than hope, as crisis happens in a series mode. In the context of the perpetuating crisis, this years’ Davos WEF meeting has a more fundamental topic to discuss- the relevance of capitalism. Indeed, the discussion on the topic is quite irrelevant because of the unavailability of alternative economic systems. Recession, brewing inequality, job losses, corporate greed, public protests, new problems and diseases are appearing without getting solutions to the existing problems. Policy makers and governments are not successful in en

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IMF and WTO 10 Dec 2011

India joins against ‘zeroing’

Another like minded group is emerging within the WTO. This time it is against   legitimizing the practice of ‘zeroing’. India and fifteen others have joined forces to defeat an attempt made by the World Trade Organisa­tion (WTO)'s committee on rules to legitimize a process called zeroing. The practice of zeroing will al­low the US to impose high anti-dumping duties on oth­er countries. Many LDCs argue that zeroing will ignite neo-protectionism.  The countries against this practice submitted a joint repre­sentation to the WTO.  The coalition against the zeroing includes Brazil, China, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway etc.  

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