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Emerging & Frontier Markets

WTO Entry Offers Legal, Regulatory Benefits To Laos

MILESTONES: LAOS   By Thomas Clouse   The Lao People’s Democratic Republic will take the final step in its 15-year campaign to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) this month when the country’s legislature ratifies its membership agreement.   Laotian trade ...

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Words Of Wisdom: Chandran Nair, Global Institute For Tomorrow

THE ASIAN CENTURY   By Thomas Clouse   Chandran Nair is the founder of independent think tank Global Institute for Tomorrow and co-founder and chairman of social investment firm Avantage Ventures.   Global Finance: What key trends defined the past 25 ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

TRADE SURPLUS GROWS SHARPLY By Thomas Clouse China’s trade surplus jumped to $11.4 billion in April, after the country posted its first quarterly deficit in seven years in the first three months of the year. China moves ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Signs Of Change After Watershed Election

NEWSMAKERS: SINGAPORE By Thomas Clouse Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew resigned his cabinet post on May 14 after his party, the People’s Action Party (PAP), garnered just over 60% of the popular vote, its weakest showing since ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Thailand Braced For More Political Turmoil

MILESTONES : THAILAND By Thomas Clouse The people of Thailand will soon go to the polls following a royal decree last month dissolving the lower house of parliament and calling for elections on July 3. Thai PM ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Vietnam Reshapes Economic Strategy

MILESTONES: VIETNAM By Thomas Clouse Vietnam’s policymakers are struggling to rein in inflation after the consumer price index (CPI) rose by a two-year high of 13.9% year-on-year in March. Spending roars ahead The country performed well throughout ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Regional Report: Asia

ASIA ACTS AMID ADVERSITY By Thomas Clouse The turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa and the devastating consequences of the early March earthquake in Japan are dragging heavily on Asia’s export-led, resource-intensive economic recovery. When ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Bangladesh: Microcredit Pioneer Faces Political Pressure

NEWSMAKERS: BANGLADESH By Thomas Clouse After a glittering career, Muhammad Yunus, the man whom many credit with founding the modern microcredit industry, is facing a concerted campaign to oust him as head of Bangladesh's Grameen Bank. Pushed ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets: China

ROUNDUP By Thomas Clouse Power hungry: China’s energy use climbs China overtook the United States to become the world’s largest energy consumer, according to figures released in July by the International Energy Agency. China used energy equivalent to ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Former Foes Tighten Ties

VIETNAM By Thomas Clouse Clinton: Comments on marine conflicts upset China Vietnam and the United States participated in joint military exercises last month for the first time since the war between the two countries ended 35 years ago. The ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets Roundup: China

Roundup By Thomas Clouse Expo frenzy: Shanghai expects 70 million visitors China's consumer prices rose by the greatest margin in 18 months in April, while property prices increased by the fastest rate since the country began publishing the ...
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