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    • Trade Chatter August–September 2014 issue

      AIEN Trade Chatter: Issue 20, August–September 2014

      The August–September 2014 issue of the AIEN newsletter, Trade Chatter, has been sent out to the mailing list! If you haven't received a copy, check out the web version.

    • [Infographics] Trade in goods and services: A different perspective

      [Infographics] Trade in goods and services: A different perspective

      These “goods and services” (kindness and compassion) are provided with little or no expectations, and some times, at great personal costs. The givers may not gain wealth and fame, but they will achieve deep and lasting happiness and a greater meaning in life that no goods and services can satisfy. Learn more.

    • AIEN Speaker Series — Henry Yeung of NUS

      AIEN Speaker Series — Henry Yeung of NUS

      On 15 September 2014, 10:30am–12:00pm (GMT+8/Manila time), Prof. Henry Yeung of the National University of Singapore talked about subnational/regional development through strategic coupling in global production networks.
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    • ADB-ADBI-MISI AIEN Training Program - Plugging into Global Value Chains (GVCs): Role of Trade and Investment Policy

      ADB-ADBI-MISI AIEN Training Program - Plugging into Global Value Chains (GVCs): Role of Trade and Investment Policy

      AIEN in partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute and Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) conducted a training program on 3-6 June 2014 at the MISI Campus, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Visit the Training 2014 page for the presentations.

    Global Value Chains


    23 October 2014

    The benefits of “small data” in logistics

    Ralph Rio | viewpoints.com

    “While ‘Big Data’ has been getting all the attention, analysis of all that data can be improved if it is married with ‘Small Data.’ The small data concept can be used in the supply chain realm to improve the performance of several types of logistic assets.“ Photosource:www.terraxml.com

    27 September 2014

    French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

    Bruce Gain

    “French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year. Already considered among Europe’s best at making frugal, low-emission powertrains, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault aim to maintain their standing – and they are using money from the French government to do so.”

    26 September 2014

    In wake of new protests, H&M and others commit to living wages in Cambodia

    Michael Kourabas | Triple Pundit

    “A group of eight international fashion retailers, including H&M, Inditex (the owner of Zara) and Britain’s Primark, announced that they would support fair living wages for Cambodian garment workers and were prepared to factor such wages into their pricing.“

    22 September 2014

    Winning the AEC race

    Nareerat Wiriyapong | Bangkok Post

    Most SMEs feel they're at a disadvantage when it comes to competing in an integrated regional market, but there are ways for them to stand out. “

    22 September 2014

    [People’s Republic of] China's hunger for Apple's new iPhone fuels smuggling

    Wayne Ma and Lorraine Luk | The Wall Street Journal

    “Tight supplies have created lucrative arbitrage opportunities for scalpers, who can resell the new iPhones in [the People’s Republic of] China for almost double their retail price, according to third-party resellers in Hong Kong[, China]. In the tech-hungry Asian-Pacific region, the phones are on sale only in Hong Kong[, China]; Singapore; Japan; and Australia.”

    What We're Reading Now
    for the week ending 4 July 2015


    17 September 2014

    Textile firms get ready for sustainable development

    Li Yang | China Daily

    According to the textile industry's 2013-2014 social responsibility report, many labor-intensive manufacturing industries in [the People’s Republic of] China have declined with the country's economic slowdown. But the industry is determined to resist the trend by becoming more efficient, innovative and environmentally friendly. (614 words)

    17 September 2014

    Thriving or surviving?

    Anonymous | The Economist

    “ONLY around a quarter of humanity feel they are "thriving" along numerous social and financial dimensions. And only 17% of people globally feel they are doing well in three or more areas.” (316 words)

    16 September 2014

    Global Inequality: What to Address?

    Young-mok Kim | The Huffington Post

    “Participating in a broad, inclusive partnership is what we can do right now to get to sustainable growth and shared prosperity. Inequality will become much more acceptable when the bottom is lifted upward by being given better opportunities and access to value chains.” (1846 words)

    15 September 2014

    [People’s Republic of] China's GDP Growth Target Addiction

    Paul Gruenweld | The Wall Street Journal

    “Thanks to rising debt, financial stability is seen as the biggest macro risk to [the People’s Republic of] China [PRC], if not the global economy. The main culprit is [PRC]'s rigid use of economic growth targets and incentives that encourage overperformance.” Photo source: Reuters (650 words)

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