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  • Anupam Khanna on Just Do IT: Digital Transformation and Innovation for Development

    Anupam Khanna, Just Do IT: Digital Transformation and Innovation for Development, 21 August 2014

    On 21 August 2014, Anupam Khanna of the National Association of Software and Services Companies presented his recent research on how digital transformation in India is paving the way for the country's development.
    Presentation | Video

  • Trade Chatter June–July 2014 issue

    AIEN Trade Chatter: Issue 19, June–July 2014

    The June–July 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. To avoid missing out in the future, subscribe here!

  • [Infographics] The Rubber at Full Stretch: Working Hard in Global Value Chains

    [Infographics] The Rubber at Full Stretch: Working Hard in Global Value Chains

    The natural rubber’s elasticity, resilience, and toughness make it a basic component in the value chain of many sectors: transportation, industrial, consumer, and hygiene and medical. Learn more.

  • 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.

  • [Infographics] E-commerce revolution: The rise of e-commerce and how it has changed the way we do things

    [Infographics] E-commerce revolution: The rise of e-commerce and how it has changed the way we do things

    E-commerce, a virtually non-existent industry in the early '90s, reached US$ 1 trillion of sales in 2012, creating new markets while driving some existing ones to near extinction. Learn more.

Global Value Chains



15 August 2014

Workforce, Competitive Pressures Push Services Growth

Aaron Hand | Automation World

Automation services are expected to see more growth as process industries look to solution providers for help outside their core competencies, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Driving this growth include the declining availability of a skilled workforce and increasing competitive pressures that require operational improvement services to avoid costly downtimes, optimize production, improve energy efficiency, and mitigate risks. Photosource: http://go-gaga-over-testing.blogspot.com/2014/08/mobile-test-automation-ios-android.html


12 August 2014

Shipping Corp may exit container business

P. Manoj | Livemint and the Wall Street Journal

“State-run Shipping Corp. of India Ltd (SCI) may exit its loss-making container shipping business as the Mumbai-based company comes under pressure to do something drastic to reverse three continuous years of losses.”  Photo source: AFP


What We're Reading Now
for the week ending 23 August 2014



5 August 2014

Trade faces fragmented future

Reuters | BusinessWorld

“India has dealt a potentially fatal blow to World Trade Organization (WTO) hopes of modernizing rules of global commerce and remaining the central forum for multilateral trade deals.” Photo Source: ADB Photo Library (1002 words)

5 August 2014

Conflict between US-led and [People's Republic of] China-led economic architecture

Pradumna B. Rana | Vox

“[The People's Republic of] China’s frustration with the slow progress of IMF governance reform has contributed to the evolution of a [People's Republic of] China-led architecture that locks out the West – the latest examples being the New Development Bank and the Credit Reserve Arrangement established by the BRICS. This column argues that these institutions are not a threat to the IMF and the World Bank, but they complicate global economic governance. It is unlikely that Europe’s ‘troika’ model—where the IMF works jointly with regional financing facilities—will be possible in Asia. We perhaps need a New Bretton Woods.” (1113 words)

1 August 2014

Strangled at birth

Anonymous | The Economist

“In theory, the WTO can dust itself off and start negotiations to revive the deal in September. But the perception that it is too big and divided a forum to achieve anything is growing stronger. It is now 20 years since the body, then called GATT, managed to agree on a big global deal to liberalise trade.” (466 words)

25 July 2014

Cheering robots replace real fans at Korean baseball

Dave Lee | BBC News

“A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a new way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans. The bots can cheer, chant and perform a Mexican wave - but presumably not invade the pitch.” (497 words)


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