Asia

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‘Good’ Countries Export More

New research finds that soft power pays.

Countries that enjoy a positive world image may also reap an economic reward: more exports. According to new research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, perceptions of a country’s “positive or negative influence in the world” is directly correlated to its sales to other nations. “Countries tend to do well by doing good,” […]

5 Ways to Make Global Trade Work for Developing Countries

Meeting complex and opaque rules can be especially difficult for developing nations. Here's why.

In 2016, the growth of world trade will be at its slowest since the financial crisis of 2008, reports the World Trade Organization (WTO). Despite the increased protectionism that followed the crash, traditional trade barriers, such as tariffs, are at historical lows. Despite this, the flow of goods and services between countries remains one of […]

The Giving (WiFi) Tree

How do you tackle air pollution in cities? With WiFi-emitting birdhouses, of course.

It may be one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, but Amsterdam could do more to improve its air quality, according to a report that grades efforts by European cities to cut transport emissions. The study gave Amsterdam a D+ rating last year. This was partly because, unlike other European cities, the Dutch capital has […]

Energy for All

Access to cheap, sustainable energy for developing countries is a critical global goal. Which stakeholders are on board?

In the past decade, renewable energy growth has broken records year after year, and 2015 was a remarkable one for developing countries. For the first time in history, according to the United Nations Environmental Program, total investment in renewables exceeded that in developed economies, driven in part by national policies and the improving cost-competitiveness of […]

Taking Freight Forward

Cindy Miller, global freight forwarding executive, on a dynamic marketplace.

Transportation and logistics bellwether UPS recently announced that Cindy Miller was named as the company’s president of global freight forwarding. A 28-year UPS veteran, Miller was president of UPS Europe, where she oversaw all UPS operations in more than 120 countries and territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Miller held that position […]