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12 June 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Global Public Investors and a sustainable world economy

Seminar on sustainability and opportunities for global public investors

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12 June 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Global Public Investor launch 2019: Global Public Investors and a sustainable world economy

Launch of the 6th annual Global Public Investor: Sustainability panel discussion

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03 May 2019 / Asia Pacific,North America,Latin America Caribbean,Middle East,Africa,Europe,Global

Emerging digital technologies for financial inclusion: Role of central banks

Workshop at the Asian Development Bank annual meeting

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24 April 2019 / Europe

Franco-German questions on Europe

The longest-running conundrum in the European Union is: 'Who runs Europe – France or Germany?' With Britain on its way to leaving the EU, France and Germany are preparing in different fashions and with different expectations for a new European chapter in which the continent's two leading economies must come to terms with each other without the moderation of a third major economic and strategic player. If the challenges intensify, Angela Merkel in her twilight phase as chancellor will find President Emmanuel Macron a steely adversary.

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23 April 2019 / Global

Gender balance in central banks

One of the oft-cited arguments used to convince organisations to commit to gender diversity is how it benefits decision-making. Applying such analysis to central banks is tricky, if not impossible, chiefly due to the lack of a robust sample to conduct econometrics. Still, anecdotal evidence and views from central bankers highlight the benefits of diversity in helping to reduce the likelihood of 'groupthink'. Strategies to promote women in finance likewise help promote role models that can change outdated notions about women's abilities.

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17 April 2019 / UK

Brexit delay may mean end of May

The agreement struck by the EU on the UK's Article 50 negotiating period was a difficult compromise, with few predicting the six-month extension. Theoretically, that should be long enough to facilitate change, if the political will exists. But one major reason to believe October could be too early is that the UK might have a new prime minister by then. Theresa May told Conservative MPs that she would step aside if her deal was passed, having also said in fairly strong terms that she couldn't stay if Article 50 was extended beyond June.

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10 April 2019 / Europe

France, Germany and the future of Europe

Europe continues to be prisoner to a concept of sovereignty developed for its past. Setting European sovereignty against national sovereignty is a mistake that would come at a high price. In the middle are France and Germany. Both are aware that the EU must decide, after the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, how to face up to the threat of disaggregation. The EU needs institutional capacity-building in the centre, but it also needs member states with their own institutional strength. A new world requires new ideas.

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09 April 2019 / China

Beijing ready to 'China-ise' the West

The West is slowly getting over the idea that China will 'westernise'. The illusion that it is only a matter of time before the population's rising wealth will deprive the Chinese Communist Party of the power it wields is dissipating. China is enjoying growing wealth because the authorities have set loose beneficial market forces. Many western firms have profited from this, and many more crave China's custom. This means Beijing can now take the route of 'China-ising' the West, including by promoting wider use of the renminbi.

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05 April 2019 / Asia Pacific

UK-Singapore ties after Brexit

A panel discussion on 3 April in Singapore, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce, was convened to discuss the probable repercussions of the delay and the implications of Brexit for Asian stakeholders. Speakers at the panel were positive about the future of the Singapore-UK partnership, writes Adam Cotter.

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02 April 2019 / Global

Mood set to be downbeat at IMF meetings

The IMF spring meetings will undoubtedly seek to create a positive buzz around policy-makers. But international co-operation may prove to be in short supply. The US is generating global trade tensions and understandably seen as an unreliable leader and partner. China is fighting off its near-term economic malaise at the same time its growth model is facing rising internal contradictions between the state and markets. An introverted Europe is consumed by its own weaknesses. Behind the curtains, the spring meetings are likely to be a downbeat event.

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