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Why Poorest African Countries Should Not Sign the EPAsZambian WatchdogICTSD is a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) seeking to empower stakeholders in trade policy and influence the international trade system to advance ...and more »
State Department Briefing by Phillip J. Crowley, April 9, 2010eNews Park ForestWe welcome steps taken by the interim administration, particularly its stated commitment to a democratic transition and its embrace of OSCE principles. ...and more »
FPI Overnight Brief: April 9, 2010Scoop.co.nz (press release)–Foreign Policy Abe Greenwald writes: The point here is not that Karzai is a paragon of trustworthiness and good governance. He is a very flawed and, ...and more »
Rwanda Country Brief: March 2010Ratio MagazineA monetary policy statement released by the central bank this month shows the country's banking sector still struggling under high rates of non-performing ...and more »
Opening Comment 04.09Daily FXCurrencies have been mostly quiet in early Friday trade thus far, with no major currencies moving by more than 0.20% against the buck on the day. ...and more »
India Must Make Peace With Pakistan to Stop TerrorismHuffington Post (blog)By assuring Pakistan that India means well, and that it is willing to settle a dispute that has formed the core of Pakistani foreign policy since inception, ...and more »
EU Trade Deal Fires Serbian Dream of Export BoomBalkanInsight.comIt offers the world a limited selection of goods, competitive neither in price and quality, which is why the country has a serious foreign trade deficit. ...
US Federal Reserve Meeting Minutes for March 16 (Text)BloombergThe US international trade deficit widened in December but narrowed slightly in January, ending the period a little larger. Both exports and imports rose ...and more »
Obama Appoints Two CU Alums During Congressional RecessCornell University The Cornell Daily Sun... and the US Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, has had nearly two decades of experience in foreign trade policy. ...and more »
The President and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France speak to the media after meeting at the White House. March 30, 2010.
CNN InternationalObama Announces 15 Recess AppointmentsTIME (blog)Michael Punke has worked in the field of international trade law and policy for two decades. From 1995 to 1996, Punke served as Senior Policy Advisor at the ...Obama makes first recess appointmentsAsiaOneall 1,177 news articles »
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
www.weforum.org 29.01.2010 China's transition from a low-cost, export-driven developing economy into an advanced one with a diversified industrial base is happening faster than the rest of the world expected. What are the global dimensions of China's historic economic transition that need rethinking both in China and abroad? In partnership with the World Economic Forum, CCTV hosts this debate focusing on China's growth. Klaus Kleinfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa, USA David Li Daokui, Director and Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics, Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE), Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Blackstone Group, USA John Zhao, Chief Executive Officer, Hony Capital, People's Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on the Future of China Moderated by Rui Chenggang, Director and Anchor, China Central Television, People's Republic of China; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism
SYS-CON MediaNational Bank: Operating results up, affected by specified itemsSYS-CON Media, NJThe increase in foreign exchange revenues also contributed to the increase in total revenues. Operating expenses for Personal and Commercial were $321 million in the first quarter of 2009, up $7 million from the corresponding quarter of 2008. ...
...Delhi: The government on Thursday unveiled an interim foreign trade policy, which offers sops to exports in leather, textile, gems and jewellery and food product sectors. The government scaled down the export target to $175 billion for this fiscal from the...
Moneycontrol.comWhat to expect from interim trade policy todayMoneycontrol.com, IndiaUnder pressure in the face of rapidly declining exports, the government has been compelled to bring in what it calls an interim foreign trade policy on Thursday. The measures would largely be non-fiscal given the lack of fiscal space and would ...
Business StandardInterim Foreign Trade Policy todayBusiness Standard, IndiaCommerce Minister Kamal Nath will be announcing the interim Foreign Trade Policy on Thursday, just a few days before the Election Commission is expected to announce dates for the coming general elections. Officials said that the new policy would focus ...Govt. announces export-oriented interim trade policy All India RadioKamal Nath announces interim trade policy Business Standardall 36 news articles
Examiner.comHillary Clinton bound for the Middle East - more of the same?Examiner.comThere has to be a coherent connection between what is happening in the Middle East and our foreign policy direction. In the interim, the US Campaign to end the Occupation has posted 3 videos on their website called 'Armed and Dangerous'. ...
domain-BRate cuts expected after Pranab-Subbarao meetdomain-B, IndiaMukherjee said there was no need to be unduly concerned about the free trade agreement (FTA) with Asean, as it was under negotiation and would take some to finalise. He also said the nation had enough foreign exchange reserves and "we need not be ...
...DELHI: The government is likely to remove several procedural bottlenecks for exporters in the interim foreign trade policy to be unveiled by Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Kamal Nath here on February 26. The policy, though interim in nature, will address...
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...government is likely to remove several procedural bottlenecks for exporters in the interim foreign trade policy to be unveiled by Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath here on February 26. The policy, though interim in nature, will address immediate concerns...
Hindu Business LineForeign trade norms may be relaxedHindu Business Line, India22 Exporters, dismayed by lack of any substantive stimulus package, could heave a sigh of relief as the Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Mr Kamal Nath, might unveil an interim Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) for 2009-10 either on February 26 or 27, ...Trade tweak to be minimum Calcutta Telegraphall 18 news articles
The Comment FactoryDown Under ideas don’t hold upThe Comment Factory, UKThe proposals to bolster market regulation are an interim measure to prop up an unsustainable, cartel-ridden economy — an economy that he assumes, over time, will magically re-embed itself in what’s left of the social. But this is unlikely to happen, ...
B92Dačić: Ready for crisisB92, SerbiaThe main topics of the interview are the state of the police and Serbia's foreign policy. Basic criminal parameters, ie the number of murders, armed robberies and kidnappings, show that Serbia is a relatively safe country. What is worrying, however, ...
CBS NewsWorld Markets SagCBS News, NYIndia's benchmark tumbled 3.6 percent after the government, proposing its interim budget, offered no new stimulus measures. Markets in Australia and Singapore also retreated. In Japan, several exporters were hurt by the data showing the economy sank ...
SamayLiveKey Highlights of Interim Budget 2009-10SamayLive, IndiaForeign trade rose from 23.7 per cent of GDP to 35.5 per cent of GDP in 2007-08. Annual rate of growth in agriculture was 3.7 per cent. Foodgrain production increased by 10 million tonnes each year to all time high of 230 million tonnes in 2007-08. ...
AFPMore pump-priming expected in India pre-poll budgetAFP"There's a need to sustain our foreign trade, revive foreign investment and generate domestic demand in order to maintain our growth rates," he said. Such steps "are essential to lift up the multitudes from below the poverty line. ...
Hindu Business LineYields soften; traders await cues from interim BudgetHindu Business Line, IndiaThat this trend may have already begun was evident from the movement in the non-deliverable forward (NDF) trade. The NDF (NDFs are offshore rupee trading, where settlement is done in foreign currency, mostly in dollar ), which is a one month forward ...
Stabroek NewsThe defence of the New River, 1967-1969Stabroek News, GuyanaGuyana’s defensive strategy The distraction of the Netherlands government by the Curaçao disturbances; the disarray of the interim administration in Paramaribo; the determination of TRIS to remain aloof from the territorial controversy and the ...
YES! MagazineIcelanders to the Promised LandYES! Magazine, WAIn its day, Argentina had been the poster child for neoliberalism, with its privatized economy guided by International Monetary Fund policy. The economy's managers, foreign and domestic, were proud of what they'd done, unt il it turned out that it ...
The Market OracleWill the Economic Stimulus and TARP Banking System Rescue Work?The Market Oracle, UKSecond, seek to take advantage of the interim rallies and the pullbacks that are likely to be the nature of the market for years to come. Even after the bear market is over, the indexes will tend to trade sideways, experiencing rallies that can last ...
Knowledge@WhartonNew Energy: Nuclear Deals Mushroom in IndiaKnowledge@Wharton, PAThe Bush administration had announced certain incentives for nuclear power. Accordingly, there are 20 proposals in the US However, the Obama administration's policy is yet to be spelled out. The technology has evolved incrementally in the interim. ...
Daily Star - LebanonHow serious is the EU about supporting democracy and human rights ...Daily Star - Lebanon, LebanonIn this context, Italy's increased involvement following the 2006 war reflected the eagerness of Romano Prodi's centre-left government (elected in April 2006) to cooperate with other EU members to reinforce a European foreign policy and depart from the ...
Nepalnews.comMaoists see red in NepalNepalnews.com, NepalThe foremost among them is what kind of republic Nepal is to be: a democratic republic as has been promised in the interim statute, or a "people's republic" as the governing Maoists often demand. The next question on the periphery is whether Nepal ...
ITInews - Insurance Times and Investments NewsSARB Governor apparently shifts goalpostsITInews - Insurance Times and Investments News, South AfricaAs plausible reason was given upcoming data releases in late February (GDP 4Q2008 being released on 24 February) and other data (presumably monthly sector output releases, credit growth, leading indicators, plunging inflation data, foreign trade data ...
FijivillageChina Commits To More Fiji ImportsFijivillage, FijiFiji's Interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama said he is encouraged by China's commitment to bridge the trade gap by importing more goods from Fiji as well as more foreign direct investment. While speaking to the Vice President of the ...
RTT NewsIndian 2008-09 GDP Growth Seen At 6-Year LowRTT News, NYThe UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present interim budget on February 16 as its five-year term ends in May. India will hold general elections in April and May. Elsewhere, the Fitch Ratings affirmed India's Long-term foreign ...
Joy OnlineComment: Complacency and corruption cost the NPPJoy Online, GhanaLittle separates the two parties in terms of economic policy but 64 year old Mills won because the majority of Ghanaians wanted change despite the increased economic growth of recent years. Under Kufuor, Ghana had attracted growing foreign investment ...
American ChronicleThe Somali Piracy Epiphenomenon about to End. IV – A Sinking Ship ...American Chronicle, CAAbdullahi Yusuf resigned as Somalia's interim president in December, after four years in power that saw the rise of the country's Islamic Courts movement. In a Sunday interview with Al Arabiya, ex-President Yusuf said "many problems" face the new ...
CTV.ca'Buy American' not protectionism, says unionCTV.ca, CanadaSpeaking from the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, International Trade Minister Stockwell Day said he has spoken with interim US trade representative Peter Allgeier about concerns that the plan will shut Canadian steelmakers out of the US market. ...
This video clip says: LTTE had given all the notices to the government to stop slaughter the innocent people in North East or Tamil Elam and other part of the Sri Lanka. It sounds like the government not listening anything, and they will definitely face the sequences of those killings and torturing of Tamils very soon. Also, Sri Lankan Government tries to prove something to the foreign countries, but all the international watchers knew all the magic games of Mahinda Rajapaksha. Its called "Kannam Poochchi Vilayatu" Why LTTE should test their capabilities? Any reasons behind this? LTTE's purpose not to kill the innocent people. All they want all the people live in the countries with equal rights and with independent. Anyhow based on the past experience, it is IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE WITH SINGALESE. So, LTTE, leader Vellupillai Prabhaharan decided to separate the land from Singhalese. This is the best and unique solution. So, LTTE is freedom fighter; they fight with for the Tamil's rights. Definition of LTTE is "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam " The logic behind the LTTE's popularity in the Tamil speaking part of Sri Lanka is that they are trying to protect what they consider to be their homeland from incursions by settlers from the south, under the Protection of the Sri Lankan army. This fact must be understood for a balanced assessment of their durability and influence in the Sri Lanka imbroglio. Who is LTTE? Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the armed rebellion organization fighting for the independence of Tamil Eelam. It is a unique organization in the world in the following aspects. 1. Every cadre wears a cyanide capsule around the neck and commits suicide to avoid divulging vital information. 2. LTTE is the only rebel organization which has naval and air wings known as Sea Tigers and Air Tigers respectively. 3. All the cadre wears uniform Therefore, as you all know the reason now, why the LTTE is fighting against Singalese. What is Tamil Eelam? Tamil Eelam is a de facto state in Indian Ocean. It is located below the Tamil Nadu state of India and in the North East of Sri Lanka. The state of Tamil Eelam has been established by the people living there under the right of self determination given by International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights , Article 1, to which Sri Lanka is a signatory. The proposed size of the independent nation of Tamil Eelam is 19,509 km². This makes Tamil Eelam the 153 largest country/independent territory in the world. There are a total of 232 country/independent territories in the world. Tamil Eelam would be larger than East Timor at 14,874 km², which is the newest formed country in the world. East Timor gained independence after 24 years of Indonesia occupation on May 20, 2002. Why did Tamils in Sri Lanka want Tamil Eelam? Sri Lanka, which was renamed in Sinhala in 1972, had been called as Ceylon by British during colonial times. Before 1833, the Tamil people were under different administration. They had their own kingdoms, culture and language which are very different from those of Sinhalese until 1505. The first colonial invasion took place in 1505. British brought Tamils and Sinhalese under one administration in 1833 and called this new colony as Ceylon. When the British left in 1948, the 20% Tamils were left with 80% Sinhalese within a unitary country where the decisions were taken by democratic parliament system. Under this system, racially polarised Sinhalese and Tamils were ruled by the constant majority of Sinhalese against the democratic wishes of Tamils as Tamils were the constant minority. Who is the leader of Tamil Eelam? Vellupillai Pirabakaran, the leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the present National Leader of Tamil Eelam. His supported by a council of commanders who establish policy on everything from law and order to economic. The policy of the LTTE is that this is an interim solution until democratic elections can be held. Is Tamil Eelam a communist idea? No. Tamil Eelam is the home land of highly religious Hindu, Christian and Islamic Tamil speaking people. Tamils of Tamil Eelam are from the ancient times, known for their trade and commerce. Tamil Eelam will be a democratic country once it become independent. Tamil Eelam is expected to be a socialist state. Just like the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. What is the present state of Tamil Eelam? Presently, some Northern and Eastern parts of Tamil Eelam are under the Tamil Eelam administration. Although a war is going on, Tamil Eelam administration functions very effectively to achieve self reliance and self sufficiency. There are forty eight essential items were banned by Sri Lankan authorities to the de facto state of Tamil Eelam. Some of them are now allowed by the new government with the expectation that the people of Tamil Eelam would give up their right to chose their political status freely. Is there religious freedom in Tamil Eelam? Not only religious freedom, but the people are encouraged to follow their own religion by Tamil Eelam administration even under the severe war conditions and economic ban. The Christian, mainly Catholic and Hindu religious leaders are always provided all the support needed for their religious freedom. Islam, however, is not being practiced presently, as the Muslims have been asked to leave the Tamil Eelam territory until the independence of Tamil Eelam. The Muslims supported the aggressive Sri Lankan Sinhala and Muslim Military against the freedom of Tamil Eelam. Can any one travel to Tamil Eelam? Yes. Like in any other countries, for Tamil Eelam also the immigration and emigration laws are applicable at the borders. Since a war is going on for the independence, several additional restrictions are imposed on travellers for national security reasons and for the security of the life of travellers. What are the Islands of Sri Lanka? Included in the traditional homeland of the Tamil in Sri Lanka are a series of seven islands off the northern coast. These islands are: • Kayts • Mandaitivu • Eluvaitivu • Paraittivu • Analaitivu • Nainativu • Punkudutivu • Delft • Mannar What are some of the natural resources in Tamil Eelam? Ilmenite, Rutile, and Zircon Sri Lanka's north-east Pulmoddai coastline consists of mineral-rich sand. The 60 to 70 percent heavy minerals concentration of ilmenite, rutile and zircon are considered on of the best in the world. The main deposit consists of around 60 percent ilmenite, eight percent rutile and 8-10 percent zircon. Ilmenite, a black, heavy, metallic oxide mineral, is the major source of titanium, a metal valued for its high strength and light weight. Titanium's strength is such that it can withstand very high temperatures and is non-corrosive. Titanium is used in the construction high-performance military aircraft and rockets, space capsule skins, armour plate, aircraft firewalls, jet engine components, landing gears, submarines, and engine parts (as an alloy). Rutile, on the other hand, is mainly used in the titanium metal industry and in welding rods. Zircon is in demand in the ceramic industry for high quality glazing, foundries, and electrical items. Since September 1997, there has been little attempt to mine this mineral wealth. Production stopped after the Tiger attack sank a Lanka Mineral Sands cargo ship loaded with ilmenite anchored one kilometre off the beach. Pulmoddai is considered one of the best mineral sites in the world, with a heavy mineral content of 60 to 70 percent compared to beach deposits in Australia, a big producer, where the concentration is only five percent. Surveys commissioned by Lanka Mineral Sands indicate that the heavy minerals actually come from the island's interior, after being washed down by rivers such as the Mahaweli, Sri Lanka's longest river. New surveys, both onshore and offshore, estimate there are more than 12 million tonnes of heavy minerals in Pulmoddai and other nearby untapped areas, all on the east coast. They estimate that the reserves could last 25 to 30 years at the rate it was mined in the past. The state-run company's earning capacity reflects the wealth of this area: it was earning around 300 million rupees (about 3.3 million U.S. dollars) annually during its peak. So much so that until the Tigers struck in 1997, Lanka Mineral Sands, which pays royalty to the government for the mining rights, was the most profitable venture among state companies. Salt Prior to 1990 Elephant Pass and Kurunchativu located 10km apart had the largest salterns in the northeast with a combined area of 100 acres, and produced more than 85,000 metric tons of salt a year. The salt production in this area was sufficient in 1990 to meet all of Sri Lanka's needs and for export to other countries such as Singapore from Kurikattuvan harbor. The British monopolized all salt production in Sri Lanka under their control in 1938 with the establishment of the Salt Department in the wake of the 'Salt Satyagraha' by Mahatma Gandhi in India. The Salt Department was made the National Salt Corporation in 1966. All salterns in Sri Lanka were under the corporation before 1990. The salt production stopped in 1990 to 2000 when the Sri Lankan Army Elephant Pass garrison removed timber lining the edges of salt pans were removed by the SLA for military purposes. What are some Quotes on Eelam? 'I was once asked by an Englishman connected with the British Refugee Council: 'You say Tamil Eelam, but where are the boundaries of this Tamil Eelam that you talk about? Show me.' I was taken aback by the directness of the question. I thought for a while, searching for an appropriate response. Then I replied: 'Take a map of the island. Take a paint brush and paint all the areas where Sri Lanka has bombed and launched artillery attacks during these past several years. When you have finished, the painted area that you see - that is Tamil Eelam.''' - Sathasivam Krishnakumar (Col Kittu) Zurich, on Maha Veerar Naal, in November 1990