October 2013

The Guardian, 21 October, 2013

Hindustan Times, 19 November, 2013
As co-chair of the open working group on sustainable development goals (SDGs), a relatively low-profile UN initiative set up after the Rio+20 conference in Brazil last year, Macharia Kamau has a big brief: the design of a new set of ambitious, global goals that will apply to all countries and help orient international attention – and resources – towards tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Ban pledges UN support for Africa’s development partnership

UN News Centre, 21 October, 2013
Hailing the success of the self-assessment mechanism agreed among African leaders a decade ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the peer review process has not only fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue but has opened up more space for citizens to participate in the decisions affecting them.

Emerging markets face slowdown in growth

World Bulletin, 21 October, 2013
Rising market economies face two sided hardships originating from slowing down of growth and tighter global financial conditions. Speaking in the presentation of World Economic Outlook (WEO) Report in Turkey’s Istanbul city on Monday, Andrea Pescatori from IMF said that global economic growth was predicted around 3% in 2013 and 3.5% in 2014 given the current state of global economy.

China committed to regional peace, development

People daily, 08 October 2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China is committed to promoting regional peace and development, and building a cross-Pacific cooperation framework. Xi made the remarks while addressing an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit.

World Bank Lowers East Asia Growth Forecasts

The New York Times, 07 October, 2013
The World Bank lowered its growth forecast for large parts of eastern Asia, saying that the rebalancing of the once red-hot Chinese economy, lower commodity prices and weaker-than-expected exports were holding back expansion in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and China itself.

Warring U.S. factions hold ‘fate of the world economy in their hands’

The Globe and Mail, 07 October 2013
The world is growing increasingly anxious over the debt stalemate in Washington, fearing the extreme scenario of a U.S. default. Markets cringed today and countries such as China and Japan warned warring U.S. politicians to tread cautiously as the partial government shutdown enters its second week and the supposed drop-dead date of Oct. 17 to raise the debt limit draws closer.

Emerging market firms to reshape corporate world

The Economic Times, 03 October 2013
The number of large emerging market companies will surge in coming years and they will become competitors but also customers for rich-country firms, according to a new study. Almost three-quarters of today’s 8,000 companies with annual revenue of $1 billion or more are based in advanced economies.

A development data revolution needs to go beyond the geeks

The Guardian, 03 October 2013
One buzz phrase the high-level panel’s report on the post-2015 objectives has added to the development lexicon is “data revolution”. Expect every report with numbers in it published over the next couple of years to be sold as part of this so-called revolution.

SAARC comes out with poverty profile

The Economic Times, 02 October 2013
A poverty profile for eight South Asian nations, including India, was released here today to share of the best practices and experiences towards poverty alleviation in the region.

Azevêdo: “Innovation is an important driver for trade flows”

WTO News, 01 October, 2013
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on 1 October 2013, welcomed hundreds of participants to the three-day WTO Public Forum 2013 by calling the event a reality check, as it provides us a great opportunity to learn from you how we might do things differently. He said that this year we will concentrate our efforts in addressing key issues related to expanding trade through innovation and the digital economy.
Speech | Opening Plenary debate