Rediscovering the Americas: The World’s 15 Best Countries for Business in 2014

The US, Germany, Poland and Mexico are among next year’s Best Countries for Business. Rotterdam Week in cooperation with Atlantico Business Development (an international consultancy based in Rotterdam) has selected the best 15 markets of 2014/15 for your direct investment or for exporting your products. This is the first edition of a series of articles … Continue reading Rediscovering the Americas: The World’s 15 Best Countries for Business in 2014

Brazil’s 2014 elections already face headwinds

By Fernando Dantas As Brazil prepares for election year 2014, economic uncertainty is pervasive. It is likely that 2014 will not be as spectacular as 2010, but forecasts of what will actually happen vary considerably. On the negative end, Brazil would encounter a perfect storm that might combine one or more downgrades of its sovereign … Continue reading Brazil’s 2014 elections already face headwinds

Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

By George Friedman The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, it … Continue reading Ukraine: On the Edge of Empires

Turkish Airlines to set up base in Rotterdam

Turkish Airlines will open a second base in the Netherlands at ‘Rotterdam The Hague Airport’. As of 4 March seven employees of Turkish Airlines will be stationed in Rotterdam to handle the new regular services between Rotterdam and home base Istanbul.  Turkish Airlines has taken a well-advised decision to set up a base in Rotterdam. General … Continue reading Turkish Airlines to set up base in Rotterdam

Chinese biotech firm locates European office in Rotterdam

BGI Tech, one of the world’s leading genomics research institutes, has opted for Rotterdam as its European headquarters. The Chinese company provides services in genetic research in humans, plants and animals, microbiology and medicines. The development of new drugs, DNA decoding and cancer research are just a few examples of the many areas the company … Continue reading Chinese biotech firm locates European office in Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam: Nirint swaps Moerdijk for Maasvlakte

From early 2014, Rotterdam shipping company Nirint will use the Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal on the Maasvlakte instead of Moerdijk. The Nirint vessels have called at the latter port, with its far inland location, for sixteen years in a row. Nirint provides services to ports including Saint Petersburg, Bilbao, Havana and Moa in Cuba and … Continue reading Port of Rotterdam: Nirint swaps Moerdijk for Maasvlakte

How the US Will Amend the Constitution To Rein In A Power Drunk Washington DC

by Ralph Benko On December 7th, nearly 100 state legislators, many distinguished, representing 32 states, assembled at Mount Vernon. They gathered at the homestead of George Washington, 15 miles from the capital city named for him. The purpose? To discuss how, safely, to revive an overlooked, but invaluable, provision in the United States Constitution to … Continue reading How the US Will Amend the Constitution To Rein In A Power Drunk Washington DC

For 2014 Brazilian businesses expect to invest less and gain less

The October-November 2013 edition of the Investment Survey by the Getulio Vargas Foundation has obtained data from Brazilian industrial companies on the development in 2013 and expectations for 2014 regarding variables such as investment, employed personnel and sales. 758 companies were consulted, responsible for sales of R$ 534 billion.  ASSESSMENTS REGARDING 2013 The profile of … Continue reading For 2014 Brazilian businesses expect to invest less and gain less

Latin America to grow by 3.2% in 2014

The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will expand by 3.2% in 2014, which is higher than the 2.6% performance of 2013, according to a new ECLAC report launched today at a press conference in Santiago, Chile. Panama will lead the pack with a growth rate of 7% in 2014, while powerhouses like Brazil … Continue reading Latin America to grow by 3.2% in 2014

Letter from Kurdistan

By Reva Bhalla At the edge of empires lies Kurdistan, the land of the Kurds. The jagged landscape has long been the scene of imperial aggression. For centuries, Turks, Persians, Arabs, Russians and Europeans looked to the mountains to buffer their territorial prizes farther afield, depriving the local mountain dwellers a say in whose throne … Continue reading Letter from Kurdistan

Is Paul Krugman the architect of permanent slump?

by Ralph Benko Public intellectual Paul Krugman recently consigned to Hell, in a New York Times op-ed column entitled A Permanent Slump, the world economy. He wrote: [W]hat if the world we’ve  been living in for the past five years is the new normal? What if  depression-like conditions are on track to persist, not for … Continue reading Is Paul Krugman the architect of permanent slump?

Understanding Latin America’s Shortage of Innovative Entrepreneurs

Latin America and the Caribbean is a region of entrepreneurs. The share of business owners per capita is larger than in other regions at similar income levels. Still, according to a new World Bank report, “Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation,” the region’s future will depend on having more “transformational” entrepreneurs than it … Continue reading Understanding Latin America’s Shortage of Innovative Entrepreneurs

World Bank to improve public services in Acre State, Brazil

More than 700,000 people living in the State of Acre, in the remote Northwest of Brazil’s Amazon Region, will benefit from a program to improve public sector efficiency, particularly in the areas of education and gender equality. The US$ 250 million Strengthening Public Policies for Improved Service Delivery Development Policy Loan was approved by the … Continue reading World Bank to improve public services in Acre State, Brazil

World Bank to improve Peru tourism

More than one million people will benefit from improvements in tourism services, appropriate solid waste management and disaster protection and prevention measures in the areas of Cusco, Calca and Urubamba, thanks to a US$35 million project by the World Bank that forms part of a broader Cusco Regional Government program. “Realizing the implementation of a … Continue reading World Bank to improve Peru tourism

Israel’s new strategic position

By George Friedman Israel has expressed serious concerns over the preliminary U.S.-Iranian agreement, which in theory will lift sanctions levied against Tehran and end its nuclear program. That was to be expected. Less obvious is why the Israeli government is concerned and how it will change Israel's strategic position. Israel's current strategic position is excellent. … Continue reading Israel’s new strategic position

Chairman Hensarling’s Promise To Tackle the Fed

by Ralph Benko House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, after his introduction by Cato  Institute vice president Mark Calabria at a panel of the 31st annual Cato Monetary Conference, had effusive praise for his host: I do want to thank the Cato Institute for everything they  stand for and everything they have meant to … Continue reading Chairman Hensarling’s Promise To Tackle the Fed

The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

By Arnout Nuijt With less than six months to go, South Africa’s national elections already fuel many speculations. As I wrote earlier, the big game changer may be Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. The EFF may grab up to 10% of the national vote (one poll put them even at 12%), mostly votes previously cast … Continue reading The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

Equities set to rise further in 2014

Equities are set to rise further in 2014 after the world returns to normality, with higher global growth and the end of easy money in the US. These are the key predictions of Robeco’s Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen in his outlook for markets next year. Stocks are Robeco’s preferred asset class for 2014, although returns … Continue reading Equities set to rise further in 2014