The EU agenda for tax transparency Pierre Moscovici says we are witnessing a generational shift when it comes to tax transparency in the EU and internationally Trade matters for jobs and growth The International Chamber of Commerce would like to hear more talk about why trade matters; how the gains from trade are realized; and about how concerns about trade’s disruptions can best be handled EU-China FTA: why do we need it? How should it look like? What will it bring? The economic potential in bilateral trade could be significant, Federica Mustilli, Mattia Di Salvo and Wenian Hu find

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Pyramid vs. oceanic circles. Facilitating sub-regional trade for sustainable development Bipul Chatterjee and Susan Mathew deliberate on why South Asia needs to adopt an oceanic circle model vis-à-vis pyramid model for facilitating trade Modi 2.0: revisiting relationship capitalism Deepanshu Mohan asks if the government can make a move from relationship capitalism to one where the markets compete freely across sectors Central banks and digital currencies Ben Broadbent looks at innovation in private sector digital currencies, asks what is a central bank digital currency, and what might be the economic implications of introducing one
Going digital: the benefits of a digital organization in financial services The organization of digital efforts is a key aspect of every digital transformation and banks and insurance companies that are able to transform themselves will be better prepared to ride the digitalization, write Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Fernández

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Why the Confederation can’t solve the Union’s problems Benjamin Zeeb and Julia Berghofer discuss multiple crises in Europe and argue that the Europeans have to build up a political union that is able to defend common interests by means of democratically legitimised institutions Combatting climate change Matthias Kroll looks at financing the 1.5°C limit by matching new ‘green helicopter QE’ with private capital Methane regulations an expensive mistake Tim Ball and Tom Harris examine the costs to the oil and gas sector by the EPA’s misguided regulations Europe’s digital transformation Measures designed to speed up the digital transformation of industry should remain at the core of what the EU is trying to achieve, John Higgins writes Equipping managers to help the world Alexandra Santos and Mathabo le Roux explain how a UN initiative is encouraging business schools to prepare students for tackling poverty and other development challenges Japan’s new international role Fraser Cameron considers the reasons for Japan’s more active global role and assesses the implications for EU-Japan relations Corruption-free trade – an important agenda for new generation trade agreements Susan Côté-Freeman and Dieter Zinnbauer say there is no excuse for not taking action to ensure that corruption and lack of transparency do not undermine trade governance The Nairobi WTO Ministerial Conference and post-Nairobi developments Bipul Chatterjee and Smriti Bahety discuss the implications of the decisions taken at Nairobi and the road ahead for the multilateral trading system Trade negotiations in an era of deep integration Patricia Goff looks at the evolving role of provinces and territories in trade negotiations AGOA and the future of US–Africa trade relations Cyril Prinsloo argues that while AGOA has been a boon to many African economies, as the deadline nears South Africa and other countries in SSA should seriously consider their relationship with the US Recommendations for a successful digital transformation in Europe The ongoing fourth industrial revolution is radically modifying the global economy. Europe needs a true digital transformation to regain competitiveness and deliver growth and jobs, writes Markus Beyrer Can the Union avoid a breakdown? Daniel Dăianu examines the immediate and long-term challenges to the European Union Putting innovation to work: global challenges and Industry 4.0 Europe needs a much bolder strategy for how innovation sits at the heart of our approach to modern industrial policy, and to Industry 4.0, Martin Porter writes Launching the fourth industrial revolution Eva Paunova argues that in order to reap the benefits and minimise the risks we must act strategically to prepare our economies and societies Grabbing the third rail Lukas Schmelter says that Europe now, more than ever, needs to create and support a unified strategic foreign and defence policy if it wants to retain and strengthen its global influence Will Brexit require a re-write of tax legislation? Les Secular considers three areas of international tax where changes may have to be made if there is a Brexit 40 years of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises The Guidelines are more than ever a key international reference document for responsible business conduct for companies around the world, Winand Quaedvlieg and Hanni Rosenbaum find The South China Sea in 2016. Towards recognising the global public good of the SCS Stephen Nagy discusses what is at stake in the South China Sea for countries in and outside the region G20 missed opportunities on trade and investment The International Chamber of Commerce Scorecard has revealed that the G20 made progress on a number of international business priorities but missed some important opportunities to advance trade and international investment policy frameworks Will India be able to achieve and sustain high growth rates? Richa Sekhani and Geethanjali Nataraj write that sustaining the growth rate requires India to take necessary steps to address both supply and demand side bottlenecks Solutions to the digital trade imbalance Susan Ariel Aaronson discusses how governments use trade agreements and policies to address cross-border internet issues and to limit digital protectionism Why leaving is the safer option Oliver Lewis says relations will be friendlier after a vote to leave as the United Kingdom will stop blocking European efforts to integrate Restricted access for migrants: a liberal justification Liberals see freedom of movement as vital, but it must always be limited by the freedom of others not to be disturbed, Fleur de Beaufort and Patrick van Schie write Developed countries must opt out of expensive climate mitigation commitments Risks of misguided climate change policy far outweigh the risks of man-made climate change, Tom Harris argues What fosters innovation? The International Chamber of Commerce has issued a set of principles to support innovation as a key driver of economic growth, job creation and broad-based opportunity Combating hiring discrimination with anonymous job applications Ulf Rinne says discrimination is still a big problem in today’s globalised world The power of positive leadership Whether directly through personal interaction or indirectly through their decisions, leaders shape the quality of a workplace. Siegfried Hoenle describes how leaders can act to boost employee engagement Governments, businesses, and civil society: transparency builds trust Yılmaz Argüden says the elimination of unnecessary legislative, regulatory and administrative barriers represents the right and most cost-efficient economic stimulus available to governments today Climate change: putting a price on carbon Kurt Van Dender, Johanna Arlinghaus, Luisa Dressler, Florens Flues and Michelle Harding write that carbon taxes and emissions trading systems will play a more prominent role in the future in cutting emissions Internationalization of MSMEs crucial to inclusive growth ABAC sees the need to support and strengthen trade and investment linkages between MSMEs and big businesses, writes Doris Magsaysay Ho SMEs in need of diversified funding options The 2015 ICC Global Survey on Trade Finance reveals that bank funding constraints remain a major obstacle for SMEs. The answer is to increase their options says, Vincent O’Brien, trade finance expert and Chair of the ICC Banking Commission Market Intelligence Group The fall of Safe Harbour and the future of transatlantic data sharing The basis of Safe Harbour has been questioned for some time, and in recent years it has become increasingly apparent that an updated privacy regime is necessary, Natasha Simmons writes A tale of two unions James Bartholomeusz writes about how Brexit could break up the United Kingdom itself Why is China finding it hard to fight the markets? Alicia García-Herrero writes that China is sitting on a pile of debt, and the only way out is to deleverage: more pain now for sustainable growth later Africa’s uncompetitive trade deals The trade agreements that African countries enter into are in many cases undermining their development, rather than boosting it, William Gumede argues Building trust. The toughest leadership challenge? Confucius said that rulers need three resources: weapons, food and trust. The ruler who cannot have all three should give up weapons first, then food but should hold on to trust at all costs. David Watkins explains Boardroom briefing In this briefing we have partnered with Atradius to pose questions and gain a better perspective of credit management and collection services, which can now be viewed as a core strategy requirement Climate change, conflict and the sustainable development goals In those fragile states most in need of development progress SDG 16 is central to achieving immediate and future wellbeing, Alec Crawford asserts TPP: implications for India Geethanjali Nataraj and Pravakar Sahoo examine the likely implications of the TPP on India and set out a roadmap for India to prepare itself Africa at a fork in the road: taking off or disappointment again? Ernesto Zedillo introduces an eBook he co-edited that illustrates some of the ambitious but necessary steps needed to unleash the tremendous potential of the African people towards the development of their nations Best Aviation Registry 2016 Malta Business Aviation Association (MBAA) is the recipient of the World Commerce Review Best Aviation Registry 2016 Award The evidence to guide Europe in the refugee crisis Europe needs to resort to smart solutions to master the challenge presented by the influx of refugees, Alessio Brown asserts 30 years of success For 30 years Kelleher International has been creating exclusive matches. In a Q&A with World Commerce Review, Amber Kelleher-Andrews talks about how her company finds love for top-level executives 3D printing: unleashing the magic Martina Ferracane argues that policy makers should engage in a proactive regulatory dialogue and implement a framework to aid the development of a technology that is set to shake and reshape our reality OBOR: will it reboot the Chinese economy? Pravakar Sahoo discusses the centrepiece of China's foreign policy, and looks at potential future issues Why Berlin and Paris cannot give in to Cameron Sebastian Dullien argues that British interests in protecting the integrity of the single market of 28 countries and the eurozone’s wish to move forward with more integration will inevitably clash
The quest for financial stability, economic growth, and returns on investment in the post-crisis global economy Jonny Greenhill and Gianluca Riccio say that greater coordination is needed to strengthen the pace of what is currently a lacklustre recovery An opportunity to meet further challenges 2015 offers the opportunity to end poverty, reduce inequality and to avert the destructive effects of a global temperature rise, Petros Fassoulas writes Innovation, decarbonisation, and Europe’s economic transformation Martin Porter writes that it is the time for Europe to lead – not just at COP21, but in its economic approach to the industrial innovation and the transition to a new economy The geopolitics of the TPP: reconfiguring regional architecture in East Asia Stephen Nagy argues that the TPP reconfigures regional architecture in East Asia away from a China-centred economic framework to one that will attenuate Chinese economic domination by the bifurcation ASEAN into TPP members and non-members More than a name, a reference In a Q&A with Olivier Bizon future developments in wealth management are discussed On the road to Paris. A global deal is our business Emma Marcegaglia has 10 recommendations to ensure success in the COP21 international climate change negotiations Time is up for a Europe resting on its foreign policy laurels Daniel Schade explains why Europe’s status as an economic giant but political dwarf simply isn’t enough anymore The climate scare's 'useful idiots' Tom Harris writes that coal executives and conservatives are unwittingly promoting global warming concerns People, planet and prosperity With the countdown to UN Sustainable Development Goals well underway ICC lends a helping hand for businesses to foster their implementation Brussels’s lobbying bonanza Pia Eberhardt, Lora Verheecke and Kenneth Haar write that EU politics is heavily skewed in favour of capital and transnational corporations and that TTIP would expand their power even further Making the Digital Single Market a reality Andrus Ansip writes that the European Commission’s Strategy for the DSM lays down a marker for Europe’s digital future, creating a free, fair and open digital environment that is accessible to everyone A ‘New Age’ of uncertainty Central bankers and policy makers have a much more complicated and difficult job nowadays, Daniel Dăianu writes Last chance for Europe in the digital saloon? Europe’s gradual decline in relation to the USA and Asia will be inexorable unless it adopts a bold and ambitious plan soon, states Colin Blackman Managing risk, enabling trade In a Q&A with Andreas Tesch future developments in credit insurance are discussed Muddling through won’t solve Europe’s problems Benjamin Zeeb explains why Europe has to attempt the impossible to overcome them Reform, not renegotiation Lucy Thomas says David Cameron should push for changes that benefit businesses across Europe Nulli secundus World Commerce Review spoke with David Briggs-Wilson and discussed business aviation as a corporate tool The road to COP21 climate talks John Danilovich says business is ready and willing to play a central role in enhancing the effectiveness of climate policy Beyond greenwashing: when ‘business-as-usual’ means sustainability Fiona Bywaters says that with the right policies in place to facilitate innovation, business has a key role to play in securing a sustainable world for future generations Progressives should demand a reassessment of climate change concerns Adherence to global warming dogma violating causes held dear by the left, Tom Harris writes Fully confidential and private treatment In a Q&A with Werner Gerber, effective addiction treatment for high-profile international clients is discussed India’s new foreign trade policy: setting its own house in order The new FTP reveals a more calculated, and perhaps long overdue, approach, Bipul Chatterjee and Chenai Mukumba argue The Maritime Silk Road – an EU perspective Fraser Cameron writes that the MSR will have a major impact on global trade and international relations, especially EU-China relations The Tripartite: what to expect from Africa’s grand free trade area Matthias Bauer and Andreas Freytag say that it is essential for African leaders to push for more inter-African integration if African economies want to become less dependent from the rest of the world Modifying China-South Africa trade South Africa is struggling to cobble together a coherent long-term trade strategy to deal with China, William Gumede writes Regulatory cooperation in TTIP An important part of the TTIP will be dedicated to the removal of non-tariff barriers, Jan Teresiński writes Is there such thing as a gender wage gap? Gender discrimination in the workforce is yesterday’s problem, suggests Ben Southwood Human touch and the future of work Occupations that deal with complexity, supervising, assessing, deciding, teaching, but also care and personal interaction, will be most relevant in the future, Werner Eichhorst writes

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