Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Living Rankings confirms some well-established insights into Asian cities. However, rankings alone can be notoriously superficial. In this article, we explore the trends which stand up to scrutiny.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lent its full support to Bangladesh’s new system of value-added tax (VAT). Following an IMF mission led by Rodrigo Cubero to the country, the IMF said that the tax will help boost revenue and reduce compliance costs for businesses.
2014 was a formative year for Chinese territorial disputes with other nations. Tensions with Japan and The Philippines reached near breaking point, with signs of instability creeping into the entire Asian region. Yet behind these media-capturing headlines, trade has been booming.
The European shipping sector is confident that the Asian market will remain a reliable lifeline. In the first of this two-part article on the opportunities and threats to Europe’s reliance on the Asian shipping sector, we take a look at the general trends in the industry and intra-Asian trade.
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