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14 Years On With Nafta once again coming to the forefront of water-cooler discussions as a result of the political ping-pong between Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US, we look back at the development of the ground-breaking free trade agreement and examine whe...
Multinationals And Nafta Much lambasted for its effects on the poor, Nafta has proved successful at opening the North American markets—and promoted corporate growth in the process. As the US presidential primary campaigns neared their conclusion in March, the Nort...
SECTOR REPORT / SHIPPING FINANCE Growth in world trade spurs demand for financing of ships and terminals. Sharp growth in the size of cargo ships has prompted expansion of the Panama canal. Sharp growth in the size of cargo ships has prompted ...
SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS Sovereign wealth funds snap up bargains in one of the biggest financial industry land grabs in history. Bader Al Sa'ad, head of Kuwait's SWF, helped arrange a huge cash infusion for Citi. To say Citi and ...
ANNUAL SURVEY/ BEST TRADE FINANCE BANKS Trade finance banks are providing ever-more diverse and innovative services as world trade continues to expand. On January 1, 2008, the multilateral trading system reached its 60th anniversary. Any celebrating...
Asia’s most dynamic economies are amassing huge cash fortunes that they can then wield to increase their power around the world. Will 2008 be the year when we truly see the balance of global power shift to the East? Asia’s most dynamic economie...
Dear Reader In our cover story this month, we investigate the idea that this could be Asia’s big breakout year. Certainly, the continent’s economic fortunes have transformed since the 1997 crisis that temporarily crippled Thailand, the Philippines, Indone...
The seemingly interminable wrangling over global trade encapsulated in the so-called Doha Round of talks might be about to come to an end. The dormant world trade talks may finally emerge from a prolonged suspension this spring as trade officials doggedly cr...
A modern form of Islamic trade financing has taken root and is flourishing in the Middle East With its ancient caravan trails winding through the desert sands of Arabia, the Middle East is a fabled trade entrepôt between Europe and Asia. Now, as a modern fo...
As the use of letters of credit declines worldwide, banks are devising other ways to help companies manage their financial supply chains With global trade ballooning and companies looking for ever more efficient ways to fund and manage that trade, the ...
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