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Discuss Strategies for Winning in the Experience Economy

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 ottobre 2018

NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) today announced Interactions 2018 Paris, its annual France and Benelux focused conference to be held on November 15, 2018 at Pavillon Dauphine in Paris, France, A complimentary event for NICE customers, partners and prospects, NICE Interactions 2018 Paris will feature internationally renowned former footballer, Emmanuel Petit, as keynote speaker, in addition to John O’Hara, President, NICE EMEA. Customers such as Canal+ International, Malakoff Médéric, Engie Electrabel, Chronopost, John Paul, Groupe La Poste, OVH, Webhelp and Teleperformance will also present at the event. To register, please click here.The agenda of this year’s NICE Interactions 2018 Paris event will include three exciting tracks, namely analytics, process automation and employee engagement. A dedicated showcase area will allow attendees to get a closer look at the latest innovations across NICE’s rich range of solutions via demos. Some of the offerings to be featured include next generation Quality Management, Nexidia Analytics, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Real-Time Authentication (RTA), Workforce Management (WFM), Employee Engagement Management (EEM), NICE Satmetrix Voice of the Customer (VoC), and of course, CXone, the market’s No. 1 cloud customer experience platform.The content rich event will also feature two intimate roundtable discussion sessions led by the company’s product experts and will offer delegates the opportunity to raise questions and challenges while sharing from their day to day experiences.

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Mobile Ecosystem to Be Worth More Than $50 Billion to West Africa Economy by 2022, Finds New GSMA Study

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 aprile 2018

The mobile industry in West Africa is forecast to contribute more than $50 billion annually to the region’s economy by 2022, according to a new GSMA study published today at the ‘Mobile 360 – West Africa’ event being held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The new report, The Mobile Economy: West Africa 2018, calculates that the region’s mobile ecosystem contributed $37 billion in value last year, equivalent to 6.5 per cent of GDP1, and will grow to $51 billion (7.7 per cent of GDP) within five years. The economic contribution over this period will be spurred by strong subscriber growth and the move to mobile broadband networks and services. “Today’s report demonstrates the vital role West Africa’s mobile ecosystem is playing in driving economic growth and empowering citizens across the region, as well as in delivering against many of the targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer at the GSMA. “However, further work is required as more than half of West Africa’s citizens are not yet connected to a mobile service, excluding them from the socio-economic benefits that mobile delivers.”
At the end of 2017, there were 176 million unique mobile subscribers2 across the West Africa sub-region, which comprises the 15 members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)3. This is equivalent to a penetration rate of 47 per cent of the region’s population, up from just 28 per cent at the start of the decade. Strong subscriber growth is forecast to continue over the coming years; 72 million additional mobile subscribers are expected to be added in West Africa by 2025, lifting subscriber penetration to 54 per cent. Much of this growth is attributable to the demographic situation across the region, as large youth populations are expected to take out mobile subscriptions as they reach adulthood. According to the report, more than 40 per cent of the population in many countries across Sub-Saharan Africa are below the age of 16.Meanwhile, the transition to mobile broadband in West Africa is being driven by the expansion of 3G and 4G networks, lower data tariffs and the increasing affordability of smartphones. 3G networks now cover two-thirds of the regional population and 4G adoption is also rising rapidly. As of March 2018, there were 29 live 4G (LTE) networks in nine countries across West Africa, six of which have launched in the last year. 3G and 4G together accounted for 36 per cent of West African mobile connections in 2017 and are forecast to rise to 94 per cent of the total by 2025. Local operators are expected to spend $8 billion (capex) over the next two years building out and upgrading their networks.

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World Ocean Summit: Sustainable Finance Principles launched to guide investments in the maritime economy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 marzo 2018

At the World Ocean Summit taking place in Mexico, the Commission launched in partnership with the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and WWF Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.These are voluntary principles that will guide responsible investments to counter the many stresses that oceans are subject to, from overfishing and rising sea levels to plastic pollution. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “I am delighted to see the progress in the delivery of this important commitment made at the 2017 Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU. The importance of having clear guidelines supporting the sustainable development of the blue economy is now widely recognised, and this is encouraging.” Today’s launch is in line with the Commission’s Sustainable Finance Action Plan, presented yesterday as part of the Capital Markets Union’s efforts to connect finance with the specific needs of the European economy to the benefit of the planet and our society. It is also one of the key steps towards implementing the historic Paris Agreement and the EU’s agenda for sustainable development. Earlier this year, the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance had recommended in its final report that the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles be adopted and implemented by the finance community. As a result, initial commitments have already been made by Althelia Ecosphere, Aviva Investors, the BPCE Group, Seventure Partners, Willis Towers Watson and the World Bank. In signing up, investors and organisations commit to mainstream these principles in all new investment decisions.

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The Nobel in economics rewards a pioneer of “nudges”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 ottobre 2017

Richard ThalerNOT long ago, the starting assumption of any economic theory was that humans are rational actors who maximise their utility. Economists summarily dismissed anyone insisting otherwise. But over the past few decades, behavioural economists like Richard Thaler have progressively chipped away at this notion. They combine economics with insights from psychology to show how heavily economic decisions are influenced by cognitive biases. On September 9th Mr Thaler’s work was recognised at the highest level when the Nobel Committee awarded him this year’s prize in economics. Mr Thaler thus becomes one of very few behavioural economists to win the prize.Mr Thaler’s has been a prolific career, spanning over four decades, the last two of them at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His research has touched on subjects as varied as asset prices, personal savings and property crime. For example, Mr Thaler developed a theory of mental accounting, which explains how people making financial decisions look only at the narrow effect of individual decisions rather than the whole effect. (Indeed, he is one of the founders of the sub-discipline of behavioural finance.) The Nobel committee also highlighted Mr Thaler’s research on self-control, that is, the tension between long-term planning and short-term temptations.The new laureate has also worked to bring his arguments to a wider audience. For the benefit of fellow economists not well versed in (or dismissive of) behavioural theories, he wrote a regular column for the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a prestigious journal, recounting instances of economic behaviour that violated classical microeconomic theory. For a general audience, he wrote several books on behavioural economics, starting with “Quasi-Rational Economics” in 1991.
But Mr Thaler is perhaps most famous as a pioneer of “nudging”: the use of behavioural insights as a public-policy tool. Although the idea of nudging is not new, and firms have long employed behavioural science to shape their customers’ behaviour, governments of the past used psychology only sporadically.
That started to change when Mr Thaler and Cass Sunstein, a legal scholar at Harvard University, co-authored a book, “Nudge”, in 2008. The book attacked the assumption of rational decision-making in economic models and showed how context could be changed to “nudge” people to make better choices. In 2010 Mr Thaler advised the British government on the creation of the Behavioural Insights Team, a unit that sought to put their ideas into practice. The wildly successful government unit has since been spun out into a quasi-private company and now advises governments around the world. From a renegade offshoot within economics departments just a few decades ago, behavioural economics has gained an established place not only within academia, but also within government departments around the world. From Australia to America, as well as within organisations like the World Bank and UN, the “nudging” approach has been copied. The Nobel Committee’s decision to honour Mr Thaler is of course a recognition of his personal achievements. But it is also a testament to the newfound importance of his discipline. (font: The Economist) (photo: Richard Thaler)

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Futuro del lavoro e del welfare, sharing economy e misure di sostegno al reddito: si conclude così il 4° Future Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 febbraio 2017

forumLa sharing economy distrugge lavoro? Più che regolamentarla, bisogna formare i lavoratori e i cittadini a utilizzare gli stessi strumenti delle grandi piattaforme per tutelarsi e “giocare” al rialzo. Forse è una strada più difficile, ma probabilmente più efficace di quella di creare regolamentazioni che è plausibile risultino già superate una volta che completano tutto l’iter di approvazione, con questa politica che non riesce a star dietro ai tempi della tecnologia. Marco Luccisano, già capo della segreteria recnica del Miur e fondatore del Progetto Rena, Intelligenza collettiva a servizio dell’Italia, ha aperto oggi pomeriggio l’ultimo “giro di relatori” del Future Forum, in sala Valduga. Moderati dal direttore de Linkiesta Francesco Cancellato, con Luccisano c’erano Giuseppe Bronzini, magistrato della Cassazione sezione lavoro, Guido Ferradini, avvocato, Vice Presidente AGI Toscana, Marco Bentivogli segretario generale Fim-Cisl e, in collegamento skype, Marco Leonardi, professore di economia politica all’Università di Milano e consulente economico della Presidenza del consiglio.In apertura, un videomessaggio del presidente dell’Inps Tito Boeri, che non è potuto intervenire di persona, ma che ha lanciato tutti i temi di discussione di questo tavolo conclusivo dell’edizione 2017 del Future Forum della Camera di Commercio di Udine: il futuro del lavoro, del welfare, della previdenza, la sharing economy, le conseguenze del jobs act, le misure di sostegno al reddito e la formazione continua.Argomenti assolutamente centrali, su cui si giocherà il futuro di tutti.
«Nella “Buona scuola”, l’obbligatorietà dell’alternanza scuola-lavoro è un fatto positivo – ha sostenuto Luccisano –. Non per imparare un mestiere, perché oggi forse non serve, ma perché servono invece le competenze per poter leggere il cambiamento della nostra società e del nostro mondo del lavoro. E forse, farlo nei luoghi in cui il lavoro accade, permette ai ragazzi di leggerlo meglio». Per Luccisano «oggi le persone producono valore non lavorando ma consumando. Amazon ha distrutto posti di lavoro, ma ne ha creati altri. Ha cominciato, per esempio, distruggendo il lavoro dei librai, ma ha creato lavoro per chi si occupa di consegne».
Leonardi ha parlato poi di welfare. «Nel jobs act, una delle riforme principali dello scorso governo e che ora continuiamo, una delle cose principali è stato l’allargamento dei sussidi disoccupazione. Si cambia più spesso lavoro, si passa da lavoro dipendete ad autonomo e viceversa, molti sono i contratti a termine. Chi aveva, per esempio, un cococo non aveva diritto al sussidio di disoccupazione. Ora abbiamo allargato la platea di chi ne ha diritto ed è uno dei vantaggi maggiori della riforma, passato in secondo piano perché oscurato dal dibattito sull’articolo 18. Chi ha lavorato anche solo per 13 settimane nei 4 anni precedenti ha comunque un sussidio e non è poco. Oggi poi c’è anche sussidio disoccupazione assistenziale che prima non c’era in Italia». Ciò che il Governo sta concludendo ora «è costruire un sistema di reddito di ultima istanza, una misura universale – ha aggiunto Leonardi –. Abbiamo fatto una sperimentazione prima su alcune città del Sud e poi sulle grandi città. Si si chiama Sia e rappresenta una misura per tutti contro la povertà. Finora su questa misura abbiamo sempre stanziato pochi fondi e culturalmente non siamo stati pronti. La crisi ha lasciato ferite profonde: 600 mila nuclei familiari sotto la soglia povertà. Ma se quest’anno ne abbiamo coperte solo 60 mila, saremo in grado di raddoppiarle nel 2017 e arrivare a 400 mila nel 2018. Una strada verso una misura universale contro la povertà ci rende Paese più civile. Siamo impegnati a fare i decreti attuativi in tempo record».
Guido Ferradini ha invitato poi a considerare i diversi punti di vista che vengono spesso confusi quando si parla di lavoro: economia, diritto, sociologia, etica. «L’economia è stata sempre elemento trainante di tutte le riforme. Ma l’aspetto sociale dell’impatto del lavoro è sempre stato tralasciato. Si può creare massima flessibilità nel mercato del lavoro, ma si rischia di distruggere l’aspetto sociale. È possibile che l’occupazione cresca, ma creiamo un disastro sociale, perché la gente si trova a lavorare per più datori di lavoro e a fare lavori mal pagati. Socialmente ci si trova in profonda insicurezza e noi si ha tempo né forza per formarsi. Va dunque creato un sistema che garantisca formazione continua forum1anche in queste condizioni». Ferradini si è invece detto favorevole a un reddito di cittadinanza, da lui visto «non affatto come un disincentivo alla formazione. Io credo che se garantiamo una risorsa come questa, forse diamo la possibilità alle persone di formarsi. E la formazione facilita anche la nascita d’impresa». Bentivogli della Cisl invece non si è detto d’accordo sul reddito di cittadinanza e ha anche messo in luce diverse anomalie del nostro sistema, «su cui dobbiamo anche avere il coraggio di essere impopolari. Abbiamo 800 miliardi di spesa pubblica. Ma abbiamo pensionati sotto i 65 anni che ci costano 85 miliardi. Ma veramente sono in pensione o continuano a lavorare in altre forme? Ne spendiamo poi 70 nel sistema di formazione. Siamo dunque un Paese per vecchi e in buona salute». Il tema è scomodo per tutti, ha detto. «Lo squilibrio non è più nord-sud, è tra i giovani e tutti gli altri. Bisognerebbe fare politiche più serie. Il primo scivolone di Renzi fu mettere il Tfr in busta paga, un errore per i nostri giovani». Per i quali c’è però, contemporaneamente, anche «un problema “di sveglia” e di scossa». Bentivolgi ha poi parlato di welfare. «Appena si sono tarati meglio e stretti i criteri per l’Isee sono “spariti” un sacco di poveri. I poveri ci sono, ma nel grande numero dobbiamo essere consapevoli che ci sono anche tanti evasori. La lotta all’evasione fiscale non credo sia una delle medaglie del governo Renzi. Qui la si fa franca ancora troppo quando si frodano le regole minime del vivere insieme». (foto: forum)

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Local economies point to the future

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2016

Shirin MahalatiINDORE, India — How does a nation whose economy is growing by 7 percent a year allow for economic prosperity without fueling the rising inequality between rich and poor? How does it connect with the global market system without losing its spiritual and social values? These were some of the questions that animated a recent symposium titled “Strengthening Local Economies for a Just Global Order”, held on 23 February at Devi Ahilya University of Indore.Some 150 faculty and students participated in the event, organized by the Baha’i Chair for Studies in Development and the University’s School of Economics.This dialogue on strengthening local economies was initiated some seven years ago when the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity organized a series of seminars on the discourse on science, religion, and development in India. The Baha’i Chair in Indore is now giving greater attention to local economies in light of the growing concern in the country about the negative effects of globalization, particularly on rural populations.In her opening remarks, Dr. Shirin Mahalati, Head of the Baha’i Chair, stressed the need to avoid dichotomies on the question of globalization, where it is either rejected wholesale or blindly embraced with no thought of its effects.”We have to learn the balance of opening ourselves to the globe without losing all that we have that is precious,” she said.A rich dialogue about various dimensions of social and economic development in India followed, focusing primarily on the question of local economies. Speakers discussed some of the challenges and shortcomings of the current approaches to globalization and offered insights about various interventions that could assist India to navigate the path forward. The keynote speaker, a well-known Indian economist, Amitabh Kundu, emphasized the need to strengthen local and regional economies as a response to the growing inequality and ecological degradation that India faces as its doors open to the global market. He also proposed that thinking at the level of local economies can help India find creative solutions to dealing with the challenge of sustaining economic growth while at the same time controlling carbon emissions. “We need a paradigm shift that involves changes in lifestyles and production processes, and this will require interventions to strengthen the local economy.”
Arash Fazli, a researcher with the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity and collaborator with the Baha’i Chair, also talked about the opportunity to learn about new economic approaches at the level of villages.”Village economies have their own logic that allows certain features of the community to be maintained — for example, the relationship to nature and social cohesion,” he said. “We need to draw on both modern and traditional systems, without romanticizing imitating the former or the latter.”When village economies develop, why must they be limited to either capitalist or socialist models?” We are seeking to forge new patterns and new models.” The Dean of Social Sciences, Dr. Ahuja Kanhaiya award, emphasized the need for economic models that would reinforce the values of community life, such as compassion, contentment, cooperation, justice, and a sense of duty towards the common Some 150 facultygood.”Unfortunately,” he mentioned, “at present economic growth is being driven by consumerism and competition that are destroying these values.”Speakers also discussed the need for economic growth to be balanced and just, requiring development to be viewed within a broader vision of the spiritual and material prosperity of humanity.”Economic models today give humanity a very limited range of options in explaining human behavior,” Dr. Fazli said. “One is to explain it in terms of greed, self-interest, and profit motive. The other is to say that the only way to organize society is to have absolute equality. The path to move past these limitations is becoming clearer. “”We have to account for people’s own sense of themselves as being more than material beings, more than just highly intelligent animals. We have to learn about and develop models — inspired by a more holistic sense of the human being — that can explain behavior. These models don’t currently exist. “”Focusing on economic activity at the local level allows a population to learn to modernize collectively and in a consultative manner so that values the community holds dear are not sacrificed by blindly adopting external models,” stated Dr. Fazli. “An active process of learning is under way at the level of villages and localities as they apply certain economic and spiritual principles with the aim of achieving prosperity in the whole sense of the word. This is a process that can gain in strength day after day. ”
(photos: Shirin Mahalati, Some 150 faculty)

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“State of Global Islamic Economy Report 2015/2016”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 ottobre 2015

torinoTorino 19 e 20 ottobre 2015 nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi. Secondo lo “State of Global Islamic Economy Report 2015/2016” di Thomson Reuters, l’economia Islamica riguarda più di 1.7 miliardi di musulmani nel mondo. Dal 2014 la Città di Torino, in partnership con Università di Torino, Camera di Commercio di Torino e con il supporto tecnico di ASSAIF, si è concentrata sulle opportunità della finanza Islamica e su questo mercato in rapida crescita.La prima edizione del Turin Islamic Economic Forum – nel novembre 2014 – ha rappresentato per la città un evento internazionale che ha coinvolto oltre 450 delegati: stakeholder locali hanno avuto l’opportunità di incontrare i più importanti attori della finanza e dell’economia appartenenti a paesi Islamici operanti a livello mondiale. In seguito – il 28 luglio 2015 – Torino ha ospitato la tavola rotonda sul Modest Fashion organizzata in collaborazione con Thomson Reuters, Dubai Chamber e Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre. Una giornata di dibattito in cui 71 operatori italiani e internazionali della moda si sono confrontati sulle sfide cruciali e le opportunità del Modest Fashion a livello globale.La seconda edizione del TIEF – in programma il 19 e 20 ottobre 2015 nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi – è focalizzata sulla connessione tra finanza e attività economiche produttive. Per questo motivo l’agenda è strutturata su tre argomenti portanti, Finanza/Cibo/Moda: 53 relatori italiani e internazionali distribuiti in 7 sessioni tematiche, potenzieranno i risultati raggiunti dal TIEF 2014.
Il primo giorno, lunedì 19 ottobre, si parlerà del ruolo che istituzioni pubbliche (Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre e Camere di Commercio di Torino e Italiana negli Emirati) e private (Fondazione CRT) possono svolgere per lo sviluppo della finanza Islamica. Il dibattito proseguirà sul mercato dei capitali islamici: una sessione di rilievo con la partecipazione di Abayomi A. Alawode della Banca Mondiale e il lancio in anteprima dello studio AIAF sui Sukuk italiani. Il dottor Giustiniani (responsabile del “Gruppo Finanza Islamica” dell’AIAF) presenterà anche il caso del possibile uso di questo strumento da parte di autorità municipali.
Il pomeriggio, invece, sarà dedicato al tema alimentare: Thomson Reuters presenterà i risultati del Report appena pubblicato al Global Islamic Economy Summit di Dubai e due Enti Certificatori Italiani si confronteranno con aziende italiane (Sebaste, Il Granaio delle Idee, ABIT, RF Cosmetici, Gruppo Vercelli) e internazionali (Truebell Dubai).
E’ affidato ai relatori della seconda giornata, martedì 20 ottobre, lo sviluppo in Italia dell’Islamic retail banking, ovvero dell’offerta di servizi di base con testimonianze della britannica Alrayan Bank, Banca d’Italia e ABI, e l’intervento di Sevket Can Tulumen (Musiad e Istanbul CCIAA) che parlerà di crowdfunding.La Sessione sul Fashion, moderata da Alia Khan (IFDC – Islamic Fashion Design Council), analogamente a quella sul Cibo, è introdotta da Thomson Reuters Dubai che – insieme alla sociologa turca Neslihan Cevik – aprirà il dibattito tra aziende italiane del calibro di Miroglio e Cavalli e internazionali come Modanisa, Hasema e Louella il marchio fondato da Ibtihaj Muhammad, campionessa della nazionale americana di scherma.Concluderanno l’evento rappresentanti dell’università e giovani imprenditori.
Il professore Paolo Biancone modererà la sessione tra professori italiani e stranieri sulle frontiere della finanza islamica nel mondo accademico. Cristina Tumiatti, Presidente Giovani Imprenditori dell’Unione Industriale di Torino, presenterà il punto di vista e l’esperienza dei giovani italiani che si sono accostati a questo mercato.
Durante la due giorni, nell’Aula Magna del Campus Luigi Einaudi, si potranno ammirare le opere di arte calligrafica islamica di Shamira Minozzi, apprezzata artista veneziana fautrice del dialogo tra le culture.L’appuntamento con la finanza islamica proseguirà mercoledì 21 ottobre alla Fondazione CRT in via XX Settembre 31. Nella ‘Sala Consiglio di Indirizzo’ sarà ospitato l’incontro “Islamic Modes of Financing and Islamic Multilateral Banks: a Key for the Development of Young Entrepreneurship” introdotto e moderato da Alberto Brugnoni (Founder and Managing Partner – ASSAIF) e dedicato ai giovani imprenditori sociali del progetto di Fondazione CRT e United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in collaborazione con collaborazione con MAE Entrepreneurs for Social Change.
Il TIEF 2015 è organizzato dalla Città di Torino in partnership con l’Università di Torino e la Camera di Commercio di Torino, in collaborazione con ASSAIF.

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Sharing economy a Bruxelles

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2015

Bruxelles“A Bruxelles si discuterà di “sharing economy”, grazie ad un documento presentato dall’Italia (relatrice Benedetta Brighenti) che sarà sottoposto al vaglio della plenaria del Comitato delle Regioni Ue di dicembre.
“Ottima iniziativa, quello che serve è un’armonizzazione delle legislazioni nazionali a livello europeo, per evitare che la sharing economy sia ostacolata” ha dichiarato Massimiliano Dona, Segretario dell’Unione Nazionale Consumatori.
“Vicende come quelle di Uber pop, bloccata in Italia dai giudici con il cavillo che la normativa attuale, vecchia ed antidiluviana, non la contempla, dimostrano che le legislazioni nazionali vanno aggiornate ai tempi moderni. Ma le varie lobby imperanti, come quella dei tassisti, ostacolano il rinnovamento sia a livello nazionale che regionale, che comunale. Impossibile da anni, ad esempio, aumentare il numero dei tassisti in circolazione. Ecco perché l’Europa può rappresentare l’unica via per modernizzare il nostro Paese” ha concluso Dona.

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Japan’s weak climate emission cuts threaten global climate deal – Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2015

climate_changeJapan’s government today confirmed a weak 26 percent cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2013 as its contribution to climate change negotiation in Paris later this year. The figure represents a mere 18% reduction from 1990 levels, one of the weakest targets of any industrialised nation. Ai Kashiwagi, Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace Japan, said:“Prime Minister Abe will fail to meet even this abysmally weak climate target, and his fantasy energy policy with its reliance on expensive and dangerous nuclear energy won’t help. While much of the world is rapidly speeding towards a renewable energy future, Prime Minister Abe is standing in the way. The failure of his energy policy will instead lock Japan into a future of massive emissions, energy insecurity, and 20th century fossil fuel dependency.”“The Japanese government remains committed to a nuclear and fossil fuel economy, but the reality is that Japan has the potential to generate 56% of its electricity from renewables by 2030, which would reduce carbon emissions. Japan needs an ambitious, binding climate target, and an energy policy that will allow us to meet it,” said Kashiwagi.

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Diversity Improvement as a Viable Enrichment Resource for the Society and the Economy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 maggio 2015

universita-cattolicaMilano 1 giugno 2015, in Università Cattolica (Aula PioXI) si svolgerà, l’International Final Conference del Progetto Diverse.DIVERSE ha l’obiettivo di “svecchiare” il modello europeo di integrazione, ancora prigioniero della figura del “lavoratore ospite”, trasformando la diversità da problema da gestire in risorsa strategica per lo sviluppo economico e sociale delle società europee. Il progetto Diverse – Diversity Improvement as a Viable Enrichment Resource for Society and Economy”, co-finanziato dal Fondo Europeo d’Integrazione e coordinato dal centro di ricerca WWELL dell’Università Cattolica di Milano (con la direzione scientifica della prof.ssa Laura Zanfrini, Ordinario di Sociologia delle migrazioni e della convivenza interetnica alla Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali) è stato realizzato in collaborazione con 14 partners in 10 paesi europei: Estonia, Finlandia, Germania, Italia, Paesi Bassi, Polonia, Portogallo, Spagna, Svezia e Ungheria.Le presentazioni saranno in lingua italiana e inglese, con traduzione simultanea.

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The new climate economy

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 maggio 2015

climate_changeMercoledì 20 maggio 2015 (ore 10:00, Aula Magna “Giovanni Paolo II”), in collaborazione con il Pontificio Consiglio di Giustizia e Pace, il World Resource Institute, The New Climate Economy e l’Ambasciata del Regno dei Paesi Bassi presso la Santa Sede, l’Università ospita la Conferenza sul tema The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability can go Hand in Hand. L’iniziativa è organizzata in vista della pubblicazione dell’enciclica di Papa Francesco sui temi dell’ecologia, prevista per il mese di giugno, e vuole essere occasione di riflessione sul recente The New Climate Economy Report, dal quale emerge che “gli obiettivi di miglioramento delle prestazioni economiche e la riduzione dei rischi climatici sono complementari”. Tra i partecipanti alla conferenza, i Cardinali Peter Turkson, presidente del Pontificio Consiglio di Giustizia e Pace, e Donald Wuerl, Arcivescovo di Washington, Felipe Calderón, presidente della Global Commission on Economy and Climate, Paul Polman, amministratore delegato di Unilever eJeremy Oppenheim, direttore diMcKinsey & Co.

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Spread Betting Tools: Use an Economic Calendar to Plan Your Trades

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 maggio 2012

London (PRNewswire) The financial markets can be an intimidating place for aspiring traders, with many often struggling to understand why the financial markets move the way they do, and what makes a good trading opportunity. Fortunately, financial spread betting provider Finspreads offers a free monthly economic calendar to help new traders learn the ropes of the financial markets without having to make costly mistakes first.
Here’s an overview of some key events that financial traders, including spread bettors, should keep an eye on before taking a position on the markets:
The Non-Farm Payrolls (NFPs) are a monthly figure released by the US Labor Department and indicate the number of paid employees working in the nation’s business and government establishments.The employment rate, another survey released along with the NFPs, indicates the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the US labour force.Both figures are released as part of a single report in the US on the third Friday of every month, and are considered a vital indicator used to measure the economic health of the US.
GDP or Gross Domestic Product measures the monetary value of all finished goods and services produced within a particular country, by both the private and public sectors, for a specific period of time.GDP figures are measure a country’s economic growth. A positive GDP reading indicates strong growth, and would therefore have a positive impact on the markets, while a negative reading often causes pessimism among investors, triggering a sell-off.
The CPI, or consumer price index, is one of the most popular indicators used to measure inflation in a country’s economy.

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Microsoft Joins Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium, Which Aims to Break Down Memory Wall

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 maggio 2012

Boise, Idaho and SAN JOSE, Calif.(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC), led by Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced that Microsoft Corp. has joined the consortium. The HMCC is a collaboration of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), enablers and integrators who are cooperating to develop and implement an open interface standard for an innovative new memory technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). Micron and Samsung, the initial developing members of the HMCC, are working closely with Altera, IBM, Open-Silicon, Xilinx and now Microsoft to accelerate widespread industry adoption of HMC technology.The technology will enable highly efficient memory solutions for applications ranging from industrial products to high-performance computing and large-scale networking. The HMCC’s team of developers plans to deliver a draft interface specification to a growing number of “adopters” that are joining the consortium. Then, the combined team of developers and adopters will refine the draft and release a final interface specification at the end of this year.Adopter membership in the HMCC is available to any company interested in joining the consortium and participating in the specification development. The HMCC has responded to interest from more than 75 prospective adopters.As envisioned, HMC capabilities will leap beyond current and near-term memory architectures in the areas of performance, packaging and power efficiencies, offering a major shift from present memory technology. By opening new doors for developers, manufacturers and architects, the consortium is committed to making HMC a new standard in high-performance memory technology.
One of the primary challenges facing the industry — and a key motivation for forming the HMCC — is that the memory bandwidth required by high-performance computers and next-generation networking equipment has increased beyond what conventional memory architectures can provide. The term “memory wall” has been used to describe this dilemma. Breaking through the memory wall requires architecture such as the HMC that can provide increased density and bandwidth at significantly reduced power consumption.
Founded by leading members of the world’s semiconductor community, the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) is dedicated to the development and establishment of an industry-standard interface specification for the Hybrid Memory Cube technology. Members of the consortium presently include Micron, Samsung, Altera, Open-Silicon, Xilinx, IBM and Microsoft. More than75 prospective adopters are exploring consortium membership. To learn more about the HMCC, visit http://www.hybridmemorycube.org.

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Mexican president, Felipe Calderón, gives out prizes of recognition to successful social enterprises

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 dicembre 2011

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente de México.

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In 2004, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda started working with a group of 30 women from the community La Colgada as part of a programme to develop sustainable skills for women, which was supported by INMUJERES. In 2007 they established the cooperative society: “Embroidery with Nature Motifs”. La Colgada is a typical rural Mexican community which sees most fathers and sons migrate to the United States for economic reasons. This project has been essential in improving the women’s self-esteem and affirmation which has in turn built a healthier and more united home. Their children now have another example to follow; migrating is no longer the only option of having a secure home in La Colgada. These women have shown that it is possible to create a successful business without breaking up the family. In 2010, “Embroidery with Nature Motifs” proved its success when they received their first order for MXN$ 178,000 to export to Spain (El Corte Inglés). They worked extremely hard and they even had to take out a loan, which they have already paid back, to be able to accomplish the production.
On 26th November 2011, Mexican president, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, distributed prizes of recognition to ten successful social enterprises that participated in the 2011 XIV National Winter FONAES Fair. They stood out because of their level of quality and product and service variety. “Embroidery with Nature Motifs” was one of the social enterprises given recognition.The Economy Secretary, Bruno Ferrari, confirmed that the best way to combat inequality is not to give subsidies or handouts but to create more enterprises that generate more and better jobs.
This year’s selected enterprises went through an evaluation process and stood out because of their sales’ volume, reach into the market, client increase, corporate image improvements, jobs generated and training received for developing managerial and business skills.

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Primo aeromobile Continental Airlines

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 novembre 2011

Boeing 767-400ER, fleet of Continental Airline...

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United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL) ha annunciato che il primo aeromobile Continental Airlines dotato di posti Economy Plus è entrato in esercizio, mettendo a disposizione dei passeggeri di Continental oltre 10 centimetri di spazio supplementare per le gambe nelle prime file della cabina Economy. L’aeromobile, un Boeing 767-400, disporrà inoltre di nuove poltrone flat-bed in BusinessFirst e di nuovi monitor touch screen, posizionati sullo schienale della poltrona antecedente, in Economy. L’aeromobile sarà anche il primo della flotta Continental a mettere a disposizione l’apprezzatissimo “Channel 9”, un canale collegato con il controllo del traffico aereo. I passeggeri di entrambe le cabine disporranno inoltre di un avanzato sistema audio/video on demand e di presa di corrente integrata su ciascuna poltrona. “La fusione di United e Continental è un’opportunità straordinaria di creare una compagnia con prodotti e servizi di qualità che i passeggeri apprezzino e per i quali siano disposti a pagare”, ha dichiarato Jim Compton, Executive Vice President e Chief Revenue Officer di United Continental Holdings. “I passeggeri di United che viaggiano in Economy Plus ci raccontano costantemente che sono più soddisfatti della loro esperienza di viaggio, e siamo entusiasti di estendere questa opzione a un maggior numero di passeggeri della nuova United”. United ha introdotto Economy Plus nel 1999. Oggi, la compagnia mette a disposizione questi posti con spazio supplementare per le gambe su tutti gli aeromobili mainline e su oltre 150 tra i più grandi jet regionali di United Express. Quando la compagnia avrà terminato l’installazione di Economy Plus sugli aeromobili Continental e sugli aeromobili regionali Q400, la flotta della nuova United disporrà di oltre 40.000 posti Economy Plus, garantendo ogni giorno ai passeggeri oltre 122.000 posti di classe Economy con spazio extra per le gambe, più di qualsiasi altra compagnia al mondo. I passeggeri con status Elite nei programmi frequent flyer MileagePlus di United e OnePass di Continental possono confermare, quando disponibile, l’assegnazione gratuita di un posto Economy Plus. I passeggeri possono acquistare un posto Economy Plus su aeromobili United e United Express tramite il sito united.com, tramite unaddetto alle prenotazioni o mentre effettuano il check-in, sia on-line che in aeroporto. I passeggeri prenotati su voli Continental che propongono Economy Plus possono acquistare questa tipologia di posto, se disponibile, in fase di check in. Nel 2012, quando la compagnia avrà riequipaggiato un maggior numero di aeromobili Continental, i passeggeri potranno acquistare posti Economy Plus su voli operati da Continental sia on-line che tramite un addetto alle prenotazioni. L’estensione di Economy Plus agli aeromobili Continental è parte del piano di investimento di oltre 550 milioni di dollari che la compagnia ha varato per miglioramenti al prodotto di bordo e che prevede l’introduzione di nuove poltrone flat-bed nelle cabine premium, di cappelliere più capienti e di migliorate opzioni di intrattenimento. Le nuove poltrone flat-bed sono oggi disponibili su oltre 125 aeromobili. Inoltre, più di 160 aeromobili dispongono diUnited Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) è la società holding sia per United Airlines che per Continental Airlines. Insieme a United Express, Continental Express e Continental Connection, queste compagnie operano in media 5.675 voli al giorno verso 372 aeroporti in 6 continenti dai loro hub di Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo e Washington. D.C. United e Continental sono membri di Star Alliance, che mette a disposizione 21.200 voli al giorno verso 1.185 aeroporti in 185 paesi. United e Continental hanno dipendenti (oltre 80.000 in totale) residenti in ciascuno degli stati degli Stati Uniti e in molte nazioni del mondo. Ulteriori informazioni su United Continental Holdings, Inc. sono disponibili sul sito UnitedContinentalHoldings.com.

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We can’t wait

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 ottobre 2011

Now that each and every Senate Republican has vowed to block measures that would create jobs, President Obama is not going to wait for them to rebuild the economy and bring financial security back to the middle class.Today, he announced new rules on federal mortgages to prevent more families from losing their homes to foreclosure. And that’s just the beginning — the President said he would continue to make the changes he can by executive action, while continuing to urge Congress to act on legislation to strengthen the economy and create jobs. If Congress doesn’t act, he will — because millions of Americans can’t just wait for Congress to do their jobs. That’s why thousands of you have been calling and tweeting your representatives over the past month, joining the President in sending a message to lawmakers in Washington that they need to act now.We’re not just going to continue to wait — and we’ll be keeping up the pressure by making sure they’re hearing from folks across the country every day about why they need to act. Will you share your story — and join President Obama in telling Congress that we can’t and won’t wait?Republicans in Congress have repeatedly filibustered the President’s ideas to create jobs now — ideas that until recently were supported by Republicans. The President’s action today also stands in stark contrast to the positions of the Republicans running for president. Mitt Romney even told a newspaper last week that we actually shouldn’t act; we should let the housing crisis “run its course” and “hit the bottom” so that “investors” can come in and buy up these homes at cheap prices. He’s saying to homeowners that they are on their own, forcing thousands of families to explain to their kids why they have to give up their homes.
Doing nothing while families struggle: that’s the opposite of what this president and this campaign stand for. President Obama isn’t going to let Congress’ inaction stop him from doing what he can right now.So here’s what the President’s announcement means:More families whose homes are under water will get help and save money on their monthly mortgage payment through the Home Affordable Refinance Programs. If the value of your mortgage is $100,000 and your house is valued at $75,000, you previously weren’t able to refinance to save your home — forcing many families to pay higher interest rates. As a result of today’s announcement, many more responsible homeowners will be able to lower their rates and pay their debts. And this is just one of the incremental changes to come. Next, the President will announce new steps to help young people manage their federal student loan debt while they look for a job and get on their feet. He’ll also take action to help small businesses and entrepreneurs, spur the engines of job growth, create new jobs, and assist veterans in finding them.These measures alone are not a comprehensive solution to the economic challenges we face. That needs to come out of Congress — and if they’re going to finally put party aside, they’re going to need to keep hearing from us. President Obama is stepping up the pressure, and he’s counting on us to keep going, too. Get the President’s back and keep the heat on Congress — tell your story of why we can’t wait any longer.(James Kvaal)

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Innovation and Technology Can Help Revitalize Economies

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 ottobre 2011

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Moscow, A new World Bank report released Monday in Moscow, Igniting Innovation: Rethinking the Role of Government in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, calls on the region to take dramatic steps to position itself closer to the scientific and technological frontiers and regain the lead in regional or even global settings. Innovation and technology absorption are widely recognized as main sources of economic growth for emerging and advanced economies alike. Governments can play an important role in bringing innovation and technology to markets in Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA), but badly designed or badly implemented government interventions can further hamper the development of an innovative and entrepreneurial culture among businesses and research communities, says the report. As such, it is vital for governments to choose the right policies and country examples to follow rather than implementing innovation support measures which do not suit the country context. For example, lessons accumulated from supporting innovation in new EU member states have helped to design new context-specific methodologies and innovation strategies, which will be implemented at the regional level in Russia.
The region has a tradition of excellence in learning and basic research which can provide the base for future commercial innovation. However, going from a strong research foundation to economically productive commercial applications remains a critical missing link. The legacy of central planning has yet to be fully resolved, as many of the public research and development (R&D) institutes are still operating as standalone entities, often disconnected from the realities of the markets. The new report explores ways in which governments can build on the region’s strong research foundation to support commercialization. It analyzes four aspects of the innovation system – international collaboration, research and development institutions, government financial support instruments, and the investment climate – and concludes that the following steps are necessary for igniting innovation in ECA:
• Supporting the collaboration of local researchers and foreign inventors—and attracting foreign R&D investment. To enhance integration into the global R&D community, governments should support local co-inventors in obtaining international patent protection before they negotiate the ownership of their joint patents with their western co-inventors.
• Restructuring research and development institutes. To better focus R&D and commercialize its outputs, policymakers should ensure that international structures, funding and governance focus on the real potential of each organization and the local and global demand for their outputs.
• Rethinking financial support instruments. To promote risk-taking and stimulate markets for private risk capital, policymakers should evaluatesupport instruments and develop new ones based on international good practices—such as matching grants, minigrants, loans, and venture capital.
• Facilitating trade, FDI and entrepreneurial start-ups and spinoffs. For reforms in innovation to make a difference, governments need to improve the ease of doing business in ECA in measurable ways—with a special emphasis on those aspects that are vital for FDI, start-ups and spinoffs, such as starting a business, protecting investors, and getting credit and enforcing contracts.
The World Bank has accumulated a substantial amount of operational and analytical experience in the region, including technical assistance projects that are currently being prepared in Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania. The Bank’s work with the Croatian government in developing and implementing its new comprehensive science and technology policy is one example of how the Bank applied its experience in implementation and monitoring of innovation projects for success. The results and recommendations offered by the report are intended to contribute to the discussion about the role of government in innovation policy, and how to make innovation and technology adoption a central part of the development and growth strategies of post-transition countries.

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The economist: This week was an historic one

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 agosto 2010

China officially became the world’s second-biggest economy, overtaking Japan. In the West this has prompted concerns about China overtaking the United States sooner than previously thought. In our cover leader, though, we stand back a little farther and apply a more Asian perspective. The contest of this century, we argue, will probably be between China and India. Demography is not destiny, but as the years roll forward, the chances are that it will increasingly come down once again to the two Asian giants facing each other over a disputed border. How China and India manage their own relationship will determine whether similar mistakes to those that scarred the 20th century disfigure this one.  A Republican who can beat Obama? Mitch Daniels and the case for pragmatic centrism. Helping Pakistan Outsiders’ cautious reaction to the disaster this far is less heartless than it seems. But now is the time to help Space junk What to do about orbiting debris The strange success of Government Motors Or why the American president is not a socialist Behold BHP Billiton, business behemoth Why the mining giant has done so well (the economist)

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The Palestinian economy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 giugno 2010

Pavia 15 e 16 giugno 2010 Aula Volta – Università di Pavia Il convegno  è il risultato di un lavoro di ricerca avviato nel 2005 e portato avanti da economisti Italiani e Palestinesi che presenta il risultato finale di un progetto di ricerca FIRB finanziato dal MIUR e coordinato dai dipartimenti di Economia Politica e metodi quantitativi in collaborazione con il dipartimento di Economia pubblica dell’Università di Pavia.  Partecipano al convegno, oltre al Direttore generale per l’internazionalizzazione della Ricerca del MIUR, Mario Alì, e al Presidente del CICOPS dell’Università di Pavia, Gianni Vaggi, docenti delle università palestinesi e delle università di Siena e Bologna, coinvolte nel progetto. Il progetto è stato recentemente discusso dal Rettore dell’Università di Pavia Angiolino Stella, nel corso della recente visita in Palestina, presso le Università di Nablus e Betlemme, oltre che presso le strutture della Cooperazione italiana a Gerusalemme; e sarà presentato a Betlemme il prossimo 22 giugno, nel corso di un analogo convegno.

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Tourism and Mega-Events in South Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 marzo 2010

Madrid (Spain) South Africa as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup set the ideal stage for UNWTO/South Africa inaugural Summit on Tourism, Sport and Mega Events (Johannesburg, 24-26 February). The summit, attended by some 450 delegates, from 35 countries, provided a first-of-its-kind platform for best practice and knowledge sharing towards mega-events excellence. Recognizing the value of tourism to the economy, the President of South Africa, H.E. Jacob Zuma highlighted in his opening address that “Tourism is as a key sector to boost the country’s growing economy. It has a huge potential for job creation, it is a driver of infrastructure investment and beneficiary of large public infrastructure investment. Tourism is a key generator of foreign exchanges and a social and environmental champion in our economy. The Summit took place at a critical time as 2010 is set to be a year of exceptional sport and cultural events around the world such as the Winter Olympic Games in Canada, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa; the World Exhibition in Shanghai, China and the Commonwealth Games in India.

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