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Italy Ranks 33rd in Net Impact on Global Innovation, ITIF Finds in Worldwide Analysis

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 gennaio 2016

washingtonWASHINGTON—Italy ranks 33rd in how its domestic policies support worldwide innovation, according to an analysis released by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a global technology policy think tank. The findings come in a new report assessing 56 countries—which together comprise close to 90 percent of the world’s economy—on the extent to which, on a per-capita basis, their economic and trade policies contribute to and detract from innovation globally.“Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice president for global innovation. “As countries increasingly vie for leadership in the innovation economy, they can implement policies that try to benefit only themselves but harm the production of innovation in the rest of the world. Or they can implement ‘win-win’ policies that bolster their own innovation capacity while also generating positive spillovers for the entire global economy. For innovation to flourish around the world, we need a system that is doing much more of the latter.” While previous research has ranked countries based on innovation capabilities or outcomes, this report is the first to assess the impact of countries’ policies on the broader innovation system. The authors examined 14 factors that not only support innovation domestically but have positive spillover effects globally, such as supportive tax systems and investment in R&D and human capital, and another 13 factors that have negative spillover effects, such as forced localization and weak intellectual property protection. Italy’s 33rd-place overall ranking reflected a combination of policies that the report found to be 18th worst in their positive contribution to the global innovation ecosystem and also the 25th least damaging. The report also found a strong correlation between countries’ contributions to global innovation and their levels of domestic innovation success, meaning that doing well domestically on innovation policy can also mean doing well for the world. “While policymakers are primarily focused on the interests of their own citizens, they usually overlook the fact that adopting policies that also happen to be good for the global innovation ecosystem will compound the benefits for their citizens,” said Robert D. Atkinson, ITIF’s president and a co-author of the report. “’Innovation altruism’ really does pay.”he report argues nations should undertake a series of policies to improve their impacts on worldwide innovation:
-First, ITIF urges policymakers, economists, and pundits to treat innovation as important as trade for optimizing global growth.
-Second, the report calls on the global development and trade community to establish a framework that better distinguishes between policies that are beneficial for the world’s innovation ecosystem and those that are detrimental. Moreover, policymakers need to push back more strongly against the misguided, but popular, perspective that developed nation innovation comes at the expense of developing nation economies and that because of that, the world needs a strategy for redistributing innovation, rather than growing it.
-Finally, ITIF argues leading nations should establish a Global Science and Innovation Foundation to fund scientific and engineering research on key global challenges, particularly through collaborative international research.
“The world is significantly under-producing innovation that is needed to tackle global challenges, including boosting productivity, improving health, and protecting the environment,” Atkinson said. “Policymakers need to better understand and more aggressively push back when countries try to advance their own interests at the expense of global innovation. The world’s leaders need to articulate a more robust vision of commonly shared prosperity based on substantial increases in worldwide productivity and more innovative products and services.”

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Global Travel and Tourism leaders’ statement on the recent terrorist attacks

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 novembre 2015

montrealThe leaders of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), meeting in Montreal on the occasion of the 2015 ICAO World Aviation Forum, condemn the terror attacks in recent days and weeks and extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the victims affected by such senseless violence. Our thoughts are with them at this terrible time.Terrorism is a global threat that can only be addressed through the strong and concerted efforts of the world’s governments and the international community.The Travel & Tourism sector recalls that security is a prerequisite for tourism and therefore the sector is fully available to cooperate with governments to include tourism representatives from the public and private sectors in national security planning and implementation structures and procedures. Our sector is fully available to apply its experience to work even closer with governments around the world to develop the appropriate response and recovery plans for the sector where necessary.

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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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Travel & Tourism leaders welcomes UN Global Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 settembre 2015

Ttourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.cahe leaders of the major Global Travel and Tourism associations have welcomed the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which represents the leading public and private bodies in the Travel and Tourism sector, attests to the global importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of the Travel & Tourism sectors in their realisation.
Speaking on behalf of GTAC, David Scowsill, President of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said:“Travel & Tourism is a sector which collectively contributes nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. Over one billion people cross international borders each year, a number expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, while at the same time, billions more travel domestically. This is a sector which will play a very significant role in making progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.“Like the Sustainable Development Goals themselves, the Travel & Tourism sector is global and action-oriented. It consists of millions of companies – from the smallest hostel to the largest airline – which together forge an industry which encourages sustainable economic growth, creates jobs, promotes opportunities across society and alleviates poverty.“Travel & Tourism has the potential to contribute directly or indirectly to all of the goals. In particular, as one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world, Travel & Tourism is well-positioned to foster economic growth and create jobs throughout the world to meet Goal #1 “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. In particular, tourism has been included as a specific target in Goals #8, #12 and #14 on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, sustainable consumption and production and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources.
“The Sustainable Development Goals will play a major role in framing our world for the next generation. The Global Travel Association Coalition, representing the major public and private bodies in the Travel & Tourism industry, welcomes their adoption and the part that our sector will play in making them a reality.”

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New global and regional population estimates and projections presented by the United Nations

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 luglio 2015

Onu palaceNew York Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 11:00 a.m. EDT S-237, UN Headquarters. Press briefing by Mr. John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), Mr. François Pelletier, Chief, Population Estimates and Projections Section, Population Division, UN DESA and Moderator: Ms. Francyne Harrigan, Chief, Development Section, UN Department of Public Information presenting the latest population estimates and projections: “World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision”. The report published by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides a comprehensive review of worldwide demographic trends and future prospects. This information is essential to understand the progress achieved by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to guide policies aimed at achieving the new sustainable development agenda. Data presented incudes new estimates and projections for the world’s population from 1950 to the end of the century, along with new figures for country populations, and new estimates and projections for fertility, life expectancy, and net migration at global, regional and country levels.

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Global Female Leaders 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2015

berlinoBerlin. “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.“ The author of this quotation, the Nobel Prize winner in Literature Saul Bellow, would have been a welcomed guest at the international conference “Global Female Leaders Summit 2015”. According to the motto “Connect. Explore. Co-Create“ female decision makers from all over the world meet at the economic summit mainly targeted at female managers in order to expand their international contacts, build new networks, exchange experiences and also to function as role models for young women. Thus, the conference organised by the Management Circle AG sends a clear message at the time when women are still underrepresented in executive positions throughout the world.
During the two and a half day summit from 20 to 22 April 2015 high-calibre expert panel as well as keynote speakers will discuss topics that are equally relevant to female and male managers.

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Dimension Data ottiene la certificazione Top Employers a livello globale

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 marzo 2015

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Dimension Data, fornitore di servizi e soluzioni IT con un fatturato di 6,7 miliardi di dollari, ha oggi annunciato di aver ricevuto la certificazione che la classifica tra i primi cinque datori di lavoro al mondo per le eccezionali condizioni lavorative offerte, sulla base di una ricerca annuale indipendente a cura di Top Employers Institute. I severi criteri utilizzati per la valutazione delle aziende prese in esame comprendono gestione dei talenti, leadership, formazione e sviluppo e iniziative per attirare, conservare e stimolare le capacità dei dipendenti.”La nostra approfondita analisi ha decretato che Dimension Data Global può entrare a far parte di un gruppo selezionato di aziende che promuovono le più eccellenti condizioni di lavoro a livello mondiale e che si prendono cura in modo esemplare dei propri collaboratori in tutto il mondo. A seguito della certificazione Top Employers Europe 2015, Dimension Data può considerarsi a pieno titolo una tra le migliori aziende al mondo per quanto riguarda le risorse umane”, ha dichiarato Judith Oude Sogtoen, responsabile della sezione International Business Development del Top Employers Institute. Brett Dawson, CEO del Gruppo Dimension Data, ha dichiarato: “Siamo molto orgogliosi di aver ricevuto questo riconoscimento e di esserci posizionati tra le prime cinque aziende al mondo per il nostro approccio HR. L’obiettivo di Dimension Data è fare la differenza: innanzitutto per i clienti e i nostri preziosi collaboratori estremamente competenti, ma anche per i nostri azionisti e le società del gruppo. Questo titolo conferma la validità della nostra filosofia di investimento nello sviluppo del personale, che oggi conta 26.000 dipendenti, un obiettivo su cui continueremo a concentrarci per favorire la crescita personale e professionale delle nostre persone”. Marilyn Chaplin, Group Executive di Dimension Data per le Risorse Umane, ha aggiunto: “All’interno di un panorama IT sempre più competitivo, Dimension Data può vantare una chiara strategia per attirare, motivare, sviluppare e trattenere competenze in tutte le aree dell’azienda. Il nostro innovativo programma contribuisce a reclutare e a trattenere i giovani talenti, mentre il nostro Leadership Forum globale offre un approccio multilivello a sostegno dello sviluppo continuo dei nostri manager”.”Gli investimenti realizzati nei confronti dei nostri dipendenti hanno permesso di valorizzare il loro talento e di offrire loro un continuo aggiornamento tecnologico. Ogni collaboratore può accedere a una piattaforma di formazione di alto livello basata sul cloud che permette di usufruire delle opportunità formative più aggiornate. Credo che la cultura vincente che abbiamo creato rappresenti uno dei patrimoni più importanti dell’azienda e che contribuisca concretamente a fare di Dimension Data un luogo di lavoro eccellente”. A febbraio, Dimension Data Europe aveva ottenuto la certificazione Top Employers 2015 Europe in sette paesi europei tra cui Italia, Belgio, Francia,Germania, Paesi Bassi, Svizzera e Regno Unito grazie al proprio impegno nello sviluppo del proprio personale che oggi conta 4.500 dipendenti.
Fondata nel 1983, Dimension Data è un fornitore di servizi e soluzioni ICT e, grazie alle proprie competenze tecnologiche, alla capacità di operare su scala globale ed al proprio orientamento all’innovazione, aiuta ad accelerare le ambizioni di business dei propri clienti. (foto:

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Materialise Expands i.materialise Online Platform through Franchise Agreement with UCT

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 dicembre 2014

singapore-marinaSingapore. Last Thursday marked the signing of a franchise agreement between Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) and UCT (NASDAQ: UCTT), which will enable UCT to bring the i.materialise 3D Printing platform to South East Asia and further expand the reach of 3D printing into traditional manufacturing markets. The agreement was signed in the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Astrid, Representative of His Majesty, the King of Belgium, on the occasion of an economic mission in the region.
The franchise agreement links Materialise, a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing software and of sophisticated 3D Printing solutions in the medical, industrial and consumer markets to UCT a global, vertically integrated contract manufacturing provider of high quality, broad-based manufacturing capabilities. The partnership enables both companies to expand the reach of 3D printing into the traditional outsource manufacturing sector. The collaboration with UCT catapults the growth of the already successful i.materialise 3D Printing platform into South East Asia. UCT will use their Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore to bring production closer to users in the region. The service will be available in Q1, 2015.
“i.materialise is dedicated to helping people to materialise their ideas, and in a way that’s what this franchise agreement is doing — giving even more creative individuals the possibility to turn their dreams into 3D reality,” Wim Michiels, Executive Vice President, Materialise says. “Additive Manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize how things are designed, made and distributed, and can truly contribute to the realization of a better and healthier world. I see this collaboration with UCT as a great opportunity to bring quality 3D printing, and the benefits it enables, closer to home in South East Asia.”
Lavi Lev, Senior Vice President, UCT Asia stated “UCT strives to bring the newest manufacturing solutions to our broad base of customers. We believe offering the i.materialise 3D Printing Platform through our new and expanded Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore will offer our customers manufacturing choices previously unavailable to them. Our customers can confidently entrust their product to two companies who offer over 50 years of combined excellence and innovation. Furthermore, we are grateful to do this in a region that offers a stable business environment, a rich pool of talent and a government that enthusiastically supports advanced manufacturing technologies.” Worldwide, people are discovering the wonder of 3D printing, as well as the unique challenges and needs that come with the territory. To help these people get the most out of 3D printing, the i.materialise online platform offers an entire range of solutions and services that go beyond just the 3D printing of designs. Designers, students, inventors and everyday consumers who want to create something unique can utilize the online service to produce their own products and, if they desire, share their products with and even offer them for sale to others through the platform.

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Ukraine crisis highlights fears of global nuclear proliferation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 maggio 2014

UkraineUNITED States President Barack Obama declared in 2009, that America’s nuclear strategy would include a commitment to ‘Global Zero’ – a multinational cooperative effort dedicated to the voluntary elimination of nuclear weapons. However, claims that Russia has violated previous nuclear agreements have soured interest on additional arms control cooperation with Moscow in the US Congress, writes World Review author Dr James Jay Carafano, the Heritage Foundation, US.‘The loss of momentum for ‘nuclear zero’ will probably be exacerbated by the current crisis in Ukraine,’ he says. ‘Not only has the confrontation between Washington and Moscow further poisoned any likelihood of additional arms control negotiations, but some countries will interpret the Russian annexation of Crimea as a strong cautionary argument against de-nuclearisation.’Additionally, the ongoing ‘final status’ talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France, plus Germany – are unlikely to stem concerns over further global proliferation. Even if a final agreement is signed, the steps Iran would be required to take are reversible.‘The deal would not address two other key components of the nuclear weapons programme – the development of a delivery vehicle and long-range ballistic missiles – or limit Iran’s ongoing collaboration with North Korea, potentially the world’s worst nuclear and missile technology proliferator,’ he says, adding that regional powers, including Saudi Arabia and Israel, will still fret over a potential Iranian nuclear breakout.‘Many believe both Turkey and Egypt would also contemplate establishing independent nuclear capabilities to match a nuclear-armed Iran,’ he says.  ‘The most likely, and most dangerous, proliferation scenario remains a cascading addition of new nuclear powers.

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Nobel Laureates contribute to IBA report and film on the global financial crisis and poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 novembre 2013

An in-depth report about the post-global financial crisis (GFC) effect on poverty, challenges in the aftermath of the GFC, and the role the law and lawyers can play in addressing this, has been published by the International Bar Association (IBA) Presidential Task Force on the Global Financial Crisis. It features the opinions of seminal contributors including four Nobel laureates – microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus; economists Amartya Sen, James Heckman and Joseph Stiglitz, former Chief Economist at the World Bank.Peter Maynard, IBA Task Force Chair, and co-editor of the Report commented, ‘Few contemporary issues are more pressing than one billion people living in poverty. This report is a brilliant first step for the IBA in dealing with that most urgent issue, and identifying how lawyers, through legal reform, can contribute to the sustainable development of the world economy and improve prosperity for people across the globe.’ He added, ‘It is particularly timely because the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is in 2015. So, discussion is now turning to what needs to be done post-2015.’The 14-chapter report entitled ‘Poverty, Justice and the Rule of Law’, explores ways for the global community to mitigate the effects of the GFC on the world’s poor. Agenda-setting thinkers, academics and leading lawyers from a wide range of practice areas including corporate social responsibility, labour law and employment, pro bono, access to justice, and human rights, contributed analysis and opinions. The focus of the Report goes beyond poverty in developing countries, to austerity measures taken during the global financial crisis in more developed economies.

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Ethernet to Tap New Synergies for Connected Cars, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2013

London, UK The need to integrate multiple consumer electronic devices into the car offering connected services and maintaining brand identity has led to a situation where original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shifting toward higher connectivity options, which could power prioritised and personalised services, catering to varied consumer needs. With the paradigm shift toward connected cars and associated services such as automotive-app stores and connected location based services, there is an ever-increasing need for higher data transfer bandwidths. Ethernet could serve as the backbone to the electronic architecture connecting domains and sub networks that require higher bandwidth and also cater to consumers’ need for connectivity.Frost & Sullivan (www.automotive.frost.com) estimates that the total number of Ethernet ports globally will reach 300 million by 2020. The number of nodes or ports is expected to range from more than 100 in luxury cars, 50–60 in mass market segment cars, and less than 10 nodes in entry level cars by 2020.“Ethernet could be the catalyst for bringing the automotive industry a step closer to connected vehicles,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst, Divya Krishnamurthy. “With its capability to simplify the networking architecture, higher uptake rates are expected in the near future.”The growth of electronics and growing number of control units has led to a complex EE architecture. Connectivity of sub networks and communication of control units require higher bandwidths. Car networks such as LIN, CAN, and FlexRay are not specified to cover the increasing demands for bandwidth and scalability.The bandwidth requirement for in-vehicle electronic applications, such as camera-assisted parking with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), lane departure warning systems, collision avoidance systems, and traffic light recognition is higher, in the range over 100Mbps. The number of nodes to be connected therefore is also higher. Most importantly, proven IP-based Ethernet technology enables OEMs to use a single-network platform by significantly reducing the connectivity cost and cabling weight. It is scalable and flexible enough to be used in multiple vehicle segments.
BMW AG, in partnership with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., will be the first OEM to commercialise the Ethernet for a 360-degree camera parking assist system for its X5, later in 2013. The German carmaker is expected to offer the same for other models in the future. Hyundai Motor Company is using Broadcom Corporation’s BroadR-Reach Ethernet technology to offer next-gen connected infotainment systems. Fiat Group Automobiles S.P.A has also signed a joint venture with Continental AG for its 500L model to bring in the Continental Infotainment System, which can be used as an advanced multimedia system.
Frost & Sullivan is currently working on a study focussing on Market Trends and Technical Developments Surrounding the Ethernet and In-vehicle Connectivity in Europe and North America. If you are interested in any further information on the research or would like to speak to Miss Krishnamurthy directly, please send an email to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com, with your full contact details.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

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KidZania’s Global Youth Unite to Create a Greener, Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 aprile 2012

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Construction in Mexico City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mexico City, (PRNewswire) KidZania, a global leader in children’s edutainment, today unveiled the Greener World Pledge, a formal online commitment to a healthier planet – uniting the world’s children. The Pledge was created using ideas submitted by kids from around the globe and is a key component of KidZ for a Greener World campaign, a multi-month, global celebration to amplify the importance of environmental stewardship and encourage kids to imagine, create, and unite for a Greener World. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/54848-kidzania-eco-friendly-nation-kidz-for-a-greener-world-earth-day-pledge KidZ for a Greener World, which launched on April 1, was born from the company’s mission to help kids create a better world. The program includes activities at KidZania’s 9 edutainment theme parks across the globe and rallies around two global celebrations: Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5). KidZania will collect pledge signatures in-park and online until June 5, when the global tally will be announced. KidZania believes that children can have a positive impact on the Earth no matter their age. As a global brand that inspires and empowers kids to be their best selves, KidZania invites kids to share their thoughts on how to take care of the earth. The Greener World Pledge represents a collection of the most practical and achievable ideas culled from kids from around the world, including: pick up stray trash, use both sides of the paper, turn off lights, and take shorter showers, among others.
“KidZ for a Greener World is helping to spark a global conversation among kids about the health of our planet, which transcends geographic boundaries and cultures,” said Xavier Lopez Ancona, president and founder of KidZania. “By signing the Greener World Pledge, we believe children will be inspired to make conscientious choices everyday to protect the world around them.” In celebration of Earth Day, KidZania has also created a video montage to showcase the best environmental ideas spotlighted in the Greener World pledge, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/kidzania.
About KidZaniaMore than a children’s museum or family entertainment center, KidZania combines role playing with real life experience in a kid-sized city. From police officer to dentist to restaurateur, each KidZania offers nearly 100 role-playing activities in more than 60 establishments including a hospital, fire station, bank, radio station and more. KidZania’s kid-centric city experience is designed to educate, inspire and entertain 4- to 14-year olds.
KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, is privately held. This award-winning concept is recognized globally for its unique blend of entertainment and education for children. The first KidZania opened in Mexico City in 1999 and to date more than 20 million kids and parents have visited the nine KidZania parks globally. The trajectory continues with 13 facilities in development in the United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, Chile, Cairo and Thailand, among other locations. For more information about KidZania, visit http://www.KidZania.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/KidZaniaOfficial, or Twitter @KidZania.

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Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 dicembre 2011

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Washington Just in time for the holidays, Ohio-based The Kroger Co. has announced that it is has “decided to discontinue the sourcing of products” from a Southeast Asian business partner, jeopardizing American paper industry jobs from Virginia to California. This misguided sourcing policy decision from America’s largest grocery store chain comes on the heels of a smear campaign waged by environmental activists World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace against Kroger and some of the other biggest retailers in the country, including Walmart, Target, and Food Lion. This cruel decision comes after the Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) recently organized citizen-activists nationwide to send more than 120,000 letters to Kroger and other retailers warning them not to cede to this type of green scheming. Americans have spoken up strongly, stating they will boycott these companies if they bow to WWF and Greenpeace’s plotting. Kroger and these other retailers, therefore, have been forewarned of the consequences of surrendering to green radicals.

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Global Expansion of Commodity Risk Management Capabilities

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2011

New York, INTL FCStone Inc. (Nasdaq:INTL) today announced a major expansion in its Commodity Risk Management capabilities, and promoted several key personnel to new positions that will enhance the company’s ability to bring its expertise and experience to customers around the globe. Jeff Carpenter assumed the role of Head of Commodity Risk Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in London, UK. Carpenter has more than 14 years of risk management experience throughout the commodities value chain, with a focus on agricultural and energy markets. Prior to joining FCStone, he held senior trading positions with ADM and Scoular. Peter Rizzo was promoted to Head of Commodity Risk Management for Agriculture and Energy Commodities in Asia. Rizzo, who has more than 24 years experience in the international markets with a career focus in Asia, joined FCStone Australia Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of INTL FCStone Inc.) from Standard Bank in August 2009, where he was previously Head of Agricultural Commodities for Asia. He was then appointed Managing Director of FCStone Australia Pty Ltd in April 2010Terrance Wood holds the position of Head of Commodity Risk Management for INTL FCStone Asia Pte. Ltd. Based in Singapore, Wood is responsible for developing the firm’s Southeast Asian business. With more than ten years of experience in agricultural finance and risk management, he offers our customers a broad set of tools to accomplish their risk management goals. Also, as previously announced, Jim Lambert has been named Managing Director, China. Lambert has more than fifteen years of China-related business experience, first working with the agribusiness conglomerates Archer Daniels Midland and Wilmar Trading in their soybean processing joint ventures, and later with China Food and Agriculture Services Company, a Beijing-based consultancy. Most recently Lambert served as a Vice President with the Fibers and Textiles Division of the subsidiary FCStone, LLC.
INTL FCStone Inc. provides execution and advisory services in commodities, currencies and international securities. INTL FCStone’s businesses, which include the commodities advisory and transaction execution firm FCStone Group, serve more than 10,000 commercial customers in more than 100 countries through a network of offices in eleven countries around the world. Further information on INTL FCStone Inc. is available at http://www.intlfcstone.com.

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Global Automotive Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 marzo 2011

“The Great Tohoku Earthquake has a profound impact on the global Automotive Industry. It is a triple disaster of unprecedented levels, and despite good news from the nuclear power plant Fukushima, the problem is far from over. The Automotive industry is one of the worst hit industries by the earthquake and its consequences and the impact is profound, not only on Japanese OEM’s and suppliers, but on the global Automotive industry as a whole. For Japan the short term effects encompass a production stoppage, a shortage of parts and an overall impact on the financial performance of the country. For the global industry it will mean a production stoppage in the U.S. and Europe, coupled with a stronger emergence of U.S., European and Korean brands. While the impact on the supply chain of Toyota is on a medium level with a production loss of 40,000 to 50,000 units during this period for Honda it is very high with a production loss of 30,000 to 35,000 units and for Nissan, with a production loss of about 25,000 units, at the lower end. It is however, possible for each of these companies to cover up for this shortfall in 2011, if the underlying demand remains strong. Considering the fact, that a production cut or stoppage in some plants in US and Europe might be due to the fact that components such as batteries are sourced from Japan, this short term impact on the global industry will provide a window of opportunities for Korean component manufacturers.Ford and Hyundai and other competing brands will have growth opportunities due to the fact that a shortage of certain models would lead to higher sales, since fast moving models, such a Prius, Insight, and Fit are hit by the disaster.Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.

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Hult Global Case Challenge

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 settembre 2010

Boston. Hult International Business School announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York that it will donate US$1 million to the CGI to implement the best ideas generated by students in the 2011 Hult Global Case Challenge. The 2011 Hult Global Case Challenge will take place simultaneously across all of the School’s five campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. More than 100 teams from business schools all over the world will compete to develop the most innovative solution to a real problem faced by a Clinton Global Initiative member in implementing their solution to a pressing global issue. The winning team will then see their solution being put into action with the support of the US$1 million prize.
The 2010 Hult Global Case Challenge saw teams from business schools all over the world including Harvard, INSEAD, Cambridge, Oxford, Columbia, MIT, Wharton, LBS and Carnegie Mellon compete to solve a problem faced by One Laptop Per Child. The inaugural winner was a team from Carnegie Mellon University. http://www.hultglobalcasechallenge.com.
Hult International Business School (formerly known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is the first global business school with campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. The School offers a range of business-focused programs including MBA, Masters and Undergraduate degrees. Hult’s one-year MBA program is ranked in the top 30 in the world by the Economist and amongst the top 100 by the Financial Times.www.hult.edu

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Global alliance: Finantix and NorthStar

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 giugno 2010

New York, London Finantix, an established provider of advice, sales and service solutions for banks and wealth managers, and NorthStar, a leading provider of wealth management software solutions, today announced a strategic alliance and a global co-marketing agreement.   This initiative includes the combination of complementary functionality as well as global distribution of the joint offering.    Finantix’s CRM tools and the recently released iPad and iPhone apps for wealth management (www.finantix.com/solutions.html ) will be offered together with NorthStar’s SaaS solution for financial advisors (www.northstar .com/solutions.html ). On the enterprise side, financial institutions will now have access to the broadest suite of advisory components, from single client view to integrated financial planning, from portfolio construction through compliance monitoring and client reporting.
Finantix is an established provider of client-centric solutions for financial advice, sales and service. The solutions help banks, insurers and wealth managers attract new customers and maximize the potential of existing ones. The Finantix advisory functionality is designed for multichannel delivery. Branch employees, agents, advisors and customers can access the application via browsers, mobile devices and tablets.  Finantix has offices across America, Asia and Europe, counting more than 50 clients in over 20 countries. The company is recognized by reputable market analysts and blue chip clients for both business and technical innovation in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.finantix.com.

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Global Health Initiatives

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 giugno 2010

Washington, DC Companies now have an easy way to demonstrate commitment to global health with the launch of MASSIVEGOOD’s corporate program, which lets them integrate a simple donation solution into their corporate travel systems. MASSIVEGOOD corporate is being unveiled today at the annual conference of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GBC) in Washington, DC. This year, the GBC will award special honors to Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State, the National Basketball Association, among others, and feature MASSIVEGOOD as an initiative that can add new meaning to business travel.  MASSIVEGOOD’s program for leisure travelers was announced during the UN General Assembly in September 2009, and went live in the United States on March 4th, 2010 in New York, during a ceremony at the UN in which President Bill Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were the first to “click” on Massivegood. Massivegood was created by the Millennium Foundation for Innovative Finance for Health. Funds will be distributed in priority to UNITAID, an innovative funding mechanism for the purchase of drugs that has already saved millions of lives by lowering the price and increasing the availability of key treatments in poor countries.
The Millennium Foundation for Innovative Finance for Health (“Millennium Foundation”) is a Swiss not-for-profit organization created in 2008 whose mission is to create a sustainable source of needed additional funding to achieve the three health-related Millennium Development Goals agreed to by the United Nations in 2000: to treat and fight life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; to reduce childhood mortality; and to improve maternal health. To achieve its mission, the Millennium Foundation aims to inspire and empower citizens to join a global movement of solidarity dedicated to reducing the glaring inequalities in access to health care between rich and poor. The initial focus is the creation of MASSIVEGOOD, an innovative fundraising solution that makes it easy for all those who travel to make micro-contributions aimed at saving lives by fighting life-threatening diseases among the world’s most vulnerable populations. For additional information, visit: http://www.millennium-foundation.org.

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Growth Excellence Awards Banquet

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 maggio 2010

London The Awards ceremony will open on Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 at 6.30 pm with registration and champagne reception followed at 7.40 by welcome speech and keynote address, and dinner at 8 pm. The ceremony will be part of the Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference – a one-of-a-kind platform that allows visionaries to network, brainstorm, and share fresh perspectives about improving performance and driving growth. Despite the severe global recession, many top-achieving companies pushed through the economic challenges, continuing to accelerate growth for their businesses. These high performers redefined industry benchmarks and devised innovative strategies to stay on top of their markets. Most importantly, the leaders of these companies prove that even during tough economic conditions success and growth can be achieved through visionary leadership, best practices and competitive intelligence.Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership conference will provide all participants the opportunity to interact with these esteemed, future-oriented leaders. Through diverse interactive discussions, panels, and sessions company leaders will explore new ideas, practices, and solutions. They will gain valuable insight into restructuring growth strategies to achieve business success in today’s economic climate. By following the example of the inspirational award recipients, company leaders can learn from fellow professionals about how to effectively evolve and succeed in a tough environment.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.

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Against Poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 gennaio 2010

Geneva-Lisbon The United Nations Development Programme and the Benfica Foundation announced, today, that they will dedicate the proceeds from the 2010 Match Against Poverty  taking  place in Lisbon on January 25  to support relief efforts in Haiti. In addition, a widespread advocacy campaign will accompany the broadcast of the match to encourage viewers to contribute personally.  For the past seven years, UNDP’s Match Against Poverty has raised funds for and awareness of global efforts to reduce poverty. This year, in the wake of the massive devastation that struck Haiti, the organizers and players decided that the funds amplify efforts to support the Haitian people in their time of need. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 54 percent in abject poverty.   The January 12 earthquake has created a humanitarian crisis that is growing dimmer by the hour.   Benfica Foundation President Luis Filipe Vieira said his organization stands ready to offer full support in solidarity with the Haitian people. “We are extremely saddened by the disaster in Haiti. We would like to show our full support by dedicating the Match to the relief of the victims.” UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo echo Vieira’s sentiments. “Donating the proceedings from the Match, lends deeper meaning to our cause against poverty,” said Zidane. Ronaldo will start the football season with his Club Corinthians-FC on January 24 and due to his commitments with the Club, he will not be able to play at the Match Against Poverty. He has invited his Brazilian teammate and very good friend Kaka to represent him in the match. Kaká who is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme (WFP) has accepted the invitation and will join Zinédine Zidane in the Ronaldo, Zidane & Friends team opposing Benfica All Stars. “I am honoured to represent Ronaldo and I am looking forward to playing this important match, dedicated to Haiti’s relief efforts, stated Kaká. http://www.slbenfica.pt.
UNDP is the UN’s global network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working as a trusted partner with Governments, civil society and the private sector to help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Further information can be found at http://www.undp.org

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