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Towards the new EU- ACP partnership: Leaving no one behind through sustainable investments and decent jobs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 febbraio 2019

Representatives of faith-based organisations, European Commission, European External Action Service and European Parliament, economic actors and youth brought into focus the EU–Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) partnership.An open dialogue exchange organised by CEC, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Quaker Council for European Affairs and Baha’i International Community on 4 February in Brussels, reflected on how to make sure no one is left behind through sustainable investments and decent jobs when it comes to EU–ACP agreement.
“Although many positive achievements of the EU development programmes and generous financial assistance cannot be put in doubt, concerns have to be raised. The key term in this regard, at least for churches and faith based organisations is people-centered approach,” underlined in opening remarked Rev. Dr Peter Pavlovic, CEC Study Secretary.The participants discussed trade and investment-oriented approach to the EU-ACP partnership and links between sustainable investments and local socio- economic empowerment. Best practices in this area were shared by faith-based young professionals and entrepreneurs.
The participants also discussed how they can contribute to the EU-ACP negotiations with a balanced representation and as equal stakeholders.It was suggested that an interaction and a dialogue of policy-makers, local and faith-based actors can bring positive results in efforts for a positive and impactful aim of the EU-ACP negotiations. (by

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Presentazione dell’Outlook 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 novembre 2018

Milano 20 novembre 2018 alle ore 11.30, presso gli uffici di Columbia Threadneedle, in via Arrigo Boito 10 presentazione dell’Outlook 2019 ad iniziativa di Alessandro Aspesi, Country Head Italy di Columbia Threadneedle Investments. L’incontro sarà una importante occasione per fare il punto sulle prospettive di mercato per la prima metà del 2019 in questa fase di forte volatilità e dibattere con i gestori su possibili sviluppi e prospettive di investimento.
11h30 Benvenuto e intro Alessandro Aspesi, Country Head Italy
11h45 2019 Outlook – Multi asset view Felicity Long, Client Portfolio manager, Multi-Asset
12h15 Quale prospettiva per l’azionario europeo? Andrea Carzana, gestore azionario Europa
12h45 Quale prospettiva per l’obbligazionario? Alessandro Tarello, gestore obbligazionario Europa.

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Finch Capital Announces Two New Investments in Key Geographical Markets

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 dicembre 2017

amsterdamAmsterdam. Finch Capital, financial technology venture capital firm, announced that it has led the Series A investments for two companies: an investment in Ayopop, an Indonesian mobile bill payment platform and a €2 million investment in Ikbenfrits, a digital mortgage broker based in the Netherlands. Finch Capital will join both companies’ boards. From its offices in Amsterdam, London and Singapore, Finch Capital invests in innovative technology companies that are driving the transformation of the financial services industry. Its portfolio companies are solving problems associated with legacy financial services systems and innovating to increase revenue, reduce costs and improving customer interactions.Radboud Vlaar, Partner at Finch Capital said: “We are the only fintech VC to focus on start ups in both Europe and South East Asia and are seeing significant innovation in these markets. In Europe, financial services represents 30% of GDP: it is well established but ripe for innovation. By contrast, in South East Asia, the opportunity lies in the new technologies that are, for the first time, providing financial services to a large underserved market. We are specifically interested in Indonesia as it is predicted to be the world’s 4th largest economy by 20501. These market dynamics provide exciting investment opportunities for us.” Hans de Back, Partner at Finch Capital commented on Finch Capital’s Indonesian investment: “Ayopop’s platform gives consumers an efficient way of making bill payments and illustrates how customers are using new avenues to achieve this. We were impressed with Ayopop’s growth, execution and product development. Ayopop has become a one-stop payments solution for Indonesian consumers that takes care of a variety of their needs. We look forward to working with the team during the next growth phase.” Radboud Vlaar comments on Finch Capital’s investment in Ikbenfrits: “Since its inception in 2015, Ikbenfrits has brought significant efficiencies to the proptech industry, by targeting the refinance mortgage niche. Although the Netherlands is the second largest mortgage market in Europe, it has until now been fragmented and difficult to navigate. We are thrilled to work closely with the Ikbenfrits team, who in a short time have gained the largest on-line market share in this region, proving the company’s utility and potential to scale.” Finch Capital works closely with its portfolio companies to help them penetrate their target markets. Its recent investments include: UK digital mortgage broker, Trussle; Dutch insurance platform, Digital Insurance Group; Switzerland-based customer insight software company, Squirro; Spanish security policy automation company, Intelliment; and Indonesian digital financial services provider, Cermati.Finch Capital is the new brand name for the firm and its fund, Finch Capital Fund II, previously known as Orange Growth Capital (OGC) and OGC Fund II respectively. Originally named “Orange” to reflect its Dutch heritage, the new name reflects the firm’s global reach with an emphasis on Europe and South East Asia. OGC Fund I (Dutch ICT fund and Growth Fund I) will not be rebranded.

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Noble Four Partners with Hana Financial Investment Company to Develop and Execute North American Investments

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 ottobre 2017

seulNoble Four Partners (NFP), an established investor and operator based in New York, today announced a partnership with Hana Financial Investment Company Co., Ltd (Hana FI), the investment banking, capital markets, acquisition financing and institutional investor relationship operating group within Hana Financial Group, Inc. based in Seoul, South Korea. NFP will identify industrial and manufacturing control investments in North American and European industrial sectors that have South Korean and Pan-Asian growth potential. Hana FI will provide acquisition financing and assist in organizing South Korean based institutional capital. Strategic investors, with relevant industry experience, are expected to contribute additional capital and lend technical, manufacturing, and Asia specific market assistance.NFP expects to build sector-orientated platforms over several years with a focus on creating long-term value through partnering with exceptional management teams.“Hana FI is a leading South Korean financial institution with global capability to provide capital and financing and we recognize that this relationship is a crucial step in further expanding our financing capabilities and investor relationships. NFP has extensively worked with Korean investors and operators on cross-border transactions and we are now directly partnering with them in the pursuit of outbound investment and growth opportunities across North America,” said Stephen Merchant, Co-Managing Partner of NFP.“Partnering with Hana FI presents a distinct advantage in the competitive North American buyout marketplace. South Korean institutional and strategic capital demand for opportunities, from both a debt and equity perspective, is deep and significant”, added Mark Tomassini, Co-Managing Partner of NFP. “We anticipate robust growth in South Korean foreign direct investment and in-bound control North American investments,” stated Tomassini.NFP is actively involved in evaluating investment opportunities under this partnership framework.

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Catella: A strong year for property investments in Finland ahead

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 febbraio 2017

The new Catella Market Indicator Finland spring 2017 has now been published. The real estate transaction volume last year exceeded the previous record in Finland, and it seems like the market will remain very active also in 2017. The total transaction volume for 2016 was EUR 7.1 billion, which is a new Finnish record. This time, the all-time high volume was reached during a period of relatively slow economic growth. As in recent years, the majority of buyers were domestic investors, while during the previous peak years, the growth in volume was largely a result of international investors operating at high levels of leverage.In addition, a large part of the volume was this time attributable to residential properties, with transactions of more than EUR 2.7 billion. For the first time in the Finnish real estate investment market, residential property transactions exceeded the amount of office or retail property transactions.“At the moment, there is no reason to doubt that the record pace in the real estate investment market will continue in 2017. In a low interest rate environment, real estate is seen as a very attractive investment option, to which many investors are willing to direct more capital. In addition, international investors have increasingly begun to show more interest in the Finnish market. In our view, several international investors are currently actively searching for suitable properties in Finland, and we may see more transactions involving foreign players this year than the year before”, says Antti

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Liberia: ‘Back in business’ after Ebola outbreak?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 giugno 2015

liberiaLiberia is ‘back in business’. The Ebola outbreak left the country’s economy badly dented. But since the country was declared Ebola free on 9 May 2015, the government has been actively promoting private sector investment again. The first trade missions to the country are being organised by industrialised countries, such as the Netherlands which will visit the country in early July 2015. But are these foreign investments really desirable? The paper ‘Liberia: Back in business?’ by SOMO and Green Advocates shows that investments by the private sector run the risk not just of violating human rights, but could also spark conflicts between communities, companies and the Liberian government. In 2003, a peace agreement brought an end to more than a decade of conflict in Liberia. In order to restore peace to the country, the Liberian government has developed a post-conflict reconstruction plan that focuses on attracting private sector investments. Foreign companies such as ArcelorMittal have been welcomed in with open arms to dig into the country’s vast treasure trove of natural resources, including iron ore, palm oil and gold. The hope is that these activities will eventually benefit all Liberians. However, business activity in the country has so far delivered only limited results in terms of development. In fact, businesses are actually causing a wide range of human rights issues as well as reigniting the risk of violence. In a country where land disputes were a key driver of the civil war and where land continues to be a highly contested topic, land-intensive sectors like agriculture and mining risk creating renewed conflict. Alfred Brownell, Lead Campaigner of Green Advocates – a human rights NGO in Liberia – confirms this: “If companies do not know in what context they operate, these sectors can easily reignite conflict. In recent years, we have increasingly seen conflicts erupting between companies and communities. In a country like Liberia, this is very dangerous indeed.”Peace in Liberia is fragile. “The Dutch government, as one of the first countries to organise a trade mission to the Ebola-affected region, needs to ensure that its companies are in no way implicated in human rights violations affecting the Liberian people,” says Anne Schuit, researcher at the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) in the Netherlands. “Companies operating in Liberia need to operate with caution and conduct heightened due diligence: they need to make sure they are not causing human rights violations and conflict, and they need to make sure their business partners are doing the same.”The joint paper by SOMO and Green Advocates argues that it is not desirable to resume operations from the same starting point as before the Ebola outbreak began. Economic development could be an element in Liberia’s transformation to a peaceful and prosperous country. But foreign investments can only provide added value if investors stand up against inequality, promote employment, inclusiveness and sustainable growth, and avoid unfair competition for Liberian businesses. “Liberia has the Ebola outbreak under control and might be back in business, but that is not the only challenge the country faces. Foreign investors should therefore tread carefully so that they don’t spark and reignite conflicts” states Anne Schuit.
This week, Green Advocates also publishes a report on the international steel and mining company ArcelorMittal which mines iron ore in Nimba county. “The mine and the railway with which the company transports the ore, and the port it uses for export – all of these have negative social and environmental impacts on communities living in those areas,” said Francis Colee, researcher at Green Advocates. This week, exactly one year ago, violent protests flared up in the mining areas of ArcelorMittal. According to the local population, the company did not respect the terms of their concession, failed to pay compensation for the crops they had lost and repair damaged homes.

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Climate SOS – Greenpeace urges end to fossil fuel investments as IPCC meets

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 marzo 2014

stand yokohama Japan. A climate crisis that risks peace and security can still be avoided by accelerating the clean energy revolution, Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Issuing an SOS emergency alert ahead of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in Japan, Greenpeace warned that climate change is already devastating nations, destroying lives and costing billions of dollars in damage. “This is a crisis that knows no boundaries. Our climate is on the precipice and every ton of oil, coal and gas we are digging up and burning pushes us closer to the brink. But there’s a way out of this mess. Renewable energy has made a breakthrough faster than thought and is ready to challenge our old hazardous energy system,” said Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace International campaigner.  “While the IPCC report will make grim reading, the key message here is choice. Will we continue drifting from one disaster to another, or will we take control of our future? We’re at a crossroads and the choices we make now will determine how history judges us.” On the eve of the IPCC meeting, Greenpeace activists displayed a glowing message ‘Climate SOS – Go Renewables’ near J-POWER’s Isogo 1 & 2 coal power plant and Tepco’s Minami Yokohama gas power plant to highlight the cause of climate change and the solution to the unfolding crisis. “Coal burning is the biggest single driver of climate change. But coal has a massive water footprint too, making it one of the largest threats to water security. Add to that the air pollution problem and it’s clear that a move away from coal is inevitable and in fact has already started,” Kosonen added.  “To make the shift away from coal and other fossil fuels fast enough though is a key fight communities, decision-makers and investors have to unite on.”  Meeting to finalise the Working Group II report on ‘Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’, the IPCC will discuss climate action in the context of sustainable development. The Japanese government, which is hosting this week’s meeting, is failing to meet the IPCC’s challenge. Japan has lowered its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and it is also emerging as the world’s biggest public investor of coal expansion overseas. Now it is planning a return to nuclear energy despite the ongoing Fukushima disaster.“A choice between nuclear and coal is a false dichotomy. Japan could completely phase out nuclear power and still meet its old climate target of 25% cuts in emissions by 2020 in the energy sector with efficiency and green energy. What is needed is government policy to enable a faster transition to renewable energy,” said Hisayo Takada, campaigner at Greenpeace Japan.

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European Businesses Amplify Investment in Cloud Data Protection

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

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Morges, Switzerland. CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) released the results of an independent survey that reveals investment in data protection continues to grow with more budget allocated to cloud computing. According to the survey of 1,987 companies across Europe, over a third (34%) of organisations expect cloud computing to play an increasingly important role in their business continuity plans over the next year. The survey: ‘Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud 2011’ highlights that 67% of the companies surveyed have seen their data protection budgets remain flat in the last year, and just over a quarter (27%) are increasing investment. As more businesses realise the significance of cloud to their data protection strategy, CA Technologies expects an increased investment in cloud solutions. Despite the positive trend in disaster recovery investment and the emerging shift to cloud, almost all the companies surveyed (94%) suffered application and data loss incidents in the last year. Of the 1,987 businesses surveyed across Europe, 31% have data that resides in the private cloud and 17% in the public cloud. Encouragingly, these companies displayed high levels of confidence in the safety of this data.
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Saving the U.S. government $17 billion dollars

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 maggio 2009

The Obama administration unveiled 1,500 pages of documents that outline how it would like to spend the federal government’s $3.4 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins October 1, 2009. Throughout the budget process, President Obama has called for increased funding of education, health care and economic programs, and it seems Congress will support those increases. And despite these new investments, the president’s budget proposals would still save the U.S. government $17 billion over the next year, the administration claims. How will this happen? By eliminating and reducing programs the administration identifies as wasteful. “We have to admit that there is a lot of money that’s being spent inefficiently, ineffectively,” Obama said. “Some programs may have made sense in the past but are no longer needed in the present.  In its 131-page book “Terminations, Reductions and Savings,” the White House identifies more than 100 programs that can be reduced or eliminated. Among them: a $35 million long-range navigation system that can be replaced with simple GPS technology and a $6 million program to fight illiteracy. “Now, I strongly support initiatives that promote literacy. It’s critical,” Obama said. “But I oppose programs that do it badly.” (By Michelle Austein Brooks)

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