Chinese pledge half of all foreign aid for Africa without preconditions

China in AfricaXinhua/Devex, 9 May: China will earmark more than half of its foreign aid for Africa and attach no preconditions, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday 8 May at a World Economic Forum meeting on Africa in Nigeria. “China will, as always, continue to increase its assistance to Africa in both quantity and quality to the extent of its ability, ensuring that more than half of its foreign aid will go to Africa,” Li said. Continue reading

Bangladesh: Rights groups want curbs on multinationals’ tax dodging

Daily Star, Bangladesh, 2 March 2014: Rights groups yesterday urged the government to immediately take punitive actions against the multinational companies that are dodging taxes through misuse of ‘transfer pricing’.Currently, multinational companies account for 10-15 percent of the government’s tax collections, while local companies provide around 34 percent, said Monower Mostafa, executive director of Development Synergy Institute. Continue reading

The Road to Myanmar Is Inviting but Potholed

Yangon-629x472YANGON, Jan 17 2014  ) – Myanmar is flinging open the gates to foreign investment, seen as key to the southeast Asian country’s future after decades of stagnation under military rule. From Coca-Cola and Unilever to Samsung and Fujitsu, the key brands of international companies can be seen hogging billboards.   International firms seem excited by the untapped potential of a country of 60 million, described by consultants McKinsey & Company as nestled in the world’s fastest-growing region.   But there are potholes on the way, experts say. Continue reading

WTO: Stingy with the Poor, Generous with the Rich

Martin KhorMartin Khor, Executive director of South Centre, Oct  2013 (IPS) – A fight taking place in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations towards the Bali Ministerial Conference shows how the rules on agriculture allow developed countries to continue to shell out huge subsidies while penalising farmers in developing countries. Food security is one of the key issues now being negotiated at the WTO as part of its preparations for the Bali Conference in December. For developing countries, food security and the livelihood and incomes of small farmers are top priorities. Continue reading

Appel à un partenariat mondial pour un développement juste et transformatif dans la période post 2015

À l’occasion de la 68e session de l’assemblée générale des Nations unies sur le suivi des résultats du sommet du millénaire, le partenariat des OCS pour l’efficacité au développement (POED)[1] appelle à un partenariat mondial en vue de promouvoir un agenda au développement juste et transformateur pour la période post 2015. Continue reading

Keeping LDCs at centre stage an development imperative says LDC Watch

16 Sept, Kathmandu: LDC Watch policy paper, issued today explains why LDCs must be central in planning the Sustainable Development Goals, prepared for the UN General Assembly Session starting this week.  The General Debate of this 68th session is focused on setting the stage of the Post-2015 Development Agenda while there is also a Special Event scheduled on 25 September to follow up on efforts on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).ldcwatch position paper on the post2015 sustainable developm

LDC Newsletter June 2013/ Bulletin PMA Nouvelles juin 2013

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Dear Colleagues

Here is the latest newsletter from the LDC News Service. It discusses the TRIPS waiver to be debated tomorrow at the WTO and contains interviews with Ambassador Acharya, the new under Secretary General for LDCs, and with LDC Watch President Demba Dembele.
Daphne Davies and Bhagirath Yogi
Cher(es) collegues
Voici le dernier bulletin du Service de Nouvelles PMA. Il traite de l’exonération sur les ADPIC pour être débattu demain à l’OMC et contient des entretiens avec Ambassadeur Acharya, le nouveau Secrétaire général adjoint pour les PMAs, et avec LDC Watch président Demba Dembélé.
Daphne Davies et Bhagirath Yogi