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Stalled Us Green Economy - Alex De Jong (#1048)

When he came to power, one of Barrack Obama's hopes was to put federal measures in place to decrease carbon emissions in the United States. It hasn't happened, and given the Democrats poor showing in the midterm elections...isn't going to in the near future. And that's got America's cleantech industry worried. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: WORLD BUSINESS is a lively and informative weekly round-up of stories from around the world. The series, covering the latest trends in big business and big money, takes a fresh and in-depth look at important global events from an economic perspective by highlighting the latest developments in technology, media, entertainment and sports. The series also includes timely interviews with world leaders, innovators, opinion makers and trendsetters. Each episode contains five diverse segments: "Cover Story," a timely, high-impact and globally relevant business feature investigating a major business story from around the globe; "One on One," an interview with those responsible for changing the world of business and finance; "Tech Watch," an in-depth examination of technology's role in changing lives and revolutionizing the business world; "The Business of Sport," a look at the money, advertising campaigns and sponsorship deals behind the world's international sporting events; and "Pop Business," a populist approach to entertainment-related business news.

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  • Engineering Advantages - Nick Mackie (#1015)

    As China's economy grows, operational costs rise too and other Asian countries with lower wage bills are now attractive manufacturing alternatives. But a grand exodus for the world's factory is unlikely, because China has engineered a huge competitive advantage, namely its unrivalled infrastructure and supply chains that enable manufacturers to deliver high volumes at high speed. [26 minutes]

  • Wef East Asia - Eckart Sager (#1016)

    Savvy investors look to Vietnam because the country is booming, with 7% growth expected this year. [26 minutes]

  • Planning Ahead - Rian Maelzer (#1017)

    Malaysia has rebounded rapidly from the global downturn, posting some impressive growth numbers. However the country is looking for a lot more than a short term growth spurt as it strives to go from being a solidly performing middle income country to joining the ranks of the developed world. [26 minutes]

  • Impressive Pavilions - Rian Maelzer (#1018)

    The Shanghai Expo showcases the best China and the world have to offer on a staggering scale. [26 minutes]

  • Building Business Bridges - Karan Singh (#1019)

    Businessmen from India and Pakistan are trying to forge closer economic ties between the nations. [26 minutes]

  • A More Balanced World - Eckart Sager (#1020)

    The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan focuses on recognizing greater strength internationally. [26 minutes]

  • Unobtanium - Nick Mackie (#1021)

    The vast majority of rare metals crucial for the construction of high tech devices come from China. [26 minutes]

  • Reshaping Syria - Simon Mars (#1022)

    Visit Damascus to discover the fundamental internal changes Syria has undergone in the last decade. [26 minutes]

  • The Big Store - Karan Singh (#1023)

    With 1.2 billion people, India could represent a huge opportunity for international retail firms. [26 minutes]

  • Onwards and Upwards - Jane Peterson (#1024)

    Sri Lanka holds its first general election after the end of nearly 30 years of civil war. [26 minutes]

  • No Smoke Without Fire - Nick Mackie (#1025)

    Tobacco is one of China's most powerful state monopolies but the business kills millions of people. [26 minutes]

  • Great Strides - Rian Maelzer (#1026)

    While its neighbors have boomed, small and landlocked Laos has struggled to progress and many of the population are still desperately poor. But by concentrating on its strengths, the country has taken great strides forward [26 minutes]

  • Old China - Nick Mackie (#1027)

    China may be the economic powerhouse of Asia, but it is also aging. Within a decade, the massive workforce that enabled the huge economic leaps forward of recent years will start to shrink. This is happening at a time of explosive growth in the number of elderly, many of whom have little in the way of a social safety net. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Brand Recognition - Nick Mackie (#1028)

    China has just overtaken Japan to become the world's second largest economy and is still growing at a blistering rate. But few Chinese brands are well known internationally and domestic consumers aspire to foreign products. However that could now be starting to change. [26 minutes]

  • Gulf Air Hubs - Simon Mars (#1029)

    A look at the UAE's two major airlines, Emirates and the world's fastest growing airline, Etihad. [26 minutes]

  • A Disastrous Grain Harvest - Diana Muriel (#1030)

    Droughts, floods and wildfires around the world have meant harvests for many crops are low. [26 minutes]

  • Social Integration In Malaysia - Rian Maelzer (#1031)

    The Prime Minister of Malaysia is using a policy dubbed 1Malaysia to bring about national unity. [26 minutes]

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  • China's Insurance Market - Nick Mackie (#1033)

    China's insurance industry has developed fast in the nation entered the World Trade Organization. [26 minutes]

  • New Oil Opportunities for Kazakhstan - Eckart Sager (#1034)

    This year OPEC turned 50 and for its member countries the last few years have been a turbulent time, with massive swings in prices and demand. Now as the world emerges from recession, thirst for oil is once again on the rise, providing great opportunities for countries with huge untapped reserves. Countries like the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. [26 minutes]

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  • Uneven European Recovery - Charlotte Windle (#1035)

    Since it emerged in September that Germany grew three times faster than expected in the second quarter, Europe has been abuzz with the prospect of a real recovery from recession. But while recovery in a select few other countries looks robust, others in the EU still sit uneasily on large piles of debt. [26 minutes]

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  • Avoiding The Middle Income Trap - Rian Maelzer (#1036)

    They call it the "middle income trap", when a successful developing country finds itself unable to take the next step to becoming a high-income nation. Malaysia is a successful middle income country, but its government has set its sights on becoming a developed nation by 2020 and has just unveiled an ambitious road map to achieve that goal. [26 minutes]

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  • Ireland's Struggling Economy - Diana Muriel (#1037)

    Ireland, once one of Europe's hottest economies is in a sorry state. Laden with debt, but desperate to avoid asking for help from the IMF and EU, the country has to take drastic action. With four companies going bust every day, and unemployment soaring, it will take all the luck of the Irish to get out of this economic mess. [26 minutes]

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  • Education In China - Nick Mackie (#1038)

    The market for international education is worth 45 billion Dollars a year and marketers have China firmly in their sights. But not all are focused on attracting "nouveau-riche" Chinese students to campuses abroad. Some of the most respected English private schools are expanding in the People's Republic itself. [26 minutes]

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  • China Aid - Nick Mackie (#1039)

    China is now the world's 2nd largest economy and growing at a blistering rate. The country also spent billions of dollars on showpiece events like the Olympic Games and the Shanghai Expo. So why are other countries still sending Aid money to this economic powerhouse? [26 minutes]

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  • Russia, Kazakhstan Belarus Trading Bloc - Nick Easen (#1040)

    Regional integration is a global trend and now a new free trade bloc is taking shape. Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus are moving a step closer to creating a common market for goods, services and business. A new union that will encompass 170 million people and about $2 trillion in potential GDP. [26 minutes]

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  • Egypt's Energy Shortfall - Simon Mars (#1041)

    Egypt's economy has been expanding at over five per cent a year for more than half a decade. Just before the financial crisis hit, annual GDP growth had reached over 7 percent. This boom has brought with it new challenges - not least the ability of the country's creaking power infrastructure to keep up the pace. [26 minutes]

  • Osce - Nick Easen (#1042)

    This week we bring you a special show on Eurasia from Kazakhstan -the first former Soviet country to chair the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Last week leaders from 65 states met for the OSCE summit in the country's capital Astana. Its appointment and the decision to hold the first meeting in 11 years in central Asia are signs of the region's rising geopolitical importance. [26 minutes]

  • Egypt's Water Shortage - Simon Mars (#1043)

    It's been said that Egypt is the gift of the Nile. Certainly life without it would be unimaginable, but the Nile's waters are a limited and capped resource and the population is growing rapidly. So how will the country be able to cope? [26 minutes]

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    Businessmen from both sides are trying to forge closer economic ties between India and Pakistan. [26 minutes]

  • A Damascene Conversion - Simon Mars (#1046)

    Over the last decade Syria has undergone a series of fundamental internal changes. Once a Soviet style command economy, it is now attempting to embrace features of a western style, social market. As part of our occasional series looking at frontier markets we went to Damascus to find out how far it has come. [26 minutes]

  • Wal-Mart Pushes Into South Africa - Heather Scott (#1047)

    In the 21st Century investors are sizing up Africa with some of the same hunger that the colonial traders did in centuries gone by. Despite much poverty and bad governance, there's a burgeoning middle-class which so far is relatively untapped. Now the world's biggest retailer has gone shopping in the continent's most successful country. [26 minutes]

  • New Corridors of Trade - Jon Lamberton (#1049)

    The balance of the world is shifting. Emerging economies account for one third of the world economy, but two thirds of the world's growth and the key markets are overwhelmingly situated in a band stretching from the Middle East across Central Asia to the Far East. As this region grows in wealth, trade between its member countries is strengthening as new corridors of trade become established. [26 minutes]

  • China Russia Trade - Nick Mackie (#1050)

    After a hundred years of mistrust and, at times conflict, China-Russia relations appear to have entered a new era of co-operation. They've settled bitter border disputes, struck huge energy deals and ditched the Dollar in favour of their own currencies in bilateral trade. [26 minutes]

  • Asian Winter Games - Eckart Sager (#1051)

    Kazakhstan hopes its stronger presence on the world stage will attract investment and visitors. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Robotics - Nick Mackie (#1052)

    China is turning to robots and its workforce ages and the nation loses its competitive advantage. [26 minutes]

  • Mumbai Property - Karan Singh (#1101)

    Mumbai's property market has staged a dramatic recovery from the global financial crisis. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Inflation - Nick Mackie (#1102)

    China's central government is desperate to avoid inflation as it seeks to rein-in growth and rebalance the economy. The trouble is, to succeed; it needs the regions on board. And away from the capital, there's still an obsession with huge projects and boosting GDP. [26 minutes]

  • Ndm-1 & Indian Medical Tourism - Karan Singh (#1103)

    A study in the West that claimed to identify a drug-resistant superbug from India is discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Education Market In China - Nick Mackie (#1104)

    The business of international education is worth billions and marketers have China in their sights. [26 minutes]

  • A New Port for Kenya - Kate Russell (#1105)

    Kenya is in an enviable position. As trade grows between Africa and the booming markets of Asia, its location on the East coast of the continent makes it an ideal transport hub. Plans are in place to develop a huge port system in the country which could provide a substantial boost to the economy, but not everyone supports the idea. [26 minutes]

  • Egypt After The Revolution - Jon Lamberton (#1106)

    The recent revolution in Egypt may have ousted an autocratic and unpopular regime, but many of the problems that led to the uprising still remain. So what does the future hold for the country? [26 minutes]

  • Kazakhstan Elections - Nick Easen (#1107)

    President Nursultan Nazarbayev calls for an election to put his future in the hands of the people. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Brands - Nick Mackie (#1108)

    China is the world's second largest economy, but few Chinese brands are well known internationally. [26 minutes]

  • Abu Dhabi Infrastructure - Simon Mars (#1109)

    The emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is increasingly placing its marker on the world stage. Not content with aspiring to become the cultural capital of the GCC, it's also building the region's largest industrial zone which will be served by a vast new port and the country's first railway network. But is the right time in the global economic cycle for such ambitious plans? [26 minutes]

  • Indian Nuclear Protests - Karan Singh (#1110)

    As the nuclear crisis in Japan continues, it is taking its toll; not only on the local residents, but on nuclear programmes around the world. India is a prime example, with ambitious plans to increase nuclear power from 3 to 40% of energy supply by 2050. But this may now be derailed by farmers resisting land acquisition, and concerns over the safety of nuclear technology. [26 minutes]

  • Uk Economy - Nick Easen (#1111)

    Last weekend billions of people around the world watched the British Royal Wedding on television and next year millions more will tune in when the country hosts the Olympic Games. For a small island nation the UK may still punch above its weight, but there is little doubt its glory days are over. [26 minutes]

  • China's Population Problems - Nick Mackie (#1112)

    The global population is expanding rapidly and is predicted to hit 9 billion people by 2050. There are serious doubts as to whether the planet can handle this number of people demanding ever higher living standards. China dramatically addressed the issue of overpopulation in the 1970s by introducing the One Child Policy, but this in itself brought a raft of new problems. [26 minutes]

  • Japanese Tsunami Recovery - Lucy Craft (#1113)

    The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan this year stunned the world and came as a huge blow to a country that is losing its economic prominence in the world. And the true scope of the tragedy is only just becoming clear. [26 minutes]

  • European Slump - Nick Easen (#1114)

    Europe's year-long sovereign-debt crisis is still in the limelight. Balance sheets in some corners of the continent are in bad shape and EU politicians, business people and investors are all trying to find the answers. Yet a convincing route to recovery and escape from the debt trap still remains elusive. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Train Rollout - Nick Mackie (#1115)

    China plans to have 25,000 km of High Speed Rail operational by 2020, this year alone, the bill for construction will come to a hundred billion Dollars. It's the biggest, most ambitious, technologically sophisticated and expensive railway expansion in history. But does it really make sound economic sense? [26 minutes]

  • Mumbai Property - Karan Singh (#1116)

    Mumbai's property market has staged a dramatic recovery from the global financial crisis in line with the country's economy. The difference between this and previous real estate booms is the size and increasingly elite nature of the new buildings. [26 minutes]

  • Wef East Asia - Rian Maelzer (#1117)

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  • Pace - Eckart Sager (#1118)

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe or PACE is an international body that aims bring stability to a geographically large and culturally diverse region. Its main area of focus is the promotion of democracy and human rights, a role it has fulfilled since its formation shortly after the end of the Second World War. Since then Europe itself has changed drastically demanding the organization to change with it. [26 minutes]

  • Singapore and Malaysia Education - Rian Maelzer (#1119)

    Southeast Asian Neighbours Malaysia and Singapore have made huge strides in recent decades, and are seen as models by many less developed countries. But if they are going to continue to enjoy strong economic growth and remain competitive, the two countries know they have to rethink the way they educate their people. [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Food Security - Nick Mackie (#1120)

    Three decades of urbanization and economic reforms have lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese out of poverty. The big concern now is how to keep feeding them. Changing diet, increasing demand and tightening supply threaten the country's food security. It's a delicate balancing act and one that has implications for commodity markets worldwide. [26 minutes]

  • A Modern Greek Tragedy - Jon Lamberton (#1121)

    The word economy has its origins in the Ancient Greek "ekonomos", meaning "one who manages a household" yet Modern Greece is seen as the complete opposite; a country whose financial house is far from in order, a situation that has far reaching implications. [26 minutes]

  • Egypt Revolutions - 6 Months On - Simon Mars (#1122)

    At the start of the year, Egypt surprised the world by overthrowing the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Six months on and the country is at a crossroads. The revolution appears to have stalled, parts of the economy have been badly battered, and the protestors are back in the streets. [26 minutes]

  • China Energy - Nick Mackie (#1123)

    For manufacturers in China, 2011 marks another year of power cuts. One of the factors behind this is a rebound in the production of polluting and high energy industries. New policies to radically clean up will be unveiled in the autumn, which will have far reaching implications for companies doing business in China. [26 minutes]

  • Abu Dhabi Infrastructure - Simon Mars (#1124)

    The emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is increasingly placing its marker on the world stage. Not content with aspiring to become the cultural capital of the GCC, it's also building the region's largest industrial zone which will be served by a vast new port and the country's first railway network. But is the right time in the global economic cycle for such ambitious plans? [26 minutes]

  • China Aid - Nick Mackie (#1125)

    China is now the world's 2nd largest economy and growing at a blistering rate. The country also spent billions of dollars on showpiece events like the Olympic Games and the Shanghai Expo. So why are other countries still sending aid money to this economic powerhouse? [26 minutes]

  • China Russia Trade - Nick Mackie (#1126)

    After a hundred years of mistrust and, at times conflict, China-Russia relations appear to have entered a new era of co-operation. They've settled bitter border disputes, struck huge energy deals and ditched the Dollar in favour of their own currencies in bilateral trade. [26 minutes]

  • China Education - Nick Mackie (#1127)

    The business of international education is worth 45 billion Dollars a year and marketers have China firmly in their sights. But not all are focused on attracting "nouveau-riche" Chinese students to campuses abroad. Some of the most respected English private schools are expanding in the People's Republic itself. [26 minutes]

  • Egyptian Water Crisis - Simon Mars (#1128)

    The revolution in Egypt has made the future for the country much more unclear, with luck democracy and freedom will take hold, but that remains far from certain. What is certain is that despite being home to the world's longest river, Egypt will struggle to manage its water resources in the coming years, as the population swells, but the flow from the Nile remains constant. [26 minutes]

  • Korean Development - Karim Gohary (#1129)

    Since its formation just after the end of the Second World War, South Korea has risen meteorically to become the 14th biggest economy in the world. It's pushed an export-driven economy; is now one of the most wired nations on the planet, and a centre for high-tech that rivals neighbour Japan. [26 minutes]

  • China Population Growth - Nick Mackie (#1130)

    A look at how China's one child policy may be creating a new set of challenges. [26 minutes]

  • Mumbai Property Boom - Karan Singh (#1131)

    Mumbai's property market has staged a dramatic recovery from the global financial crisis in line with the country's economy. The difference between this and previous real estate booms is the size and increasingly elite nature of the new buildings. [26 minutes]

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