Stories about Economics & Business from November, 2006
India: Why he won't fly that airline anymore
Dateline Bombay on rude airline staff and why the one of the best airlines in India will lose its grip. “So you can have the best technical staff, the best equipment and the best food (in the airline business). But when your number one position gets to you and arrogance...
Serbia: Kragujevac Stories
You would have to find out by yourself how it feels to be in this southeastern European country, but in the meantime you can read words from different online spaces talking about those legendary cars produced in Kragujevac, the city's traditional bistro aura and some glances at its past. First,...
Kenya: Kenyan entrepreneur on YouTube
Kenyan Pundit writes about a young Kenyan entrepreneur who is getting innovative with YouTube.
Malawi: lottery on mobile phones
“Earlier this year, Pay265.net launched their e-Wallet concept that would allow Malawians make payments via SMS and email when implemented. Now, the African Lotteries Company Limited (AFLOT) is looking for a company to operate on its behalf, an SMS/mobile phone lottery service that can enable the general public to play...
Japan: fake consultation meetings
Adamu from Mutantfrog reports on an investigation of recent scandal about the government's fake public consultation meetings on issue such as postal privatization and education reform.
Pacific Islands: Increasing Chinese Influence
Alext at Golublog:An Anthropology blog points to an article that talks about growing involvement of China and Chinese businesses in Pacific Islands.
India: Cornershops in the era of big retail stores
Wal-mart's entry in India along with other big retail plans elicits quite a few reactions from those who feel it might threaten the traditional kirana stores (cornershops). The Indian Economy Blog on why that's not likely. “A vast majority of middle class India still shops from one of the millions...
Voices from Zimbabwe
With the rainy season now underway in Zimbabwe, most of the nation's time and attention is given to pontificating and prognosticating what the agricultural prospects have in store for us. Like many other agro-based economies, the measure of a good (or bad year) is based on the nation's agricultural production....
Russia, Serbia: Energy Plans
Neretva River writes about Russia's plans to build a power plant in Kosovo and route a gas pipeline through Serbia.
Moldova: Another Belarus?
Mihai Moscovici wonders if, following the Minsk CIS Summit, Moldova may turn into Europe's next Belarus.
Guyana: Piggybacking on Barbados tourism
MediaCritic proposes that the target of Guyana's most significant tourism advertising campaign should be tourists visiting Barbados, a model already adopted by St. Vincent & the Grenadines: “Through a CARICOM engineered initiative our powers that be need to establish some formal initiative with our sister nation in order to initially...
Afghanistan: Opium and the Economy
At Registan.net Joshua Foust comments on the World Bank's new report on opium eradication in Afghanistan, saying that something new must be tried because the current approach is a failure.
Barbados: Credit where credit isn't due?
A former Barbadian ambassador to the US states that whites are given too much credit for the success of the Barbadian economy. Barbados Free Press thinks he's entitled to his viewpoint, but “the future for all of us who love Barbados must belong to a different vision.”
Latvia: News Roundup
Homemade booze, politics, and attacks on tourists: All About Latvia provides a news roundup.
Africa: Africa's economies
Eliesmith writes about the 2006 African Development Indicator, “According to the report, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of South Africa have retained their dominant positions on the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. Both countries account for 55% of the GDP of the region.”
China: foreign bank
Logan Wright in Survived SARS translated a survey from China Youth Daily about consumers’ attitude towards foreign bank.
Belize: A bang-up tourist season
Lee Vanderwalker of Caye Caulker, Belize, is busy with preparations for this year's tourist season, which from the feedback she's been getting is going to be “a bang up year.”
Russia: Gas Policies
Ruminations on Russia writes about gas policies of the Russian government.
Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus
Astana (Kazakhstan) – Waiting for a bus – photograph taken by Richard Messenger (Many more bus stops here) While we're waiting for the bus, why not check out some of this week's highlights from the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia? Web 2.0 in Central...
Haiti & Debt Relief: Will Government Measure Up?
Jojo at Collectif Haiti de Provence posts a Radio Kiskeya article on the World Bank and IMF conditions for permanent debt relief for the country and writes (Fr): “The conditions for permanent debt relief are clear and precise and for once seem human … Can our compatriots once in power...