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SME Facilitators Open Door to SME Knowledge

SME Facilitators Open Door to SME Knowledge

Growing numbers of facilitators throughout ASEAN are making access to business skills and information even easier for the region’s small and medium enterprises. These facilitators have the enthusiasm, knowledge, and leadership skills to guide entrepreneurs through the ASEAN SME Academy, an online resource launched in 2016 as a collaboration between ASEAN and the US-ASEAN Business Council, with support from USAID ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (US-ACTI). SME facilitators at a training session on the ASEAN SME Academy. Photo: USAID Indonesia The Academy offers a range of materials, mostly developed ...
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2017 Dashboard Data Gauges Women’s Empowerment in APEC

APEC’s Women and the Economy Dashboard, which tracks, measures, and communicates progress in women’s economic participation across APEC’s 21 member economies, reached a milestone in September with the 2017 release. The 2017 Dashboard contains the first biannual data update since APEC’s Policy Support Unit (PSU) entered baseline information two years ago. The new data show both progress and backsliding in women’s engagement in APEC economies since 2015. For example, the number of member economies where women may work in mining has increased, but the number of laws that prohibit sexual discrimination in ...
ASEAN Women Gain Expanded Economic Policy Voice

ASEAN Women Gain Expanded Economic Policy Voice

The ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (AWEN), begun more than three years ago with US Government support, is taking on a growing role in shaping economic policies so that women can benefit from and make an expanded contribution to regional growth. AWEN’s unique policy role was demonstrated at the forum on Mainstreaming ASEAN Women in Trade of Goods and Services Toward AEC 2025, held August 31 in Manila. Over 170 people from throughout ASEAN attended the forum, which examined barriers to women’s participation in trade and investment, and how to overcome ...
Nathan-Gnarus Pairing Pools Globally Recognized Leaders in Litigation Services

Nathan-Gnarus Pairing Pools Globally Recognized Leaders in Litigation Services

Nathan Associates and Gnarus Advisors LLC combined their litigation practices so law firms, corporations, and other clients could find a diverse and nimble pool of preeminent economic experts under one roof. The newest Who’s Who Legal, a U.K.-published directory, underscores the power of this combination. Who’s Who Legal listed Stephen E. Sellick and Jessica B. Horewitz, Ph.D., of Gnarus, among the top 10 thought leaders this year for their expertise in insurance and reinsurance. Jincy Elizabeth Francis and Nandita Jain of Nathan’s Chennai, India, office rank among future leaders in ...
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Burma Robots: More than Fun and Games

A rapidly expanding ICT sector will create many career opportunities for Burma (Myanmar) youth. USAID is helping them gain enthusiasm for the sector through hands-on experience. This includes designing, programming, and building robots, then matching skills with those of peers from around the world. Assisted by a USAID grant, a team of seven students from Burma recently took part in the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge, a 3-day competition held July 16-18 in Washington, DC. The team qualified by creating a robot that could maneuver to collect and sort balls by ...
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Nathan Economists Examine Corrective Advertising for Lanham Act Damages

Determining the cost of advertising to counter the negative financial effects of trademark infringement or false advertising requires more complicated analysis than commonly applied, according to Nathan economists D. Scott Bosworth, Russell W. Mangum, and Eric C. Matolo. Writing in the journal The Trademark Reporter, they explore the many complications, noting the existence of “common, but unsupported presumptions and inaccurate, conclusory arguments that can lead to flawed calculations of corrective advertising damages.” Companies suing under the Lanham Act, the chief U.S. trademark law, can seek remedial payment for anticipated costs ...
Nathan to Host Roundtable on Vietnam and Asia Pacific Trade Policy

Nathan to Host Roundtable on Vietnam and Asia Pacific Trade Policy

Changing Tides: Vietnam’s Opportunity to Shape Asia Pacific Trade Policy May 13, 2017 – JW Marriot Hotel Hanoi Roundtable Discussion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Reception to follow As global forces in trade shift and new technologies shake traditional trade models, governments and businesses face the challenge of developing new norms for trade policy. Vietnam, as the host of APEC and a leading global trader, has a unique opportunity to shape trade policy in the region and internationally. Join us as we examine trade-disrupting trends and discuss how Vietnam can ...
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Nathan Associates India Analyzes Scope and Potential of the Indian Fintech Market

Nathan’s India office recently analyzed the financial technology sector in India for the British High Commission in New Delhi. Financial technology, called fintech, is relatively new in India but has already attracted an investment of over $2.5 billion. The report examines the demand, supply, policy and regulatory environment, and other support functions and enablers of the fintech market in India. Indian fintech has primarily supplied digital payment services, as well as personal finance, wealth management, alternative lending, and data analytics services. However, fintech firms in India have access to a ...