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Davos 2016: Questions About Globalization’s End and What Comes Next

Posted by hkarner - 23. Januar 2016

Date: 23-01-2016
Source: Forbes

Each year the World Economic Forum convenes government, industry and activist leaders to offer regional and international proposals along with private-public partnerships. Uncertainty and the expectations for “fundamental, radical global shifts” have permeated the 2016 meeting, explains Paul Laudicina for Forbes. “How leaders manage this system shift in years to come will determine the course the world takes, either towards growth, stability, and integration, or towards fracture and contraction in an increasingly protectionist and isolated environment.” Alternatives to the current form of globalization might include islandization, polarization or a new form of globalization. Leaders meeting at Davos may prefer the new form of globalization, though that requires leadership that can articulate a vision, ensuring global and democratic conversations; demonstrate commitment to ideals and the rule of law with accountability and transparency; and forge connections among diverse cultures. Inequality threatens globalization, unless leaders develop agendas and rally citizens behind proposals that offer opportunity for all. – YaleGlobal

Globalization has stalled; prospects for the world may include islandization, polarization or a new form of globalization that requires leadership

Something is different on the Mountain this year. The tone of the Davos dialogue has shifted markedly in the nearly two decades I’ve trekked to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. The buzz has morphed from global exuberance in the roaring 90s, to post 9/11 shock, to recession obsession, to this year’s focus on fundamental, radical global shifts in process. But where are we headed? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Bank Austria: Osteuropa-Chef im Abgang, Klagen im Anmarsch

Posted by hkarner - 23. Januar 2016

Renate Graber, 23. Jänner 2016, 12:00

In der Bank Austria zeichnen sich weitere Weichenstellungen ab

Wien – In der Unicredit-Tochter Bank Austria (BA) zeichnen sich die nächsten Weichenstellungen ab. Im März verlässt der fürs Osteuropa-Geschäft (CEE) zuständige Manager und BA-Vizechef, Carlo Vivaldi, Wien angeblich Richtung Mailand. Das hört der STANDARD aus Unternehmenskreisen.

Im März 2016 läuft ja der Bank-der-Regionen-Vertrag aus, ab da kann die CEE-Sparte zur Mutter nach Mailand übersiedelt werden. Bisher haben die Österreicher gehofft, dass die Leitung des Geschäfts (selbst wenn es in die Unicredit-Bilanz wandert) in Wien bleibt. Eine Übersiedlung Vivaldis würde diese Hoffnung reduzieren. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Inequality Hits Davos

Posted by hkarner - 23. Januar 2016

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Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima is Executive Director of Oxfam International.

JAN 22, 2016, Project Syndicate

DAVOS – Sixty-two. That is how many of the world’s wealthiest people own as much as the poorest 3.6 billion, down from 388 people in 2010. This shocking figure has made the rounds at this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, as political and business leaders debate how to improve the state of the global economy. The question is whether the global elite attending Davos will take action to combat damagingly high (and growing) economic inequality.

World leaders have been worried about the rise in inequality for several years now; last September, they agreed to a Global Goal to reduce it. Yet the gap between the richest and the rest has continued to grow. This time last year, Oxfam predicted that the wealth of the top 1% would overtake that of the rest of the population by 2016; that milestone was reached two months ahead of schedule. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Posted by hkarner - 23. Januar 2016

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Larry Hatheway

Larry Hatheway is Chief Economist of GAM Holding.

JAN 21, 2016, Project Syndicate

LONDON – Technological innovation has long triggered diametrically opposed reactions: awe of new possibilities for some; for others, fear of disruptive change. But most of us don’t even realize what is happening. We take change for granted.

Human ingenuity is far too little recognized or appreciated, particularly in financial markets. Investors obsess about more pedestrian concerns: fears about a hard landing in China, the repercussions of falling oil prices, and the risk that some shock could tip a fragile world economy into renewed recession or deflation.

Obviously, worries about global demand conditions are not unfounded – surely the last thing the world economy needs now is renewed stress. Yet, for all our angst about excessive debt and policy inadequacy, nothing is as important as human ingenuity for delivering improved living standards and investment opportunities. Indeed, the advent of new technologies holds out the promise of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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