The Korean Quotient: Hedging Bets in Asia

With just 22 percent of its topography composed of arable land, South Korea is a nation of hills and mountains. Island nations and nations with little arable land must often balance between domestic production and international imports to feed its citizens and maintain prudent import/export levels. While rice is the Republic of South Korea’s (ROK)…

The Asian Dream: Vietnam’s Rise From Ruin

It is hard to believe that just 45 years ago, Vietnam was reeling from a long bitter war with U. S., the most powerful nation on the planet at that time.  In March of 1973, the last US troops withdrew from Vietnam and former U.S. president, Richard M. Nixon is reported declaring, “the day we…

Slow Death of Fiat Currency Fuels New Gold Rush

It was recently reported that Russia had heavily divested from American debt, with holdings falling by half in April 2018 according to data released by U.S. Treasury Department. The former Cold War Super Power is following suit with China and buying Gold. Readers will also note that China too has heavily divested from American debt…

Turkey: Innovative Trade Hub of the Future

In 2013 Turkey’s Simplified Customs Corridor with Russia amassed a trade volume of $100 million dollars, by 2015 the trade volume had rose by nearly 50 percent to 142 million dollars.  The rise in trade volume for this voluntary agreement signed in 2008 helps exporting companies simplify customs procedures.  Due to its key position in…

A Trade War of the Worlds

In 2014, China held over a third of U.S. debt, amounting to nearly 18 trillion USD.  In just four years, that number has dwindled to a paltry 1.18 trillion, due in large part to China’s rapid sell-off of American currency.  In the past, nations sought U.S. dollars as a guarantee to ensure fiscal stability due…

Is NAFTA a Roadmap for Africa’s Continental Free Trade Agreement?

The deadline to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is set for the end of March; but it is currently under renegotiation, with the U.S. and Canada making some of the biggest changes. The current administration has been skeptical of NAFTA’s economic benefit; with experts also disagreeing over how effective the agreement has…

Angola and The Changing Face of Debt

In early February 2018, Angola signed a 70-million-dollar agreement with the World Bank to develop the nation’s local economy.   The loan is specifically targeted at infrastructure construction of medical centers, staff residences and other public works. The African nation has unsuccessfully sought to attract investors and appears to be turning its aspirations inward.  Like many…

Panama’s Multinational Future

The Panama Trade and Investment Agency (PROVINEX) hails itself as the “Ultimate Destination for Multinationals investing in Latin America.”  For many developing economies, attracting foreign investment has been the primary goal.  According to figures released by PROVINEX, more than 140 multinationals have invested in the Latin American nation since 2007.  It’s top three investors being…

UK Refocusing on Farming and Agriculture

While the push toward agricultural development in recent times has been thought to be the domain of developing economies, the United Kingdom has begun its own investment in the sector.  According to a UK government press release in February, a £60 million grant scheme has been introduced to bolster and support dairy farming in the…