Crimea Refocuses on Tourism in Push for Economic Diversification

When the tiny 10,000 square mile (27 km) peninsula known as Crimea fell into political unrest, its future was in doubt.  The row which started in the aftermath of an election pitted Western powers against Russia in what became a standoff over time.  Despite its elections to the contrary, the official record for the U.S….

Making Small Farmers Count

In January of this year, Hawaii extended a series of workshops for the specialty crop block grant and marketing assistance programs. The workshops were in response to funds released by the U.S. Farm Bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make local farmers internationally competitive in the area of specialized crops. The six…

The Economics of Dominance: A New World Order

Just when it seemed a comprise had been reached between China and the US on trade; there was the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Arrested in Canada for extradition on December 1, Meng faces charges levied by the US Justice Department. The unusual case has come under scrutiny and garnered nervous murmurs from sectors…

Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world. “You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was…

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…

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…

Growth Powers Belt and Road

China and the US in the recent G20 Summit traded barbs regarding China’s Steel overcapacity which is having a drastic impact on the world steel market.  The US particularly sees the PRC’s steel over production  as a threat to its own industries.  However this is also complicated by the socioeconomic changes within the US in…

Akon Is Right About Branding Africa

Akon is right.  Yes, I’m talking about the hip hop rapper turned businessman and solar energy magnate.   As an entrepreneur and communications professional I can appreciate what the musician has done; as well as the comments he made at this year’s Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Kigali, Rawanda. At the Summit, Akon highlighted a critical…