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  • What are the BRICS+ multipliers?

    What are the BRICS+ multipliers?

    The current paradigm of BRICS expansion focused on the expansion of the core and the creation of a “partnership belt” presents clear short-term opportunities (in the form of an enlarged platform with a greater weight on the international arena), but is fraught with longer term challenges (need for clear selection criteria, mounting difficulty of arriving…

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  • BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting: expansion and payment systems on the agenda

    BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting: expansion and payment systems on the agenda

    The meeting of BRICS Foreign Ministers in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, took place on June 10-11, 2024 and featured a number of priorities, of which two of the most important were BRICS expansion and new payment systems. Compared to earlier such meetings the economic agenda appears to have become more important, though some of the key…

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  • Is Latin America the next Southeast Asia?

    Is Latin America the next Southeast Asia?

    The scale of transformation that the global economy has been going through in the past several years called increasingly into question the standard notions on the prospects of country economic performance. India’s high growth rates amid China’s growth weakness in recent periods fed expectations of “India becoming the next China” in the emerging market space.…

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  • Scenarios for regionalism in the G20

    Scenarios for regionalism in the G20

    After the accession of the African Union (AU) into the G20, there may be further scope for more regional integration blocs to be represented in the G20 platform. In particular, Brazil has opted to invite MERCOSUR as its key regional integration project to participate in the G20 2024 meetings. The membership of the African Union…

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  • India’s post-electoral priorities

    India’s post-electoral priorities

    India’s election results this week have surprised most observers across the globe as the governing BJP party sustained substantial losses to its representation in the country’s Lok Sabha legislature. While together with allies from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Narendra Modi’s BJP party managed to secure a majority in the lower house of India’s parliament…

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  • From chokepoints to bridges: a different look at the world map

    From chokepoints to bridges: a different look at the world map

    In the midst of geopolitical storms and supply disruptions the focus of analysts and observers has been on the geographical chokepoints in the world economy such as the Suez canal (nearly 22% of global seaborne container trade passed through the canal in 2023[1]), the Straight of Hormuz (about a fifth of the volume of the…

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  • Thailand prepares for BRICS entry

    Thailand prepares for BRICS entry

    The circle of developing economies expressing the desire to join the BRICS grouping continues to expand in 2024 and this time it is one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia. According to Thailand’s Government spokesman Chai Wacharonke, on May 28, 2024 the cabinet approved a draft of the official letter that indicates Thailand’s intention…

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  • Business model innovation in EM: towards a BRICS+ business model

    Business model innovation in EM: towards a BRICS+ business model

    In the discussions on the future evolution of the BRICS+ format the macro perspective as well as the geo-political/geo-economic view frequently overshadow the micro-level discussions regarding new business models and firm-to-firm modes of cooperation to be employed by entrepreneurs. In reality, the BRICS+ construct as a macro-level concept that envisages various forms of international cooperation…

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  • Singapore trip notes (part 2)

    Singapore trip notes (part 2)

    In Singapore you come to realize that this is the ultimate frontier of the world economy – the country is faced with a plethora of challenges and constraints that it has to constantly monitor, evaluate and deliver an effective response. It also has to devise long-term plans of how these challenges are to be met…

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  • Singapore trip notes (part 1)

    Singapore trip notes (part 1)

    “One arm of my strategy was to make Singapore into an oasis in Southeast Asia, for if we had First World standards, then businessmen and tourists would make us a base for their business and tours in the region”            — Lee Kuan Yew Last week I was in Singapore with a full week of…

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