Deputy Minister: Identification of new export markets in spotlight

By Aygul Salmanova Expansion of export opportunities for non-oil products in Azerbaijan and identification of new export markets are at the center of attention, Deputy Minister of Economy Sahil Babayev told Azernews. Babayev noted that a number of measures are carried out in order to increase the volume of some "Made in Azerbaijan" products and … Continue reading Deputy Minister: Identification of new export markets in spotlight

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Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

While often portrayed as a pliant client to its larger neighbors, Vientiane's balancing act is more astute than widely recognized By John McBeth   With its sparse 6.7 million population, land-locked Laos is often cast as a passive victim of pell-mell Chinese expansionism, a rich source of raw materials its giant neighbor craves and a … Continue reading Laos dances to survive between China and Vietnam

Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

TEHRAN- Iran and India agreed to sign railway deals worth $2 billion, Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced   In an interview with IRNA in New Delhi, the minister who visited India in a three-day trip from January 10 to 12, said in his meetings with the Indian officials three important issues have been discussed … Continue reading Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

by Reiji Yoshida As the nation struggles with a shortage of workers and an aging population, this is the first in a four-part New Year’s series examining Japan’s immigration policy. Tokyo-based Ips Inc. is a telecom firm specializing in business targeting Japan’s 250,000 Filipinos, the third-largest foreign community in the nation. Masako Uemori, one of … Continue reading Japan’s need for foreign labor to get dire as 2050 nears

Australia’s hard choice between China and US

Canberra has always deftly balanced between Beijing and Washington but it may soon need to choose one over the other By Lachlan Colquhoun   Australia has always believed that it doesn’t have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to … Continue reading Australia’s hard choice between China and US