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European Telecommunications Industry on a Transformation Path

by December 12th, 2015
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Over 2009 to 2014, the European telecommunications industry was the only region in the world that did not grow, meaning the area is badly in need of some reforms. Severe fragmentation plagues the industry in Europe as each European country has typically 3 to 4 companies. Tie this in with inconsistent regulation, and generally each […]

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China Set to Own the Second Largest Research and Development Industry by 2020

by December 8th, 2015
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China’s economy, once attractive for its cheap labour force, has been experiencing transformation towards higher value-added services and products. Since due to the more expensive workforce, production of cheap items has been moving towards other low-cost countries such as Vietnam or Bangladesh, China has been gradually switching its focus from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created […]

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OPEC Meets in Vienna to Define Role in the Global Crude Oil Market

by December 2nd, 2015
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Delegates from 12 member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will gather in Vienna on 4 December. With the global oil and gas industry shattered by record low global crude oil prices, representatives of each OPEC country will get together for the second bi-annual meeting of 2015. If the cartel makes […]

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Foreign Direct Investment to Ireland’s Pharmaceutical Industry: Sustaining The Success May Be Challenging

by November 22nd, 2015
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Ireland is undoubtedly becoming the premier world-class pharmaceutical production hub. In spite of relatively small Ireland’s pharmaceutical market, Ireland’s drug manufacturers are receiving  very high levels of foreign investment. For instance, the level of foreign direct investment inward stocks per capita were among the top five highest in Europe over 2014. After the recent announcement about […]

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Russia’s Financial Industry less Attractive for Foreign Investors

by November 19th, 2015
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Falling oil prices, economic sanctions and the weakening ruble have all taken their toll on Russia‘s financial industry, causing profits in this sector to shrink by a staggering US$ 12 billion in 2014. While the largest banks are reeving financial support from the Central Bank, a number of smaller banks were forced to merge or terminate […]

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Germany’s High-End Manufacturing Strategy Paying Off

by November 12th, 2015
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Germany has bucked the trend of shifting manufacturing work to emerging economies like many of its developed counterparts.  This is due to the fact that manufacturing work in Germany is highly technical and requires a skilled workforce,making the work difficult to transfer to low-skilled emerging markets: aerospace, automotive and quality electronics are among the main types […]

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Lithuania Has Developed Perfect Conditions for Wind Energy Expansion

by October 29th, 2015
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Lithuanian electricity interconnectors and accumulation capacity covers 260% of electricity peak load and is expected to reach 360% by 2020 in comparison to just 20% interconnection capacity of the French electricity grid or almost 100% of peak load in Denmark. The international electrical power connections of Lithuania create exceptional potential and promising conditions for renewable […]