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Colombia
The Latin American nation’s next chapter of success is to build on free trade with the U.S. and the development of the Pacific Alliance
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The Santos administration pursues various interlinked strategies to achieve peace and poverty reduction
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The country’s sustained economic growth and confident, well regulated financial sector demonstrates that Colombia is a serious competitor
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Colombia’s newfound confidence is spurring it to take on the challenge of successfully competing with the world’s best
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Finance
The Sabah Development Corridor was launched in 2008 to enhance the quality of life of its people by accelerating the growth of Sabah’s economy, promoting regional balance and bridging the rural-urban divide. In an interview with PM Communications, President of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (SEDIA) Datuk Yaakub Johari talks about the organization’s role in developing the region, and the context of ASEAN in developing Malaysia and Asia as a whole
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CEO of the Kenyan Bankers Association Mr. Habil Olaka talks to United World about the role played by the banking sector in the country’s remarkable growth and the plans for the future of the industry in Kenya, including a move to create the Nairobi International Financial Center; a hub not only for the EAC and COMESA regions, but for the whole of Africa
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Shaukat Tarin is a senior banker from Pakistan and former Finance Minister of Pakistan (from 2009 to 2010) in the Yousaf Raza Gillani-led government. Under his supervision, the country successfully negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a 23-month $7.6 billion bailout package, which boosted Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves and helped avert a sovereign default. On 7 October 2008, he was appointed adviser to the government and was elevated to the post of finance minister after being elected as a senator from Sindh on 27 July 2009. Tarin resigned from the ministry on February 23, 2010 to "raise equity from the market for Silkbank," which while working at finance ministry was "a clear conflict of interest." He served as an Executive Director of Silk Bank Limited until April 2011. Before his ministerial role, Tarin served as the country manager of Citibank and did tenures as head of Habib Bank, Union Bank, and twice as chairman of Karachi Stock Exchange. He currently sits on the board of Silk Bank
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Infrastructure
Creating inter regional connectivity between the huge Indonesian archipelago is a key priority for the country’s Ministry of Transport. In an interview with United World, the Director General of Civil Aviation Herry Bakti talks about how the DCGA is making continual improvements to its many airports, and having opened 12 new ones in Indonesia last year alone, how the focus is now to take the pressure off Jakarta – the world’s 9th busiest airport – and distribute air traffic more evenly across the country
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The Ministry of Public Works of the Republic of Indonesia is the government institution in charge of providing infrastructure for the country. In an interview with United, the Minister of Public Works Mr. Djoko Kirmanto discusses the infrastructural challenges that Indonesia faces in achieving sustainable economic growth and the government’s focus on improving national connectivity in 2014
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Infrastructure as an asset class is becoming more appealing to institutional investors
The World Economic Forum estimates that $100 trillion dollars will be required in global infrastructure investment between 2010 and 2030
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Industry and Trade
Montruck is a leading vehicle and machinery provider to mining, agriculture and road construction sector established in 1992. President of the group, Ms. Uranchimeg, was voted businesswoman of the year in 2011. In this interview with United World, she speaks about her experience and how it led her to setting up one Mongolia’s top 100 companies
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Mongolia National Diamond Drilling is a 100% Mongolian company that carries out a variety of exploratory operations, looking for gold, copper, coal, mixed metals, iron, and uranium deposits. Mr Banzragch Ts, general director of MNDD, speaks to United World about how his company has become a leader in its field in just four years, as well as MNDD’s work in Mongolia and around the world
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Colombia’s housing deficit stands at around 145,000 homes per year
Grupo Valor, a reliable local and international partner in real estate development, is doing its part to provide Colombians with homes and more
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Education
Now in a period of peace and prosperity, the Colombian government can finally focus more attention and dedicate more resources to improving the education system
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Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, is the founder and chairman of Sunway Group, one of Malaysia’s most formidable property-construction groups, with a multitude of established businesses in more than 40 locations worldwide. With this success, he has also been able to contribute to Malaysia’s future in the form of education through his Jeffrey Cheah Foundation
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Public bodies universities and telecoms play a role in enabling diversification through ICT infrastructure development and knowledge transfer
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Government
In December, Pakistan received ¡Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus status from the EU increase access to the EU market through duty free imports of GSP-eligible products. The new British high commissioner to Pakistan, Phillip Barton, speaks to Upper Reach about the impact of this newfound status and Britain’s role in pushing for it at EU level. He also speaks of his three top priorities as the newly appointed high commissioner: improve the already broad and deep relationship between the two countries particularly by promoting further cooperation in the fields of education and security
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His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip during a state visit to Muscat (Photo: UK Press via Getty Images)
After four decades of increasing prosperity and quality of life, Oman is tackling new and distinct challenges to maintain the momentum of its development
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Kazem Behbehani, Director General Dasman Diabetes Instiute
While Kuwait enjoys one of the best healthcare systems in the world, the country suffers of the highest rates of diabetes with 25-30% of the population already living with the chronic disease. In an interview with United World, Director General of the world renowned Dasman Diabetes Instiute – Dr. Kazem Behbehani – says that while the only real way to combat the oncoming of the disease is through the promotion of more healthy lifestyles, he also stresses how DDI has developed one of the world’s most productive biomedical and clinical research and training programs, its work with the government to provide public health policy support, and its cooperation with major institutions such as Harvard University
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Energy
Economic, territorial and legal conditions favor investment in the mining and energy sectors
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Mongolian Drilling Association (MDA)
Talking to United World, the Executive Director of the Mongolian Drilling Association (MDA) Professor Tseveenjav.J shares his thoughts on the importance of the drilling to a number of the country’s key sectors as well the vital role the MDA for the industry
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Oil and gas reserves that require ever-greater technical skills to extract mean Oman’s petroleum industry is pioneering new methods that have revitalised the nation’s oil sector, while economic diversification will reduce its reliance on petroleum revenues
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Telecoms & ICT
Technology is helping Colombia to develop society through enhanced education and modern communication
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Nawras describes itself as ‘Oman’s customer friendly communications provider.’ In an interview with USA Today, CEO of Nawras Mr. Greg Young explains how the company mirrors the country’s strong cultural value for ‘family and friends’, and how it’s success is rooted in this ethos
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Providing telephonic and Internet services nation-wide, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is the backbone for country's telecommunication infrastructure. In an interview with Upper Reach, President and talks about the potential of ICT growth in Pakistan as competition in the industry increases
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Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the central government demonstrate their ability to leverage Colombia’s strong points and address its challenges
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There are an estimated 200 million acres of land in Sudan, 70% of which is not being utilized. This is why the Government has identified the agriculture and livestock sector as being one of the most important sectors, and it is playing a vital role in food security and employment opportunities and is making a direct contribution to poverty and social development. It already employs 80% of the Sudanese workforce, and accounts for almost 40% of GDP. One of the biggest players in the agriculture in Sudan is Kenana Sugar Company. Managing Director Mohamed Elmardi Eltigani speaks to AFA Press about the agriculture industry, Kenana and its entry into the bionenergy field, and the company’s admirable CSR work
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Agriculture accounts for around 30 per cent of GDP, employs more than 80 per cent of the workforce and needs investment to grow
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Tourism & Culture
Mexico has prioritised the development of Tourism
Mexico’s tourism industry – in which Spain is the largest foreign investor – is growing year on year, contributing an estimated 8.4% to Mexico’s GDP and employing 7 million people
Enchanting and largely unknown to the American tourist, Colombia offers an exciting destination for adventure, culture and health tourism
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Next to one of the most ambitious developments in Oman – an emerging global-scale maritime gateway that ranks among the biggest logistics projects throughout the Middle East region – is an area of protected natural beauty that juxtaposes Duqm’s organically evolved past with its master-planned future
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