Anushka Wijesinha

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Airbus Near Blockbuster $23 Billion Jet Sale to AirAsia

Airasia

There’s something fishy about the US’s new $200 billion tariff list for China

Expressing annoyance over China’s decision to retaliate against $34 billion in US tariffs—rather than contritely mend its ways—the US is moving forward with plans to put duties on another $200 billion in goods.<p>The Office of the United States Trade Representative said July 10 that it had come up …

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Six Asian Free Trade Agreements: A brief overview of performance

Asia has seen a surge in the number of trade agreements within the region over the last one and a half decades. Economic analysts have some key …

Economy

Summer books of 2018: Economics | Financial Times

<b>Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers when Economics and Politics Collide</b>, by Alan Blinder, <i>Basic Books, RRP$18.99</i><p>Princeton’s Alan Blinder argues …

Economics

Why the U.S. Should Drop All Tariffs

President Trump has announced tariffs on $50 billion of imports from China, $34 billion of which will come into effect on July 6, saying it will force that country to be a better trading partner. China, not surprisingly, said it would slap $50 billion of its own tariffs on American goods in …

Economics

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There

The most important thing about the company’s big renewable push might be that it’s bringing everyone–from suppliers to local utilities–along for the ride.<p>You have to see Apple’s Reno, Nevada, data center from the inside to truly understand how huge it is. It’s made up of five long white buildings …

Renewable Energy

Globalization 4.0: Evolution or Revolution?

In his 1817 book <i>On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation</i>, David Ricardo presented a streamlined view of the world that proved so useful …

Globalization

Front Row Episode 25: Sonny Fisher & Shiran Fernando

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The Future of Manufacturing in the Global South

WASHINGTON, DC – In emerging markets, manufacturing has historically been a source of productivity, growth, and jobs. Since the 1950s, …

Manufacturing

Tariffs Unlikely to Bring Back Many U.S. Blue-Collar Jobs, Study Finds

Protectionist trade measures may boost U.S. manufacturing output, but those factories now rely on robots and fewer, better-educated workers<p>Trade barriers aimed at protecting U.S. factories could boost manufacturing output, but are unlikely to bring back many blue-collar jobs. The U.S. shed about …

Tariffs

Liberal World Order, R.I.P.

America’s decision to abandon the global system it helped build, and then preserve for more than seven decades, marks a turning point, because others …

Will China Out-Innovate the West?

NEW YORK – From the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, Western countries attributed their economic growth to the discoveries of …

Innovation

Sri Lanka formulating strategy for digital economy

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka is developing a National Financial Inclusion Strategy focusing on payment gateways and digital financial services, in a …

Sri Lanka

Asia-Pacific nations sign sweeping trade deal without U.S.

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Eleven countries including Japan and Canada signed a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement without the United States on Thursday in what one minister called a powerful signal against protectionism and trade wars.<p>The deal came as U.S. President Donald Trump vowed earlier in the …

Economy

'A serious attack' -- Major US trading partners blast Trump's tariffs

President Donald Trump has moved ahead with steep tariffs on steel and aluminum, upsetting many of America's biggest trading partners.<p>The measures are more nuanced than whatTrump and his advisers had initially threatened to do. Canada and Mexico are exempt from the tariffs for the time being, and …

Sierra Leone Secretly Holds First Blockchain-Audited Presidential Vote

Behind the scenes of Sierra Leone's presidential election Wednesday, a second, perhaps larger milestone was quietly achieved.<p>As voters in the …

Most Lankan CEOs upbeat, but labour shortages a cause of concern

• <b>First-time Oxford Business Group Business Barometer Sri Lanka CEO survey made public</b><p>Almost three-quarters (73%) of high-level executives interviewed …

Silicon Valley’s Tax-Avoiding, Job-Killing, Soul-Sucking Machine

Four companies dominate our daily lives unlike any other in human history: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. We love our nifty phones and just-a-click-away services, but these behemoths enjoy unfettered economic domination and hoard riches on a scale not seen since the monopolies of the gilded …

When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office

On the far eastern edge of Miami’s Little Havana, beyond a tall black gate, sit four century-old wooden buildings made of strong Dade County pine, arranged around a courtyard with a pool. Letters on the frontmost building’s pale yellow facade identify it as the Miami River Inn. One of the city’s …

What Makes an Inventor?

Economists have long examined the factors determining whether someone becomes an inventor, and they have generally found that the best step aspiring …

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

The world's biggest sovereign wealth funds in 2017

Morten Falch Sortland | Moment | Getty Images<p>10. China’s National Social Security Fund<p>Guang Niu - Getty Images<p>9. Qatar Investment Authority<p>Photo by …