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Join the 22nd session of the INSMEAcademy
Join the 22nd session of the INSMEAcademy on "Where will future growth come from? Urbanpreneurs: the emergent new class" taking place on the 28th of January 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (CET).
Mr. Esteve Almirall from the Esade Business School will talk about a new type of entrepreneur called urbanpreneur who is transforming our cities. The speaker will also be available for a Q&A session with participants.
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- Name and Surname
Read the abstract of the 22nd session here.
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Green Ventures 2015
27-29 January 2015
Organized by LC Innoconsult International
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2-4 March 2015
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16-19 March 2015
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- Picks in the News
Latvia for the first time has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the 1st of January 2015 taking it over from Italy. The Latvian programme for the forthcoming months will focus on three main priorities:
Competitive Europe, with the main goal to generate jobs and economic growth in the EU. The Latvian Presidency will:
- work on the Investment Plan for Europe;
- continue the work on strengthening the Single Market;
- launch discussions and start working on the Energy Union;
- promote industrial competitiveness.
Digital Europe, to develop the base for a truly digital Europe, in particular by advancing data protection, working on the Telecommunication market package, starting discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy.
Engaged Europe in issues of global importance. In this framework the Latvian Presidency will facilitate the review of the Neighbourhood Policy, stimulate the transatlantic partnership and will focus on the post-2015 development goals.
The OECD (INSME Moral Sponsor) Leed Programme, in collaboration with the European Commission’s DG on Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion recently released “The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014”, a publication providing data and policy analysis on inclusive entrepreneurship and its barriers across the European Union and highlighting how the promotion of entrepreneurship in categories such as women, youth, seniors, unemployed and migrants might help to combat unemployment and stimulate social inclusion.
The report is the second one of a series of publication on “missing entrepreneurs” and contains a focus on two disadvantaged groups: the unemployed and ethnic minority and immigrant entrepreneurs as well as key policy recommendations, such as:
- expand public actions to promote entrepreneurship;
- support motivated people to start up from unemployment by offering start up finance;
- entrepreneurship skills development;
- offer finance and training programmes to ethnic minority entrepreneurs.
The whole report is available here.
Trade finance is essential for International trade, but despite this importance the understanding of the trade finance in Africa is under explored because of the data scarsity, in particular data concerning the size of the market, the variations across sub-regions, the scale of financing gap, the trade finance devoted to intra-African trade, the constraints faced by banks.
To fill this information gap the African Development Bank recently released “Trade Finance in Africa”, a report based on a survey of the trade finance activities performed by commercial banks between 2011 and 2012, in particular the survey covered about 276 banks across 45 African countries on their trade finance activities.
The report shows a positive outlook for trade finance in Africa. Most commercial banks are active in trade finance, with 72% expecting to increase their trade finance activities in the immediate future. However, banks foresee obstacles to their trade finance portfolio and it exists a significant role for governments and development finance istitucions (DFIs), in particular trade facilitation programs addressing USD liquidity.
Read the whole report here