Article: Socio-Economic Scenario of South Asia: An Overview of Impacts of Covid-19

The competitive environment in the service industry requires firms to constantly improve business practices to be profitable and competitive. The airline industry, characterized by human interaction and delivery of services, is most in need of research in competitive advantage. This research explores and identifies the critical sources of competitive advantage from a customer-oriented perspective in the globalized airline market.

Research: The Interplay Between Natural Resources And Economic Development: Evidence Of The Nascent Ugandan Petroleum Industry

Countries in Africa have generally exhibited low levels of economic development and poor standards of living of citizens despite their enormous natural resources wealth (Atkinson & Hamilton, 2003). This tendency has been attributed to daunting challenges related to the exploitation of especially Africa’s extractive natural resources (Seedwell & Gladys, 2017). One of the significant issues is that the benefits accruing from exploitation of the Continent’s natural resources often do not flow through to the populace (Ayuk & Klege, 2017). However, the evidence presented in the literature on whether or not there exists a possible link between natural resources and economic development are mixed or inconclusive

Book: Paths To Nowhere-Africa’s Endless Walk To Economic Freedom

Africa is wealthy beneath the soil. Gold, diamonds, and other precious natural resources have, from ancient times, pulled people from all over the world to Africa, and yet the masses whose feet tread on such riches are being led on unknown paths with virtually nothing to show to the world but poverty. The worsening situation regarding poverty, unemployment, hunger, violence, illiteracy, disease, environmental degradation, etc. pose a security threat not only for the people of Africa but the entire world.

Research: Sustainable Anti-Poverty Strategies In The Context of Family Complexity: An Investigation of Northern Nigeria

Poverty and poverty reduction are prominent topics of discussion at international development meetings. Despite the existence of both private and public initiatives to combat it, over 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, about half of whom are in sub-Saharan African countries (MDG, 2015). Poverty Global Practice, a poverty policy monitoring and evaluation unit of the World Bank, indicates that, for countries in Africa, poverty continues to rise because anti-poverty policies fail to reduce poverty (PGP, 2016), a view shared by the literature on poverty reduction in Africa (Dagusta, 2007; McCloskey, 2015). It has been suggested that more comprehensive and coordinated methods could help anti-poverty programmes overcome some of the major challenges to alleviating global poverty (Ravallion, 2016). In line with this suggestion, the proposed research examines the potential of sustainable anti-poverty strategies through the triangulation of three research domains: multidimensional poverty, family functioning, and social justice theories. The contemplated research attempts to construct a new conceptual framework that better integrates theory with praxis to explain the impact of poverty and, thus, develop a sustainable model for anti-poverty policies for sub-Saharan African countries with particular focus on the family as complexities of poverty.

Research: International Business in the East African Community: An Examination of the Implementation of the Common Market Protocol

The East African Community (EAC) marks one among many of the attempts of East African countries to unite. As far back as the colonial era, these countries sought economic and social integration through the construction of the Kenya-Uganda railway in 1897. The East African Community ratified the Common Market Protocol (CMP) in 2010 with the aim of increasing intra-regional trade by allowing the free movement of factors of production, such as capital, people, goods, and services. It’s objective was giving EAC citizens the rights to reside and to establish themselves or business ventures anywhere within the region’s boundaries (Gastorn & Masinde, 2017). The growth in trade would, in turn, promote the region’s integration. However, the EAC member states are yet to fully embrace the protocol despite the anticipated benefits. The process has dragged over the years due to numerous setbacks (Moywaywa, 2015). Thus, the proposed research intends to investigate the implementation of the CMP as an impediment to the region’s advancement. The contemplated research intends to analyze the hindrances to the CMP’s full adoption through theories of international trade, regional integration and economic growth. The ultimate goal of the contemplated research is to construct a new conceptual model or framework that better explains the implementation of the EAC Common market protocol. In particular, the contemplated research will examine these characteristics through a triangulated research approach including: a literature review, content analysis of policy and EAC common market data, and the interviewing of selected individuals from the member state governments, regional trade bodies and private sector practitioners across the region.

Book: China Branch Office-Accelerating Business Expansion Throughout Mainland China

Organizations seeking expansion for their operations in China have a number of options to facilitate business development. Both domestic and foreign invested companies consider branch offices to be a popular investment vehicle for fast expansion in China due to their comparable low incorporation requirements including no capital requirements and easy maintenance, but allow for a formal representation. The information in this publication is not exhaustive, but aims to provide entrepreneurs with an in-depth understanding of the purposes China based branch offices serve and the advantages and limitations of the different types of branch offices and set-up of administrative organizations.

Research: Managing Stakeholder And Indigenous Interests In Regulatory Reviews And Decision Making

Construction of infrastructure megaprojects is a critical component of global economic growth and development (Cantú, 2017; Flyvbjerg, 2014). These large-scale, complex, multi-year developments include highways, railways, mining and hydroelectric facilities, oil and gas facilities and pipelines. Megaproject capital costs typically exceed $1 billion USD and are financed by corporations, governments or public-private partnerships (Delmon, 2017; Merrow, 2011). An example of megaproject development in Canada is the need for new energy pipelines to serve domestic and international markets. While Canada was recently hailed as an emerging “World Energy Superpower” there are industry, government, stakeholder and Indigenous concerns with the process, participation, pace and outcomes of pipeline regulatory reviews and decision making (Forrester, Howie, & Ross, 2015). This resulted in the loss of billions of dollars of Canadian private investment, tax revenues and economic development in the past decade. The contemplated research will review the literature on public-private interests, stakeholder management, social licence and decision making. A triangulated, mixed methods approach including content analysis and interviews will be used. The case study focuses on Canadian pipeline megaprojects proposed between 1997 and 2017 and will compare similar megaprojects in the United States and Mexico. The goal is to develop a conceptual framework or model to better describe how the management of stakeholder and Indigenous interests in the pipeline regulatory review process can lead to improved, collaborative, and more timely decision making.

Research: The Delivery of Public-Private Partnership Projects: A Study of the Ghanaian Construction Industry

Public private partnerships have been adopted in the Ghanaian economic development agenda as a viable solution to meet the country’s infrastructure needs since 2000. The adoption has become significant in the reality of the shortage of government financial resources coupled with public sector inefficiencies. Following this, Ghana has made several attempts to practically reap the benefit of PPP under its infrastructure development. Unfortunately, there have been reports of massive failures in the PPP initiatives since 2000 by previous governments and reports on several challenges that are perceived to have deterred private investors from responding quickly to this need.

Article: Multiple Regression Analysis of Diversification Effect On GDP Per Capita: The Case of UAE & Saudi Arabia

Publisher: AJEM: Asian Journal of Economic Modelling Date: June-2017 Issue: Vol. 5, No.3, 253-265 Publication Type: Article Authors: Ms. Rola Mourdaa, MA Keywords: Gulf cooperation council (GCC), Diversification, Gross domestic product (GDP), Regression analysis, GDP/Capita, UAE, Saudi Arabia Link: Multiple Regression Analysis of Diversification Effect On GDP Per Capita: The Case of UAE & Saudi Arabia Abstract: Since the 1990s, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries aimed to focus in their economic planning on diversification … Read more…