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24 March2017
Call for candidates to the G7 Youth Summit

Call for candidates to the G7 Youth Summit

During the Italian G7 Presidency, the Young Ambassador Society and G7 Italy are organizing the G7 Youth Summit that will take place in Rome on May 7-9, 2017 with young delegates from all the G7 countries. The main theme will be "Rethinking Innovation as a catalyst for inclusive, open and sustainable...
23 March2017
The article by CIIR Head Dr. Marina Larionova and Research Andrey Shelepov devoted to the New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for a number of thematic spheres

The article by CIIR Head Dr. Marina Larionova and Research Andrey Shelepov devoted to the New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for a number of thematic spheres

The article by CIIR Head Dr. Marina Larionova and Research Andrey Shelepov devoted to the New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for a number of thematic spheres, in particular INTL: Economic & Financial Issues (Topic), P...
23 March2017
NDB Announced Programme for Second Annual Meeting in New Delhi

NDB Announced Programme for Second Annual Meeting in New Delhi

The New Development Bank has announced the Programme of the NDB Second Annual Meeting that will be held on 31 March - 2 April 2017 in New Delhi, Republic of India. Main EventsThe Opening Ceremony of the NDB Second Annual Meeting will be held at Taj Palace Hotel on 1 April 2017. It will be followed b...
23 March2017
New Development Bank and European Investment Bank Discuss Potential Areas of Cooperation

New Development Bank and European Investment Bank Discuss Potential Areas of Cooperation

The President of the New Development Bank Mr. K.V.Kamath and the Vice President of European Investment Bank Mr. Jonathan Taylor had a meeting at the NDB Transitional Office in Shanghai, China on March 23, 2017 and discussed issues of mutual interest, including potential areas of cooperation at opera...
23 March2017
AIIB Bank approves 13 new applicants; Expands membership to 70

AIIB Bank approves 13 new applicants; Expands membership to 70

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) announced that its Board of Governors has adopted resolutions approving 13 applicants to join the Bank, bringing the Bank’s total approved membership to 70 on March 23, 2017. This is the first time AIIB has welcomed new prospective members to the Bank ...
22 March2017
B20 finalizes recommendations for G20 Sherpa Meeting

B20 finalizes recommendations for G20 Sherpa Meeting

The finalized B20 recommendations were presented one the eve of the G20 Sherpas` meeting in Paris on March 22, 2017. “If we want to ensure future-oriented, sustainable economic growth, business has an important role to play. We are ready to do so.” said B20-President Jürgen Heraeus during the final ...
22 March2017
Science20 Dialogue Forum

Science20 Dialogue Forum

Science20 Dialogue Forum under the German G20 presidency was held on March 22, 2017 in Saale. The theme of the forum was improving global health. The participants discussed strategies and tools to combat communicable and non-communicable diseases. The recommendations of the forum were officially han...
22 March2017
B7-Italy: Global Trade, Innovation and Sustainability

B7-Italy: Global Trade, Innovation and Sustainability

The B7-Italy will focus its recommendations to the G7 Summit of Taormina on two major priorities of the global economic agenda: “Trade Governance” and “Innovation and Sustainability”. Trade governance is losing pace with globalization, protectionist trends are unprecedented in recent history and a f...
21 March2017
Business leaders urge G20 to put climate change back on agenda

Business leaders urge G20 to put climate change back on agenda

Business executives and scientists urged the world's leading economies to put global warming back on the G20 agenda after finance ministers and central bankers failed to reaffirm their readiness to finance measures against climate change.The G20's outreach organizations for business (B20), think tan...
21 March2017
Second meeting of the G7 Sherpas in Florence

Second meeting of the G7 Sherpas in Florence

The second meeting of the G7 Sherpas was held in Florence on March 21, 2017. The meeting, chaired by the Italian Sherpa, Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, focused on: climate and energy, innovation, skills and labor, gender inequality, global economy, human mobility, Africa outreach, foreign affairs an...
19 March2017
UNCTAD has just released the latest issue of its Investment Policy Monitor

UNCTAD has just released the latest issue of its Investment Policy Monitor

Thirty three countries took 49 investment policy measures in the review period (October 2016 – February 2017). Most of them improved entry conditions or promoted and facilitated foreign investment, with developing countries and transition economies taking the lead. New foreign investment-related reg...
19 March2017
BRICS Paradigm Breaks New Grounds in Geopolitical Order

BRICS Paradigm Breaks New Grounds in Geopolitical Order

In his interview to Global Times Swaran Singh, Professor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University speaks about the BRICS role in forming the global order in the new geopolitical context. According to Professor Singh, in the context of US President Donald Trump's “America First” rhetoric and the complicati...
18 March2017
G20 finance ministers and central bank governors met under the German presidency

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors met under the German presidency

The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting was held in Baden-Baden on 17-18 March 2017. The participants discussed the progress in global economic recovery, monetary, fiscal and structural policy tools to achieve the common goal of strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth...
17 March2017
First Meeting of the G7 Working Group on Human Mobility

First Meeting of the G7 Working Group on Human Mobility

The first meeting of the G7 Working Group on Human Mobility, created by the Italian G7 presidency was held on March 17, 2017 in Rome.During the meeting the experts addressed many aspects of what the Italian government has listed as a priority of the G7 Presidency: the issue of human mobility. A choi...
17 March2017
G20 work on resource efficiency

G20 work on resource efficiency

During its G20 Presidency, Germany is pushing strongly for a dialogue on the sustainable use of natural resources. The sustainable use of natural resources is now on the agenda of a G20 summit for the first time ever. Germany is using its G20 Presidency to step up cooperation with G20 partners in th...
15 March2017
G7 Environment preparations are ongoing

G7 Environment preparations are ongoing

Last Wednesday at the OECD headquarters, the Italian Ministry of Environment organized a meeting with representatives of the other G7 Countries for a joint update regarding the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue as foreseen by the Paris Agreement. The meeting’s aim was to focus the G7 countries’ expectation...
15 March2017
G20 consumer summit took place

G20 consumer summit took place

The first G20-format consumer summit under the theme “Building a digital world consumers can trust” was organized under the German G20 presidency in Berlin on 14-15 March 2017. The G20 consumer summit was hosted jointly by the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, the world association Consumer I...
10 March2017
New G20 postage stamp

New G20 postage stamp

To mark Germany’s G20 Presidency the Federal Ministry of Finance has issued a commemorative postage stamp. The commemorative stamp shows the logo of Germany’s G20 Presidency, whose motto is “Shaping an interconnected world”. The logo is a reef knot which symbolically brings together the many differe...
10 March2017
The article on the G20 2017 Finance Track priorities by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble released

The article on the G20 2017 Finance Track priorities by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble released

By assuming this year’s G20 presidency, Germany is taking on responsibility for international cooperation at a very significant time. The global economy is in good shape, and this now also includes Europe. But the risk of war and conflict and the rise of populist movements have made many people anxi...
10 March2017
German G20 presidency and World Health Organization (WHO) called for development of new vaccines against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

German G20 presidency and World Health Organization (WHO) called for development of new vaccines against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

In response to an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Health, has now published the first ever global list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which currently pose the greatest threat to human health. Fighting antimicrobial resistance is a priority of Germany’s G20 Presidency.The list was dra...
09 March2017
BRICS Push Back Against EU, US on Drug Patents

BRICS Push Back Against EU, US on Drug Patents

BRICS member countries are likely to turn to the World Trade Organization in what is shaping up to be a dispute with the EU and US over pharmaceutical patents. In the past decade, BRICS countries – in addition to emerging markets like Kenya, South Korea, Cuba, Egypt and others – have aggressively pu...
08 March2017
Nice to meet you G7

Nice to meet you G7

On March 8, 2017 in Rome, “Nice To Meet You G7” kicked off a series of side events that will lead to the Transport Ministerial Meeting in Cagliari, where the relevant Ministers of Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the USA as well as the European Commissioner for Transport will gather...
08 March2017
Closing the gender gap: a top priority for the Italian G7 Presidency

Closing the gender gap: a top priority for the Italian G7 Presidency

The issue of gender equality has recently assumed increasing importance for the G7. In 2015, for the first time, the German Presidency prioritized women’s economic empowerment as one of the key issues on the G7 Agenda. It also added a gender lens to many other issue areas, including food security, p...
07 March2017
AIIB Says No to Doing Business with Corrupt Bidders

AIIB Says No to Doing Business with Corrupt Bidders

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has taken another step towards solidifying its anti-corruption policies by voluntarily adopting the list of sanctioned firms and individuals under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions (AMEDD), effective March 1, 2017. This means ...
06 March2017
China to Push 'Sovereign' Internet Vision at BRICS Summit

China to Push 'Sovereign' Internet Vision at BRICS Summit

China has released a new white paper on its cyber strategy.China's paper underlined how many countries, such as China and Russia, are pushing the vision of "sovereign" nationally-administered and controlled cyberspace communities.Chinese officials said that as China hosts the BRICS Summit later this...
02 March2017
Working relationship between SRCIC and AIIB

Working relationship between SRCIC and AIIB

The meeting between the representatives of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) was held at the AIIB headquarters in Beijing on 2 March 2017. The SRCIC delegation was headed by Chairman Lu. The AIIB contingent was led by Sir Danny Al...
01 March2017
BRICS summit dates under the Chinese presidency announced

BRICS summit dates under the Chinese presidency announced

Follow up the first BRICS Sherpa meeting it was announced that the 9th BRICS Summit will be held in Xiamen of Fujian province of China on September 3-5, 2017. Press-release at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs web-site...
27 February2017
AIIB and Republic of Korea sign MOU to launch AIIB 2017 Annual Meeting

AIIB and Republic of Korea sign MOU to launch AIIB 2017 Annual Meeting

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB/the Bank) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 27, 2017 finalizing arrangements for the organization of the 2017 AIIB Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting is being co-hosted by the Bank and the Government...
24 February2017
First technical meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with ANCI

First technical meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with ANCI

On February 24, 2017 the Italian Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta and Veronica Nicotra, Secretary General of the National Association of Italian Municipalities, had a first technical meeting. The event focused on the city’s role in the framework of the fourth Industrial Revolution.Urban areas now gener...
24 February2017
2017 First BRICS Sherpa Meeting Concludes Successfully

2017 First BRICS Sherpa Meeting Concludes Successfully

From February 23 to 24, 2017, the first BRICS Sherpa meeting was held in Nanjing of Jiangsu province. State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended and addressed the opening ceremony. China’s Sherpa for BRICS Affairs and Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong presided over the meeting. Nearly 100 people including ...
22 February2017
NDB Board of Directors discussed Bank's strategy and other issues during 8th meeting in Shanghai

NDB Board of Directors discussed Bank's strategy and other issues during 8th meeting in Shanghai

The Board of Directors (BoD) of the New Development Bank has met in Shanghai on February 22, 2017 and discussed items on its agenda, including the Strategy of the Bank and other important issues. The Board was briefed on the ongoing work of the NDB, including the Africa Regional Center, member count...
22 February2017
International Conference BRICS and Africa Development

International Conference BRICS and Africa Development

The International Conference on BRICS and Africa Development will be held on 22 – 24 March 2017 in Nelson Mandela University. The conference will be organized by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) BRICS Research Centre & the South African Department of International Relations & Coope...
22 February2017
G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

On February 22-24 the “G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction” held its three-day meeting. The Global Partnership is a multilateral initiative launched in 2002 at the Kananaskis Summit in Canada as a tool to consolidate peace and international stability...
22 February2017
Meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with the ILO

Meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with the ILO

On 22 February 2017, the Italian Sherpa, Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, met with Stephen Pursey, Senior Policy G7/G20 Coordinator of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Rome. During the meeting, Ambassador Trombetta and ILO representatives took stock of the current state of play of the cooperat...
22 February2017
WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained ...
18 February2017
OECD published a Survey of Corporate Governance Frameworks in Asia

OECD published a Survey of Corporate Governance Frameworks in Asia

The survey presents information for 14 jurisdictions and is based on questionnaire responses from organisations including securities regulators, institutes of directors, stock exchanges and governance centres. The jurisdictions included in the survey are Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong,...
18 February2017
Vnesheconombank (VEB) and BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) are discussing several joint projects

Vnesheconombank (VEB) and BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) are discussing several joint projects

It was announced by VEB Chairman Sergey Gorkov to RIA Novosti. According to him, several concrete agreements are likely to be signed in the second half of 2017. Press-release at the BRICS informational web-site Main results of the CIIR research project "Analysis of the BRICS New Development Bank a...
17 February2017
G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn

G20 Foreign Ministers met in Bonn

The meeting of foreign ministers of the G20 member countries under the German presidency was held in Bonn on February 16-17, 2017. The choice of the meeting venue was not a fluke. Holding the meeting in one of the cities where the United Nations is based was a mark of support for international coope...
15 February2017
New OECD blog on development starts its work

New OECD blog on development starts its work

The blog provides the materials by policy makers, opinion leaders, experts, private sector and civil society representatives in developing and OECD countries. The materials are organized by regions (Africa, Asia and Latin America), and topics (climate change, development finance, food security, gend...
15 February2017
Meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with the OECD

Meeting of the Italian G7 Presidency with the OECD

On 15 February 2017, the Italian Sherpa, Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, had a bilateral meeting with Gabriela Ramos, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, Chief of Staff and Sherpa of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During the meeting, Ambassador Trombetta and M...
15 February2017
World Trade Outlook Indicator suggests moderate trade momentum in first quarter of 2017

World Trade Outlook Indicator suggests moderate trade momentum in first quarter of 2017

The WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI) suggests that global trade growth will continue to build moderately in the first quarter of 2017 after having strengthened in the final quarter of last year. Trade-related indicators including air freight, automobile sales, export orders and cont...
13 February2017
G7 priorities presented to IFAD

G7 priorities presented to IFAD

On February 13th, 2017 Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, the Italian G7 Sherpa, attended the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) where he outlined the Italian G7 Presidency’s agenda.The Ambassador highlighted the three priorities our Country will focus...
10 February2017
The 12th G200 Youth Forum 2017 will be held on 6 December — 10 December 2017 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

The 12th G200 Youth Forum 2017 will be held on 6 December — 10 December 2017 in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates

The G200 Youth Forum 2017 will be organised by the Swiss-based G200 Association. The 12th G200 Youth Forum will be one of the largest international events organised for young leaders from around 200 countries in 2017. And over 300 young leaders, students and academics, representatives of the busines...
10 February2017
German G20 presidency representatives attended the German-African Business Summit in Nairobi, Kenia

German G20 presidency representatives attended the German-African Business Summit in Nairobi, Kenia

The German-African Business Summit is taking place on 9 and 10 February 2017 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. At the German-African Business Summit in the Kenyan capital, some 400 representatives of African and German businesses and associations, and politicians will be providing impetus for more invest...
10 February2017
Advanced course ends for chairs of National Committees on Trade Facilitation

Advanced course ends for chairs of National Committees on Trade Facilitation

An Advanced Course for the chairs of National Committees on Trade Facilitation took place from 30 January to 10 February at the WTO headquarters to help prepare the participants for the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). It was attended by 23 government officials from 20 Frenc...
09 February2017
Spokesperson Steffen Seibert answers your questions on the G20

Spokesperson Steffen Seibert answers your questions on the G20

What does the G20 decide about? Why do the heads of state and government need to meet in one place in the age of the internet? Couldn’t they have a video conference? You have asked lots of questions about Germany’s G20 Presidency. Federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert answers them in this ...
09 February2017
AIIB and IFC Sign ISDA Master Agreement to Expand Infrastructure Investments in Asia

AIIB and IFC Sign ISDA Master Agreement to Expand Infrastructure Investments in Asia

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have signed an International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreement to enhance their capacity to make investments in emerging-markets projects, especially in Asia’s infrastructure sector. It...
08 February2017
Women’s 7 Announced

Women’s 7 Announced

The Italian government announced recently that it will be hosting a Women’s 7 – bringing together specialists, governments, civil society and academics to discuss the range of women’s issues including leadership, access to quality jobs, work-life balance to close the wage gap and violence against wo...
08 February2017
Chinese BRICS presidency priorities announced

Chinese BRICS presidency priorities announced

The presidency will be held under theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”.Four key priorities include: 1) deepen BRICS cooperation for common development; 2) enhance global governance to jointly meet challenges; 3) carry out people-to-people exchanges to support BRICS cooperation; ...
03 February2017
T20 Africa conference was organized under the German G20 presidency

T20 Africa conference was organized under the German G20 presidency

For the first time since the establishment of the Think20 (T20) process, Think Tanks from across Africa have met with T20 Think Tanks to discuss the G20 agenda and potential opportunities for Africa – G20 cooperation. The T20 Africa conference provided a forum to discuss how Africa and the G20 could...
01 February2017
OECD released a new video on work with its statistical database

OECD released a new video on work with its statistical database

Gain a comprehensive overview of how to work with statistics on OECD iLibrary through a concrete example— a research project on "Teachers' salaries"— from search to citation. Discover how to access this data through the 'Statistics' page of OECD iLibrary as 'Indicators', 'Databases', archived data i...
31 January2017
According to the new World Bank research, improving governance is key to ensuring equitable growth in developing countries

According to the new World Bank research, improving governance is key to ensuring equitable growth in developing countries

A new World Bank policy report urges developing countries and international development agencies to rethink their approach to governance, as a key to overcoming challenges related to security, growth, and equity. The 2017 World Development Report: Governance and the Law explores how unequal distribu...
27 January2017
Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being

Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being

The OECD's Going Digital project is a multidisciplinary, cross-cutting initiative that aims to help policymakers in all relevant policy areas better understand the digital transformation that is taking place across different sectors of the economy and society as a whole. It will articulate recommend...
27 January2017
Seven more jurisdictions sign tax co-operation agreement to enable automatic sharing of country-by-country information (BEPS Action 13)

Seven more jurisdictions sign tax co-operation agreement to enable automatic sharing of country-by-country information (BEPS Action 13)

As part of continuing efforts to boost transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs), Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius and the Russian Federation have now signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by-Country Reporting (CbC MCAA), bringing the total nu...
27 January2017
The Italian G7 Presidency begins: the Sherpa’s first meeting in Rome

The Italian G7 Presidency begins: the Sherpa’s first meeting in Rome

The work of the G7 year under Italy’s Presidency got under way with the first meeting of the Group’s Sherpas on January 26-27, in Rome. The meeting planned the path to the Taormina Summit, to be held on May 26-27. The Sherpas discussed the topics and goals proposed by the Italian Presidency for the ...
27 January2017
First step of the dialogue between the G7 and civil society

First step of the dialogue between the G7 and civil society

On January 27, the G7 Sherpas met with delegates from the so-called “Civil 7”, in Rome. Discussion revolved around many different issues: environment and climate, food security, nutrition and agriculture, immigration, health, women’s rights and social inequality.The meeting was part of an ongoing di...
27 January2017
Italy’s B7 Presidency in 2017 meets the Sherpas

Italy’s B7 Presidency in 2017 meets the Sherpas

The meeting between the B7 representatives and G7 Sherpas was held on January 27, 2017. The objective of this meeting was to illustrate the B7 priorities for the upcoming March 30-31 event, to be supervised and coordinated by Confindustria.The priorities of the B7 Italy are clustered in two panels. ...
27 January2017
Global Citizen Petitions G7 Sherpa

Global Citizen Petitions G7 Sherpa

The online campaigning organisation, Global Citizen, handed over 16,000 signatures to the Italian G7 in the sidelines of the NGO-G7 Sherpa meeting in late January.The petition asks the G7 to deliver on their 2015 G7 pledge to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition. Global Citizen has...
25 January2017
Within the framework of the G20 Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Finance has launched the “Global Classroom”

Within the framework of the G20 Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Finance has launched the “Global Classroom”

Within the framework of the G20 Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Finance has launched the "Global Classroom" and put in place a virtual classroom in cooperation with the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Pupils in G20 states can work together on solutions to global questions.By joining our Global Classroom ...
25 January2017
G20 Finance Track Conference on digitalisation of the financial sector

G20 Finance Track Conference on digitalisation of the financial sector

The G20 Finance Track Conference under the German G20 presidency was organized by Bundesbank and the German Federal Ministry of Finance at Schloss Biebrich in Wiesbaden on January 25, 2017.More than 180 G20 delegates, academics, government experts and representatives of the private sector attended t...
25 January2017
AIIB launches final round of consultation on draft energy strategy

AIIB launches final round of consultation on draft energy strategy

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has begun a final round of public consultations on its energy sector strategy. Interested parties are invited to view the draft strategy and submit comments by March 6, 2017.The Bank is developing an energy sector strategy in order to guide its future ...
25 January2017
BRICS New Development Bank to double lending every year

BRICS New Development Bank to double lending every year

BRICS New Development Bank expects its lending to double every year over the next 2-3 years and is looking at leveraging its USD 10 billion capital in first 6-7 years, NDB President KV Kamath said. The distribution of loan to member countries would primarily be driven by the demand from them.The Ban...
25 January2017
G20 agriculture ministers have agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources

G20 agriculture ministers have agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources

The G20 agriculture ministers have agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources at their meeting held in Berlin on January 15, 2017. It was the first minister-level meeting within the scope of Germany’s G20 Presidency.The participants emphasized the fundamental importance of ag...
18 January2017
ILO, Russia renew cooperation on skills and G20 Training Strategy

ILO, Russia renew cooperation on skills and G20 Training Strategy

The Russian Federation, represented by the Ministry of Finance, has agreed to contribute USD 12.000.000 to implement the second phase of the project Applying the G20 Training Strategy, which runs from 2016 to 2019.The project draws on a range of technical cooperation tools developed by the ILO as we...
18 January2017
New World Bank Tool Helps Map Solar Potential

New World Bank Tool Helps Map Solar Potential

The World Bank, in partnership with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), launched the Global Solar Atlas, a free, web-based tool to help investors and policymakers identify potential sites for solar power generation virtually anywhere in the world, at the click of a button. The tool displays annu...
17 January2017
IMF World Economic Outlook Update released

IMF World Economic Outlook Update released

After a lackluster outturn in 2016, economic activity is projected to pick up pace in 2017 and 2018, especially in emerging market and developing economies. However, there is a wide dispersion of possible outcomes around the projections, given uncertainty surrounding the policy stance of the incomin...
17 January2017
The BRICS New Development Bank plans to enter the national markets

The BRICS New Development Bank plans to enter the national markets

In his interview to TASS BRICS New Development Bank President K.V. Kamath told about approved projects, international rankings prospects as well as expectations from the Chinese BRICS presidency. According to K.V. Kamath, in 2017 the Bank will approve projects financing with total amount of USD2.5-3...
12 January2017
Dr. Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) presented the Center research projects` outcomes at the Gaidar Forum

Dr. Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) presented the Center research projects` outcomes at the Gaidar Forum

Dr. Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) presented the Center research projects` outcomes at the Gaidar Forum at the Panel Discussion “Patterns of Sustainable Development as Defined Today” held on January 12, 2017. The participants of the session discus...
12 January2017
The international conference on digitalization was organized under the German G20 presidency

The international conference on digitalization was organized under the German G20 presidency

Under Germany’s Presidency, the G20 intends to focus more on the digital transformation, in order to make economies around the world fit for the future. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs have set the ball rolling with an internationa...
11 January2017
New World Economic Forum Global Risks Report released

New World Economic Forum Global Risks Report released

For over a decade, The Global Risks Report has focused attention on the evolution of global risks and the deep interconnections between them. The Report has also highlighted the potential of persistent, long-term trends such as inequality and deepening social and political polarization to exacerbate...
09 January2017
AIIB Project Preparation Special Fund is Open to Proposals

AIIB Project Preparation Special Fund is Open to Proposals

The AIIB Project Preparation Special Fund was established as a multi-donor fund on June 2016, with initial financial support from the People’s Republic of China in the amount of USD 50 million. The Fund will provide grants to support and facilitate the preparation of projects to be financed by the B...
09 January2017
TCdata360: A Big Addition to the World of Open Trade & Competitiveness Data

TCdata360: A Big Addition to the World of Open Trade & Competitiveness Data

The World Bank Group has launched TCdata360 (http://tcdata360.worldbank.org/), a public data source aimed at providing policymakers, development practitioners, academics, investors, and others with free and open access to data on trade and competitiveness.TCdata360 combines vetted datasets from more...
01 January2017
Italy assumes presidency in the G7

Italy assumes presidency in the G7

Italy took over presidency in the G7 on January 1, 2017. The key presidency event – leaders` summit – will be held on May 26-27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. Other events include G7 culture ministers meeting (March 30-31, 2017, Florence); G7 energy ministers meeting (April 9-10, 2017, Rome); G7 foreign...
01 January2017
Xi Jinping Sends Letters to Leaders of Other BRICS Countries on China's Assumption of BRICS Presidency

Xi Jinping Sends Letters to Leaders of Other BRICS Countries on China's Assumption of BRICS Presidency

On January 1, 2017, President Xi Jinping sent letters to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Michel Temer of Brazil and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on China’s official assumption of the BRICS presidency, introducing China’s vision on advancin...
27 December2016
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board adopted the decision of further six-month extension of the period for members to consent to an increase in their quotas under the Fourteenth General Review of Quotas

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board adopted the decision of further six-month extension of the period for members to consent to an increase in their quotas under the Fourteenth General Review of Quotas

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board adopted the decision of further six-month extension of the period for members to consent to an increase in their quotas under the Fourteenth General Review of Quotas through June 30, 2017.As of December 15, 2016, eight members had not yet consented t...
23 December2016
China Sees Next BRICS Summit as Way to Sum up Experience of Organization

China Sees Next BRICS Summit as Way to Sum up Experience of Organization

Beijing sees the next summit of the BRICS group, which is due to be held in China, as an opportunity to sum up a positive experience of the organization and to widen cooperation between the member states, said China’s Ambassador to Russia Li Hui.“According to the scheme of the BRICS leaders’ meeting...
22 December2016
Researcher of the RANEPA Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) Andrey Shelepov presented the results of the research of the BRICS New Development Bank at the roundtable organized by the National Committee on BRICS Research

Researcher of the RANEPA Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) Andrey Shelepov presented the results of the research of the BRICS New Development Bank at the roundtable organized by the National Committee on BRICS Research

Researcher of the RANEPA Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) Andrey Shelepov presented the results of the research of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) at the roundtable “Indian presidency`s outcomes and perspectives of BRICS development after the US administration changes” orga...
21 December2016
New “BRICS in International Development” Book Lauded in Beijing

New “BRICS in International Development” Book Lauded in Beijing

“BRICS in International Development”, published earlier this year by the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development and Palgrave Macmillan which includes two chapters written by CIIR Head Dr. Marina Larionova was lauded by former World Bank Chief Economist and Vice President, Justin Lin at the ...
21 December2016
NDB signs first loan agreement for financing Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power project

NDB signs first loan agreement for financing Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power project

The People's Republic of China and the New Development Bank signed a Loan Agreement approving the provision of RMB (CNY) 525 million sovereign project loan for the Bank's first project in China - Shanghai Lingang Distributed Solar Power Project on December 21, 2016. The Loan Agreement was signed by ...
21 December2016
AIIB approves $600 million to support energy project of Azerbaijan

AIIB approves $600 million to support energy project of Azerbaijan

The Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approved a loan of US$600 million, the largest so far, for the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Azerbaijan through Turkey on December 21, 2016. The Bank is co-financing this project with a number of other multilateral deve...
16 December2016
BRICS High Level Meeting on Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

BRICS High Level Meeting on Traditional Medicinal Knowledge

The BRICS High Level Meeting on Traditional Medicinal Knowledge was held on 16 December 2016 in New Delhi at the Ministerial level.The meeting was organised to discuss the way forward for bilateral and multilateral cooperation on protection of genetic resources/traditional knowledge/traditional cult...
16 December2016
6th meeting of BRICS Health Ministers

6th meeting of BRICS Health Ministers

The 6th meeting of BRICS Health Ministers was held on 15-16 December 2016 in New Delhi.The Ministers adopted seven Action Plans on: (i) Strengthening Health Surveillance System (including Measles and Rubella Surveillance); (ii) Antimicrobial Resistance; (iii) Interventions to reduce premature mortal...
13 December2016
G20 statistical data is available at the German G20 presidency web-site

G20 statistical data is available at the German G20 presidency web-site

The graphs demonstrate the G20 member countries population in 2015, a number of refugees to these countries, GDP per capita in 2015, economic growth in 2010-2015, inflation rate in 2015, export and import, employment (e.g. women), unemployment rate of 15-24 year-olds, carbon dioxide emissions and re...
12 December2016
The first G20 Sherpa Meeting under the German presidency was held

The first G20 Sherpa Meeting under the German presidency was held

The first meeting of G20 Sherpas, who have been preparing the ground for the leaders’ summit in Hamburg, was organized in Berlin on December 12, 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the participants.The Sherpas discussed the priority topics proposed by Germany’s G20 Presidency, including internat...
12 December2016
“Persistent” economic challenges continued to weigh on trade in 2016

“Persistent” economic challenges continued to weigh on trade in 2016

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo’s annual overview of developments in the international trading system highlights the “persistent” global economic challenges in 2016 that continue to weigh on international trade. The report, which was discussed at a 9 December meeting of the WTO’s Trade Policy Revie...
09 December2016
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank breaks new ground approving two projects in Oman

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank breaks new ground approving two projects in Oman

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (the Bank) Board of Directors has approved two loans totaling US$301 million to finance two transport sector projects in the Sultanate of Oman, the Bank’s first in the Arabian Peninsula on December 9, 2016.The Bank’s support comprises US$265 million towards...
08 December2016
WTO 2017 Ministerial Conference will be held in Buenos Aires

WTO 2017 Ministerial Conference will be held in Buenos Aires

WTO members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 11 to 14 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dates were endorsed at a 7 December meeting of the WTO’s General Council.Argentina will be the first South American country to host the b...
07 December2016
1st meeting of Working Group on Exploring the Feasibility of Establishing Alternate Rating Agencies for Emerging Markets

1st meeting of Working Group on Exploring the Feasibility of Establishing Alternate Rating Agencies for Emerging Markets

The 1st meeting of Working Group on Exploring the Feasibility of Establishing Alternate Rating Agencies for Emerging Markets was held on 7 December 2016 in Mumbai.During the meeting, presentations were made by the member development banks on the regulatory environment for credit rating agencies. The...
06 December2016
Meeting of BRICS Heads of Revenue and Experts on Tax Matters

Meeting of BRICS Heads of Revenue and Experts on Tax Matters

The Meeting of BRICS Heads of Revenue and Experts on Tax Matters was held on 5-6 December 2016 in Mumbai. During the meeting, the BRICS Heads of Revenues reiterated their support to all International initiatives towards reaching a globally fair and universally transparent tax system.The meeting saw ...
06 December2016
Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) participated in the workshop “Russia in G20”

Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) participated in the workshop “Russia in G20”

The workshop was organized by the Center for Strategic Research (CSR). The participants discussed the current problems and challenges the world community faces as well as the G20 role in the system of global governance. Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) Dr. Marina Lar...
01 December2016
Germany hosts the G20 starting from December 1, 2016

Germany hosts the G20 starting from December 1, 2016

The motto of Germany’s G20 Presidency is “Shaping an interconnected world”. The key presidency event – G20 leaders` summit will be held on 7 and 8 July 2017 in Hamburg. The German G20 agenda rests on three main pillars:• Ensuring stability• Improving viability for the future• Accepting responsibilit...
01 December2016
Dr. Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the RANEPA attended the T20 international conference

Dr. Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the RANEPA attended the T20 international conference

The conference held on December 1-2, 2016 in Belin, was the first T20 event under the German G20 presidency. The conference was opened with the presentation of the German G20 presidency priorities by German G20 Sherpa Lars-Hendrik Röller. Then, during the plenary and working panel sessions the leadi...
25 November2016
A workshop “Emerging powers and new development institutions: the NDB and the AIIB” was held

A workshop “Emerging powers and new development institutions: the NDB and the AIIB” was held

A workshop titled as “Emerging powers and new development institutions: the NDB and the AIIB” was jointly held by Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva and the Center for BRICS Studies, Fudan University on November 24-25, 2016 in Geneva. Over 20 scholars from BRICS countries and Switzerland...
24 November2016
Countries adopt multilateral convention to close tax treaty loopholes and improve functioning of international tax system

Countries adopt multilateral convention to close tax treaty loopholes and improve functioning of international tax system

More than 100 jurisdictions have concluded negotiations on a multilateral instrument that will swiftly implement a series of tax treaty measures to update international tax rules and lessen the opportunity for tax avoidance by multinational enterprises.The new instrument will transpose results from ...
22 November2016
UNCTAD has just released a special issue of its Investment Policy Monitor exploring investment laws around the world

UNCTAD has just released a special issue of its Investment Policy Monitor exploring investment laws around the world

For many countries investments laws are a core policy instrument to promote and regulate investment. Together with international investment agreements (IIAs), they constitute the basic legal framework for cross-border investment in many countries. Often, these laws and IIAs contain similar provision...
22 November2016
NDB Board of Directors Approves Loans for Two Projects in China and India during 7th Meeting in Shanghai

NDB Board of Directors Approves Loans for Two Projects in China and India during 7th Meeting in Shanghai

The Board of Directors of the New Development Bank (NDB) approved two loans for projects in China and India during 7th meeting in Shanghai on November 22, 2016. The projects are Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project (RMB 2 bln) and Madhya Pradesh Major District Roads Project (USD 350 mln).T...
15 November2016
New WTO book highlights “real world” gains from Trade Facilitation Agreement

New WTO book highlights “real world” gains from Trade Facilitation Agreement

Implementation of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement would provide a huge boost to trade, foreign investment, export diversification and participation in global value chains, particularly for developing and least-developed economies, according to a WTO publication launched on 14 November 2016.Th...
15 November2016
WTO-UNCTAD launch new guide to trade policy analysis

WTO-UNCTAD launch new guide to trade policy analysis

A new book on trade policy analysis was launched by the WTO and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on November 15, 2016. “An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model” outlines one of the most successful tools for the analysis of trade policy ...
11 November2016
2nd meeting of BRICS Communication Ministers

2nd meeting of BRICS Communication Ministers

The 2nd meeting of BRICS Telecommunications Ministers was held on 10-11 November 2016 in Bengaluru, India.The Ministers stressed the catalytic role of digital economy in addressing the challenges of inequality, unemployment and ensuring equal distribution of digital fruits. They also recognized the ...
10 November2016
The 1st meeting of BRICS Working Group on ICTs Cooperation

The 1st meeting of BRICS Working Group on ICTs Cooperation

The 1st Meeting of BRICS Working Group on ICTs Cooperation was held on 10 November 2016 in Bengaluru.During the meeting, discussions were held on creating an enabling environment for ICTs development, security in use of ICTs and driving BRICS agenda for international norms and governing structures, ...

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