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May 2013

 

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Solar Shops in the Philippines

May 31, 2013

 

When the sun goes down on Mindoro Island in the Philippines, villages are plunged into complete darkness. People here have no access to electricity, and generators are too expensive, so solar lamps present an affordable and eco-friendly alternative. Those lamps are affordable thanks to microcredit schemes and are distributed via a network of village shops.

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How to Fight Youth Unemployment

May 31, 2013

Tackling Youth UnemploymentFrance and Germany have proclaimed a "New Deal for Europe" in order to fight youth unemployment. Among the world's unemployed, young people have been particularly hard hit by the recent economic crisis. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than adult unemployment rates in both developed and developing countries. Global protest movements of young people are a manifestation of their lack of job prospects. GES-experts suggest to address unemployment among educated young people with compulsory on-the-job training and placement schemes and among uneducated young people with vocational training.

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GES Blog: The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis

May 30, 2013

GES Blog: The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis

Greece. Ireland. Portugal. Spain. Cyprus. And now Slovenia? The euro zone debt crisis remains unsolved. A solution to that crisis could be quite easy though. To discover the solution, we need to understand that the crisis has been generated by five interlocking problems ... Read the GES BLOG and discuss

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on "Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity"

May 29, 2013

Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity Check out our solutions on "Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Expand public transport systems to enhance social inclusion and improve employment opportunities for residents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods...

- Foster a greater sense of self-determination and choice by initiating "grassroots" discussions...

- To improve local communities, build open plan cultural spaces composed of multiuse green spaces, libraries, entertainment venues and meeting halls...

 


 

Transatlantic Free Trade Zone might Foster Economic Growth

May 27, 2013

Reconsidering the International Trading SystemNegotiations on a free trade zone between the EU and the USA are scheduled to start in July. Chances are high that such a free trade zone which might foster economic growth could become reality by 2017.

GES-experts lower border barriers are necessary in order to focus the international trading system on the core task of facilitating market access in industrial goods, services and agriculture.

Read more about GES Solution for Reconsidering the International Trading System

 


 

A British soldier has been killed by islamist terrorists in London

May 24, 2013

Dealing with TerrorismAccording to GES-experts, policies that integrate immigrants should be pursued, rather than just providing passive welfare support. Policies and pronouncements that feed grievance need to be avoided, because Terrorist groups are only successful if they enjoy sympathy for their causes.

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See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Conserving Water in the Dead Sea

 

May 23, 2013

Jordan's tourism industry faces a major dilemma. Ground water levels in the Jordan River basin are dropping with more water removed than flows in. Now, Jordan, together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Hangsrohe SE, has launched a pilot project to tackle the water crunch. The project could help save one-third of the country's precious drinking water supplies.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and theImplementation.

 


 

Solvency-convertible debt could stabilize Slovenian banks

May 22, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial RegulationSlovenia has rejected suggestions that it may be the next country in the eurozone to apply for ESM aid. The Slovenian government plans to recapitalize struggling banks and implement a series of austerity measures in order to avoid a financial bailout. GES-experts suggest to stabilize shaky banks by issuing solvency-convertible debt. That way, the debt issued by systemically relevant financial institutions is automatically converted into equity if such an institution becomes insolvent – and taxpayers don’t have to come up for the costs of excessive risk-taking.

Read the Proposal about "Solvency-Convertible Bonds and Financial Vigilance Agency"

 


 

Solutions on "Promoting Food Security:
The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture"

May 22, 2013

Promoting Food Security: The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture Check out our solutions on "Promoting Food Security: The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Shift the focus of support away from large-scale projects...
- Harness the support of the BRICs and the private sector...
- Promote "sustainable intensification"...

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
A range of measures by the Kenyan Government

 

May 17, 2013

Reinventing Education“Reinventing Education” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country—from community radio to more technological-intensive e-learning." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: "A range of measures by the Kenyan Government"

• Solution 1: Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country, from community radio to more technological-intensive E-learning, guided by real pedagogues.
• Solution 2: Investing early in education is better than fixing problems later.
• Solution 3: More evidence-based studies are needed to help in the restructuring of education. They clearly benefit to the decision making process faced by policy-makers.

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First GES Salon in Lübeck: Think globally, act locally

May 17, 2013

Think globally, act locally. This guiding priniciple fits perfectly with the first opening event of the Global Economic Symposium (GES). Local entrepreneurship met the global mindset of the Kiel Institute. Read the German Press Release

 

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome John Hope Bryant

May 16, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013. He will speak in the Opening Plenary on "Redefining Success: Why?" and in the Session on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship".

 

 


 

First GES Salon in Lübeck, Germany

May 15, 2013

This week the first GES Salon 2013 will be held in Lübeck, Germany. This GES Salon is meant to be a kick-off event for the Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2013 and is jointly organized by the merchants association of Lübeck “Kaufmannschaft zu Lübeck” (Associated Partner of the GES 2013) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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Solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities"

May 15, 2013

Tackling Inequality of Opportunities Check out our solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Add quality targets to quantity...
- Fund social projects through Social...
- Publicly-funded early childhood programs should...

 


 

45-Million-Dollar bank heist: Active targeting of cyber crime needed

May 15, 2013

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the Internet

In a massive 21st century bank heist, hackers used stolen debit card data from different banks to steal more than $45 million from ATMs around the world within a few hours. For GES-experts, active targeting of the proceeds of cyber crime in collaboration with the financial sector is necessary. Also, prosecutors need to focus on underground forums to disrupt the circulation of powerful and easy to use cyber criminal tools, such as malware kits and botnets.

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Syria: Better Regulation of International Arms Trade Needed

May 13, 2013

Dealing with Terrorism

The governments of the United States and Israel are increasingly worried that Russia might sell a sophisticated air defense system to Syria. This could make the conflict in Syria even more complicated. GES-experts suggest a better regulation of international arms trade. Especially weapons of mass destruction need to be prevented from falling into the hands of terrorists or questionable regimes.

Read more about a GES Solution for arms trade

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
The Smart Campaign - The Microfinance Industry’s Client Protection Initiative

 

May 10, 2013

Implementation The New Wave of Social Entrepreneurship“The New Wave of Social Entrepreneurship” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Expand debt advisory services, along the lines of those available in developed countries, for microfinance customers and investors to developing countries." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: "The Smart Campaign - The Microfinance Industry’s Client Protection Initiative "

"The Smart Campaign addresses issues that have been identified by the GES 2009. The GES solutions of 2009/2010 inter alia call for 'more services that prevent microfinance customers from accumulating excessive debt and potentially facing bankruptcy.' I believe the project would be a good example of how solutions to the recent problems in microfinance can be implemented in practice." Christian Weistroffer, Economist, Deutsche Bank and Global Economic Fellow 2009

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Solutions on "Redefining Universities"

May 08, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Redefining Universities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Redefining Universities- Governments and other funding agencies...
- Governments, higher-education institutions...
- Governments should develop standardized...
- Refocus institutional accreditation on criteria...
- Governments should stimulate diversity...

 


 

Interview: Seth Kaplan about Pakistans situation

May 06, 2013

Ahead of Pakistan’s general election on 11 May, Seth Kaplan talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the findings of a GES working group of leading Pakistani development professionals and outside experts that he chaired and which reported last year.

They discuss the country’s two critical problems of feckless leaders and a feeble state, what foreign assistance should aim to contribute and the reform priorities of taxation and the energy sector.

 


 

Why shale-gas should remain in the ground

May 06, 2013

Rig wind riverThe fact that it is profitable for private firms to extract shale gas via fracking is not a reason to do so. Fracking means exploiting new fossil energy sources. Controlling climate change requires though that the world community abstains from using all available fossil energy reserves. Instead, renewable energy sources should generate most of future energy. Especially since the external costs of fossile energy are not included in such a calculation it is not necessarily profitable for society as a whole. Read the GES BLOG

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape

May 03, 2013

Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economies“Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economiese” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Speed up the process of diversification away from purely commodity-driven growth." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: "Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape"

Swisscontact is the organization of the Swiss private sector for development cooperation. Its aim is to promote private economic and social development in selected countries in the South and East through advisory services, training and continuing education.

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Solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean"

May 02, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean- Redo the "math" of offshore...
- Rather than imposing particular technical...
- Limit drilling to the least...
- Invest in research on secure...
- The members of the Arctic...



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