IPRA World Congress in Johannesburg Offers Top Speakers on Nation Branding

Biz Community | Oct 31, 2014

Bloom Consulting is a Madrid based strategy consulting company that specialises in country branding and business strategy. His work focuses mainly on nation building projects and the developing of brand strategies in the private sector, as well as corporate strategy and HR consulting. 

Emerging Markets Are Leading The Way On Clean Energy Growth

Forbes | Oct 31, 2014

“Clean energy technologies are no longer out of reach for developing countries, which are home to some of the most extraordinary wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydro and other natural resources,” the report says.

Saudi Generosity in Donations Should be Utilized to Spread Our ‘Soft Power’

Saudi Gazette | Oct 31, 2014

The majority of great countries have embraced foreign aid as an instrument of “soft power” to achieve their political and economic aims.  Saudi Arabia is no exception to this trend. 

China to Send Elite Army Unit to Help Fight Ebola in Liberia

World Bulletin | Oct 31, 2014

China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa.

An APEC Partnership for Global Growth

Wall Street Journal | Oct 31, 2014

APEC can take global leadership with a practical, comprehensive approach—call it a “Pacific Economic Partnership” for global growth, or PEP for short. This would consist of concrete, achievable components, many already in the works. It’s the closest thing APEC has to a shovel-ready growth strategy, but it requires both U.S. and Chinese leadership.

UK Education’s Soft Power Will Weaken if Student Visas Remain So Hard to Get

The Conversation | Oct 31, 2014

Welcoming international students used to be one of the key ways that Britain developed long-term, soft power relationships to aid trade and wield political influence. (...) A 2011 report by the Home Affairs Select Committee was highly critical of the government’s approach to welcoming international students and expressed concerns that more regulation of visas could have serious unintended consequences.

Somalia: Global Anti-Piracy Conference in Dubai

Geeska Afrika Online | Oct 31, 2014

The meeting which was organised and co-chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and global marine terminal operator DP World, brought together Counter-Piracy experts from across the world including government Ministers, armed forces personnel as well as academics to discuss the progress and challenges of tackling piracy across the world, including off the coast of Somalia.

Pope's Comments Create Ripples Not Just in News But in Pews Too

Times of India | Oct 30, 2014

A couple of days ago, Pope Francis had stated that the theories of evolution and the big bang, which is today thought of as the origin of the world, "is not inconsistent with the notion of creation" and that it was possible to believe in both evolution and the Catholic church's teaching on creation. 

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