ICC United Kingdom’s latest podcast: private sector engagement at the UN and the Queen’s speech

  In this week’s podcast, ICC United Kingdom Secretary General, Chris Southworth, and Jordi Sellarés, ICC Spain Secretary General, discuss the need to increase business engagement at the UN, as well as what implications the Queen’s speech might hold for UK business. To listen to the podcast, please click here.

S&P’s Julyana Yokota considers potential improvements to Colombia’s 4G toll road program in P3 Bulletin

Improving Colombia’s road network is critical for its economic growth. According to the World Economic Forum, the country’s toll roads rank in the bottom 20 countries surveyed in the world in terms of quality. To address this issue, in 2013 the Colombian government embarked on a highly ambitious series of road projects, known as the …

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BNY Mellon’s Dominic Broom discusses how to fight protectionism and close the trade finance gap in CFO Innovation

In spite of recent challenges to growth, Asian trade has remained resilient (with ASEAN exports, for example, growing 12% from 2013 to 2016 to reach US$875 billion). Yet, where world trade once grew at twice the rate of GDP, the WTO’s forecast for world trade growth in 2016 was a rate of just 1.7% – …

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S&P Global Ratings’ report discusses the boom in offshore wind projects as technology improves and costs fall – covered by specialist press

In Europe, investment in the offshore wind industry has grown at an annual average rate of 30% in the past five years. Elsewhere – such as in the Americas and China – the industry is striving to follow Europe’s lead. But first these regions must overcome a raft of barriers, namely technological concerns, regulatory issues, and …

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ICC General Secretary Chris Southworth talks new UK political dynamics and Brexit developments in new podcast

In the latest of the ICC UK’s podcasts, Secretary General Chris Southworth talks to Robert Kelsey about the upcoming Brexit negotiations – especially regarding what they mean for business. Other discussion points include the future role of London as an EU financial centre; the fact that a new divide in UK politics seems to be young …

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Natixis explains expanding capacity to accommodate growing Asian-Pacific demand in an interview with SRP

In an interview with SRP, Laurent Depus, senior country manager, Japan, and president & representative director of Natixis Japan Securities Co., explains Natixis’ plans in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific expansion. Due to the robust demand for overseas financial products, Depus explains that Natixis plans to combine Natixis Asset Management Japan’s offerings with the brokerage unit’s …

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S&P Global Ratings’ BBB+ rating for Essex University accommodation bond issuance covered by specialist press

  S&P Global Ratings has assigned its ‘BBB+’ Standard and Poor’s underlying rating (SPUR) Rating to ULiving@Essex2’s £60.6 million secured bond issuance. The funds will finance the construction of a new halls of residence project at the University of Essex. In addition, S&P Global Ratings has issued its ‘AA’ long term rating to the issuance. …

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Crown Agents Investment Management discusses the global bond market with Alpha Q

In an exclusive interview with specialist investment magazine, AlphaQ, Neil Michael, Chief Investment Strategist at Crown Agents Investment Management, offers his thoughts on the world economy, and identifies the likely trends in the bond market over the next few years. Michael explains: “In the US, the house view is that yields are higher and have …

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S&P Global Ratings’ José Coballasi tells Revista Fortuna that Mexico’s infrastructure sector can succeed with or without NAFTA

In an article for Mexican publication Revista Fortuna, S&P Director José Coballasi, explains that regardless of Trump’s stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s infrastructure sector is strong enough to weather slower levels of economic growth should the US alter the Agreement. This is due to the sector’s overall high ratings and …

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UniCredit’s David Vials on how digital trade finance tools can help UK corporates capitalise on CEE potential in FX-MM

Central and Eastern Europe – a region containing many high-growth markets – is increasingly attractive as a trade destination for UK corporates. However, heightened counterparty risk and local market complexities can stymie progress. Writing in FX-MM, David Vials, Head of Corporate Coverage for UK & Ireland at UniCredit, explains that the way to negotiate these …

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