Monthly Archives: June 2012

A raft of recent surveys have pointed to the continued strength of the Indian Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) market as well as emerging threats to their Asian dominance. Shared services centre deals have outnumbered traditional outsourcing deals across the globe according to the latest KPMG global survey. The survey found 52% of respondents viewed shared

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Rio de Janeiro beat Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be the first Olympics held in South America and the second in a BRICS country after Beijing. In addition to the spotlight on Rio de Janeiro, hosting the Olympic Games would also deliver a huge economic boon to the

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China is a country divided when it comes to water supply.  The great rivers of the South, the Yangtze and Yellow river provide abundant supplies compared with a much drier and water scarce North. Annual total water usage in China exceeds 600 billion cubic metres. Water for domestic use annually is around 50 billion m³,

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Sage Group the leading British firm supplying accounting software for small and medium sized businesses has just taken their first steps into Brazil by buying 75% of Folhamatic Group for £125m. Folhamatic, whose revenues were up 13% last year, supplies similar software to the Brazilian market, which is fast growing and relatively undeveloped. Some 90

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Indian state railways is the 4th largest in the world 63,974km of track and with 1.4 million employees, is one of the worlds’ largest employers.   Some of its statistics are simply staggering.  Each day it runs some 19,000 trains (7,000 of them dedicated to freight) to 7,083 stations and transports 2.65m tonnes of freight.  Some

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Brazil experiences a great disparity in incomes and it’s a sad fact that many of its citizens live substandard accommodation.  Brazil’s economic growth has created a new class of workers with incomes above subsistence level, but not able to afford the highest standards, creating a rapidly expanding market for affordable homes. Brazil has a population

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A number of factors have combined to see a revolution in the way that the Chinese furnish their homes and the kitchen, the centre of many Chinese families, is at the centre of this.  As construction has boomed in China, so have sales of contemporary furniture and furnishings which is a direct consequence of the

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The Prime Minister’s visit to Mexico along with other leaders of the G20 and B20 to thrash out a solution to the Eurozone crisis mask the opportunity offered by the host country as an exciting, emerging market.   The Prime Minister led a delegation of more than 25 companies including world leaders like Rolls Royce to

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Russia’s Innovation Hub passes 500 company participant In February 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev unveiled an initiative to establish a hub for high-technology research and business in Skolkovo, designed to spur innovation in Russia. President Medvedev called this project “A kind of prototype city of the future, which should become a major testing ground for new

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