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Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Editorial

A Roadblock or Stopgap: The Functional Impact of Alternative Green Fuels Used by The Global Shipping Industry.

By Kavinda Ratnapala In 2018 the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) greenhouse gas strategy was released and made specific reference to realising “a pathway of CO2 emissions reduction consistent with the Paris Agreement (COP21) temperature goals”. The strategy adopted a staggered approach towards realising the ultimate goal of reducing emissions by at least 70% by 2050 compared to 2008 emission levels. It is important to note that these commitments do not realise net-zero by 2050 which in itself is a grave shortcoming on the part of the planet’s supreme maritime body. As a part of the progressive approach which quintessentially opposed risking the...

A main exporter to the world on the brink of being ravaged!

Ukraine, the second-largest country by area in Eastern Europe is embroiled in a state of invasion by its neighbor Russia. Ukrainian officials are preparing for an assault on the capital, Kyiv, as the full-scale attack enters its second day. The President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says 137 people have been killed so far, including civilians. About 100,000 Ukrainians have been displaced, with thousands fleeing to nearby European states.  Russia borders to the...

Inbound India Investment Flows: Recent Performance and 2022 Trends  

By Asia Investment Research   India has been positioning itself as a favoured destination to attract foreign direct investment in recent years and enjoyed strong global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows as FDI rebounded in 2021, up 77% to an estimated US$1.65 trillion, from US$929 billion in 2020, surpassing their pre-COVID-19 level.   China   However, there have been exceptions in the origins of investment capital entering the country. As recently as...

Establishing a Representative Office in Malaysia: A Guide for Foreign Investors  

Establishing a representative office (RO) in Malaysia is often the fastest and most cost-effective way to have a legal entity and study the local market before determining viable opportunities. However, the RO is prohibited from earning any revenue and is limited to mainly market research, information gathering, and developing trade contacts in Malaysia.   Malaysia is fast competing with Singapore to attract foreign businesses seeking a strategic location to headquarter their...

A New Free Trade Tax Strategy To Redevelop And Incentivize The Commonwealth

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis     With the British economy now well out of Europe, and with the Johnson Government seemingly committed to replacement trade deals in emerging Asia, now is an opportune time to evaluate what trade agreement assets the UK actually has lined up that would compensate for the loss of EU trade.  The DTI have stated that many agreements with non-EU nations will continue with the UK on the same basis...

How The US, EU, UK and China Financial & Geopolitical Differences Could Be Resolved By London At The Upcoming Cop26 Glasgow Conference

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  The EU and US media propaganda machine went into overdrive this week, based on US President Biden’s apparent ‘launch’ of the ‘Build Back Better World’ (B3W) alternative, and EU media talking up their version, the so-called ‘Global Gateway’. To illustrate the extent of this, any search of ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ online will produce reams of anti-BRI articles, all written in the West. On the popular, British News...

The EU’s Global Gateway: A Belt & Road Alternative?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The EU has launched its ‘alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road for the EU, with EU Commision President Ursula von der Leyen stating “We want to create links and not dependencies” while clarifying this by stating “It does not make sense for Europe to build roads between a Chinese owned copper mine and a Chinese owned harbour” The Global Gateway is to be positioned as “a trusted brand...