Article – North Korea looks to lure foreign investment, plans more special economic zones

by 13 November 2013

16 October 2013 The Globe and Mail

Academics and experts attend an international meeting on special economic zones at Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (Jon Chol Jin/AP)

In a bid to bolster its laggard economy, North Korea plans to set up more special economic zones and has created a group to assist potential foreign investors, state media and the organizers of a rare international conference in Pyongyang said Wednesday.

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Article – Cuba to open tax free Special Economic Zone

by 13 November 2013

24 October 2013 Chris Arsenault Al Jazeera

Communist Cuba is the latest country to plan a “Special Economic Zone”, part of an economic model blasted by critics for creating a “race to the bottom” on wages and corporate taxes.

Raul Castro, Cuba’s president, signed law 313 in September creating a special development zone in the port of Mariel, 45km west of the capital, Havana, where foreign companies will be able to transfer their profits [...]

Mrs Georgina Rinehart at the 2013 McMillan Woods Global Awards

by 12 November 2013

Mrs Georgina Rinehart at the McMillan Woods Global Awards, 31 October 2013, at the Shangri-La Hotel ballroom in Kuala Lumpur, where she accepted her second award for being a Visionary CEO. At this award  ceremony she was also invited by the organisers, to present 7 of the other awards, including to the young performer, as shown in one of the following photos.

During her acceptance speech, Mrs Rinehart acknowledged  ANDEV members present and performed her [...]

Article – Tyler Cowen’s 10 Reasons Texas Is Our Future

by 11 November 2013

17 October 2013 Ryan Sager Time Ideas

The crisis may be over (for the time being) in Washington. But the crisis for America’s middle class continues, as middle-income jobs get harder to find and the cost of living gets harder to bear. Where can Americans turn for answers? In a word: Texas.

In the cover story of this week’s TIME magazine, libertarian economist Tyler Cowen, author of the new book Average Is Over, looks at why so [...]

Texas, the SEZ of the U.S.: Article – Why Growth is Deep in the Heart of Texas

by 11 November 2013

6 November 2013 Frank Holmes Daily Resource Hunter

A recent TIME Magazine cover features an engaging collage of the 50 states reassembled to fit within the boundaries of Texas. With a growing number of solid-paying jobs, affordable housing, and low taxes, “the Lone Star State is America’s Future,” declares economist and writer Tyler Cowen.

As a “Texa-Can,” I think the article gives compelling insight into what I’ve personally witnessed during my 20 years [...]

Article – North needs tailored strategies

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Laura Tingle Queensland Country Life

TAPPING the vast potential of developing northern Australia will require a more sophisticated approach, one that recognises the three different types of region in the area rather than simplistic proposals such as tax incentives, a new study says. The Regional Australia Institute says northern Australia is being held back by serious bottlenecks in infrastructure and human capital, but strategies for sustainable economic and population growth need to [...]

Article – It’s time to rethink the great north growth strategy

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Su McCluskey Financial Review

Remote regions of northern Australia will only get the jump on economic growth if they have the same basic conditions as in other parts of the country. Photo: Peter Braig

After 50 years of the same debates and disappointments on northern Australian development, it’s time for something different. Our next national strategy must be about more than mines, dams and development dreams.There are no silver bullets, but there is [...]

Article – Call to think again if the north’s to grow

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Joe Kelly The Australian

NORTHERN Australia should avoid a simplistic one-size-fits-all approach to driving growth, with infrastructure and human capital constraints the key issues to be tackled by policymakers.

That is the warning of a development report released today by the Regional Australia Institute intended to help guide debate on the government’s promised white paper on the development of northern Australia due by next September.

The paper advocates a new approach based [...]

Interview – Abbott Govt urged to move on northern Australia development

by 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 Tony Eastley ABC Radio

It’s been the great hope for decades that somehow, someone or something will tap the huge potential in Northern Australia. The Regional Australia Institute has released a new report on the area’s potential and it wants the Abbott government to stick to its commitment to produce a White Paper which will examine northern development.

TONY EASTLEY: It’s been the great hope for decades – that somehow, someone or [...]

Article – NT ‘life of party’ in growing economy

by 6 November 2013

8 October 2013 The West Australian

A new report has found the Northern Territory economy is well placed to benefit from Australia’s emerging growth markets, including gas and agribusiness.

The report by Deloitte Access Economics says there are five growth areas that will be worth $250 billion to the Australian economy over the next 20 years.

As well as gas and farming, growth is also tipped for tourism, international education and wealth management.

The report [...]