At Davos this year, politicians and policymakers are debating the next stage in the integration of international trade, with giant regional free trade agreements set to transform global flows of goods and services.
At the same time as it increases its global exports, Italy is also attracting ever higher levels of foreign investment, especially from companies in developing countries which are looking to secure a foothold in more stable economies.
As the world’s policymakers continue to grapple with the consequences of the global financial crisis, the remarkable recovery of the island economy of Cyprus has become a point of reference in the debate.
In the face of an extended slump in prices for metals and minerals, the largest mining companies are maintaining their investments supporting the communities affected by their operations.
Alongside the global banks, newer players in the financial sector are delivering innovative financing mechanisms for environmental investments.
Mark Elliot, Division President: "Done right, mobile money can bring the banked world to the unbanked in ways that are useful in their daily lives."
"Worldwide, and particularly in Spain, we have gone through a traumatic learning process. It’s not just an economic crisis; there is a political crisis underlying the economic one."
Wayne Sharpe, Executive Chairman and Founder: "We want to provide the global scale and capacity needed to address the climate change problem."
Dean A. Scarborough, CEO & Chairman: "Our goal in 2025 is to have 70% of our paper sourcing FSC certified, which is the highest standard of paper certification."
Michael Gill, Executive Director: "We have seen a broad consensus to move forward with the discussions in a productive manner."