Developing countries

Cut duties to help poorest, WTO candidate urges

Mari Elka Pangestu. Photo: AFP

Emerging economies should follow China's example by waiving duties and quota limitations on their exports in order to help the world's least-developed countries, said a candidate for the WTO's top post.

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 5:34am

Combined GDP of China, India and Brazil will soon overtake the west

Helen Clark of the UN with Mexican president Felipe Calderon. Photo: EPA

The combined output of China, Brazil and India - the three largest developing nations - has come close to the total GDP of the traditional industrial powers including the US, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy for the first time in 150 years and will overtake them soon, a UN report says yesterday.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

Are rich countries guilty of 'land grabs'?

Investors in rich or emerging countries have bought more than 83 million hectares of agricultural land in poorer developing countries since 2000. Photo: Reuters

Should rich countries be buying agricultural land in developing countries? That question is raised in a report issued last year by the Land Matrix Partnership, a consortium of European research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Apple plans smaller, cheaper iPhone for customers in developing nations

Apple generated US$5.7 billion in sales in China, its priority market, in the three months to September last year. Photo: EPA

Apple plans to sell a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone as soon as this year, said a person familiar with the plans, part of a push to gain customers in developing nations.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

China the first developing nation in a century to rival leaders of technology

College students show the skills of intelligent robots to convey objects during an exhibition on science, technology and innovation projects in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua

According to the "World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012" released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo) this month, China tops the world (in 2011, the most recent year for data) for patent applications, with some 526,400 filed, followed by the United States with almost 503,600 and Japan with 342,610.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:02am

A middle way around the economic errors of the past

China has achieved structural transformation. Photo: AFP

The most valuable new book I've read this year is Justin Lin Yifu's The Quest for Prosperity.

George Akerlof, a Nobel laureate in economics and a man not given to reckless overstatement, calls it "a masterpiece". I'd say that's right.

24 Dec 2012 - 4:27am

Asia-Pacific can't ignore rising threat from climate change

Three fourths of the Liberty Island in New York was underwater after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: NYT

The jury may still be out on the link between climate change and natural disasters. But one thing is clear: weather-related disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Two success stories show Hong Kong at its best on global stage

Connie Lau Yin-hing. Photo: Felix Wong

Developing countries tend not to allow the issue of consumer protection to get in the way of the drive for economic progress. Rather it is seen as a luxury that becomes affordable when development goals are met.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 1 comment