Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Writer, columnist
Martin Jacques is the author of “When China Rules the World,” and a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman. He was a co-founder of the think tank Demos. Full bio

Charles Robertson: Africa’s next boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you may think.

Emerging-markets economist
In “The Fastest Billion,” Charles Robertson re-examines the narrative of economic growth in African nations. Full bio

Flow without friction: An interview with eBay’s Devin Wenig

Technology is enabling the creation of a single global online marketplace. The president of eBay Marketplaces explains what that means for the company and its customers. April 2014

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US Commercial Service: Going Beyond Borders

Dubai firm’s initiative aims to support 100 women entrepreneurs

5 businesswomen awarded half a million dirham to launch their start-ups
Five women entrepreneurs have been awarded half a million dirham as capital to launch their start-ups in the UAE as part of an initiative launched by a local company to support women entrepreneurs.

The five business dreamers Abhilasha Poddar, Sandra Tippets, Faryal Imran, Ann Mejorada and Rosele Diana were the first five women who received funding under the women empowerment initiative launched by Globuzz through its maiden venture “Red High Heels”.

Each of the 5 winners was awarded Dh100,000 to launch her dream business in the UAE.

Gayathri Bhardwaj, Director and Founder of Globuzz, said the aim is at creating 100 successful women entrepreneurs in the UAE by 2018.

“The journey has just begun. Join us in building great leaders for the future. Join the Red High Heels Initiative,” she said.

“We are blessed to be living on this good land, United Arab Emirates, abound in touristic treasures, a financial and economic nucleus, and a new and powerful presence in the global economy. The economy and growth of the United Arab Emirates is an example of the wise vision of the country’s leadership and the sound legislation that guarantees the stability for all sectors, a business friendly environment to meet investor needs and requirements.

“There are promising opportunities for every individual in the UAE. When I chose to be an entrepreneur 4 years ago there were also many challenges. I looked at every challenge as an opportunity for learning, a chance to test my capabilities, knowledge and determination to succeed and to never give up.

“Positive energy offers us a beautiful perspective on life and equips us with ambition, drive and motivation required to achieve success. Our creativity and smart initiatives and a vision is what will never let us down,” she said.

Bhardwaj said: “Red High Heels aims to shape innovative, viable business models led by entrepreneurs that guarantee to face future obstacles in a flexible and effective manner and emerge winners. New entrepreneurs must gain a better idea of the levels of services and the implementation of UAE government policies.”