The European Payments Council (EPC), a non-profit organization that represents payment service providers (PSPs) and promotes the development of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), has launched a consultation to broaden the scope of SEPA payments beyond the Eurozone.  The European Union’s Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is a EuropeanContinue Reading

The revised RAG, which was adopted by the Commission on April 19, 2021, and went into effect on January 1, 2022, allows Member States to assist the EU’s least developed regions in catching up and reducing disparities in economic well-being, income, and unemployment – all of which are core cohesionContinue Reading

In a virtual conference on Friday, US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed to strengthen cooperation on urgent economic issues such as export controls, supply chains, and technological investments. The two presidents indicated a desire for a “swift resolution” of trade concerns during their virtual meeting.  PresidentContinue Reading

Martin Griffiths, the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, has returned from a four-day visit to Nigeria, promising support and promising that the UN will do everything possible to help vulnerable families affected by violence and extremism rebuild their lives.  The UN humanitarian affairs chief visited the country to witness firsthand theContinue Reading

Much of what has been written about Africa’s political, economic, and social progress ignores the nuances of the continent’s often turbulent history, which includes extractive colonialism, artificial borders, enslavement, and pre-colonial political institutions and social standards. Furthermore, few tertiary and postgraduate courses introduce students to the recent and expanding literatureContinue Reading

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank, will spend $150 million in the creation of data centres that will primarily serve emerging Asia.  The Keppel Data Centre Fund II (KDCF II), a private equity company managed by Alpha Investment Partners Limited (Alpha), will route funds through theContinue Reading

Prevention is not only better than cure for humans and animals, but it is also more cost-effective. However, for cattle farmers who are already operating on tight margins, it can be difficult to see the hidden cost savings of avoiding a disease outbreak.  A single outbreak of avian flu, forContinue Reading

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen launched a new policy on Thursday to assist a major growth of chip production in the European Union, claiming that the demand for chips in Europe will double in the next decade. She also expressed concern about the Russia-Ukraine situation inContinue Reading

During the second-day events of the World Youth Forum, which was held last week in the resort city of Sharm El Sheikh under the theme ‘Back Together,’ Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi attended the main session titled ‘From Glasgow to Sharm El Sheikh: Combating Climate Change.   A number of speakersContinue Reading

UN Secretary-General António Guterres asked the international community to increase support at the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes, which is being held online. He claims that many young peacebuilders, particularly young women, say that the public and those in positions of power do not appreciate their efforts.  TheContinue Reading