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SMEs and Global Growth: Sustaining Growth and Development

When a small or mid-sized enterprise (SME) ventures abroad for the first time, its first aim is typically to kick-start sales and build a local market. That, however, only establishes a foothold. To continue growth and development in a new market, SMEs require a broader strategy aimed at developing and maintaining a strong local presence.

SMEs and Global Growth: Navigating the Legal and Tax Maze

American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin once famously said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Nowadays, no one is more painfully aware of that—at least the part about taxes—than small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) entering foreign markets for the first time.

SMEs and Global Growth: Finding Local Partners

Hoping to profit from a wave of investment in China by large multinationals, small and mid-sizedenterprises (SMEs) based in Germany flocked to that country in the 1990s. China’s government welcomed them: like many other countries, China was intrigued by Germany’s Mittelstand firms— usually stable, technologically sophisticated, family owned firm —and wanted to learn from them. But despite the welcome—or perhaps because of that desire to learn from the newcomers— China often required the newcomers to establish formal joint ventures with Chinese partners.

Talking US trade: The view from Hong Kong

Talking US trade: The view from Hong Kong

This article is based on the responses from 50 Hong Kong executives to a survey conducted for the report, , written by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by American Express. It examines key aspects of trading with the world’s largest economy from the perspective of foreign companies.

How can research stem the tide of the NCD pandemic?

Governments should consider long-term investments in high-quality peer-reviewed implementation research to tackle the growth of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries.

Developing countries are ill-equipped to manage the growing chronic-disease burden

As World Health Day is celebrated around the globe on April 7th, the rising burden of chronic diseases in developing countries must become a priority for global health policy. Healthcare systems in many developing countries have evolved to cope with the burden of infectious diseases and to improve child and maternal health. There is now a pressing need to include the prevention and management of chronic diseases in these systems, requiring new thinking on how such medical services are financed.

Revenge of the "Deplorables"

Our Democracy Index scores global democracies on a range of indicators (on a 1-10 scale) based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. 

Time to turn the circular economy into practice

There is a clear business case for improving the resource efficiency of the economy. Yet, this remains an area of policy that is often overlooked, misunderstood or lacking in substance. It is time for EU institutions and the UK government to give much more impetus to this agenda.

What expatriates bring: Africa's international diaspora

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