Monthly Archives: December 2015

2016: When Global Humanitarian Operations reach its Apex
By admin December 30, 2015

In what is deemed the strongest El Niño measured in recorded history, humanitarian organizations and government agencies are gearing up their efforts in what may be the most challenging year for global humanitarian operations.  The abnormally high temperatures in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean are forcing changes in normal weather patterns, with the impacts

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World Trade Organization’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Africa Concludes
By admin December 18, 2015

The World Trade Organization (WTO) concludes its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya today. It is also celebrating its 20th anniversary, along with the accession of Afghanistan and Liberia to the organization. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade for Kenya, said in her opening statement that “The WTO represents something more

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO) PROJECT IN SOUTH SUDAN
By admin December 16, 2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Laura Wicks (lwicks@bassiounigroup.com)  Samantha Nolan (snolan@bassiounigroup.com)  Firm Finalizes Major Project Focused on Study and Delivery of Basic Production Sector, Livelihood, Literacy and Numeracy Skills to Pastoralist Communities New York, NY – December 16, 2015 – The Bassiouni Group (www.bassiounigroup.com), a Global Development firm specializing in Advisory, Trade & Investment

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195 Countries Commit to Climate Deal in Paris
By admin December 15, 2015

For almost two weeks, leaders from around the world negotiated over a climate deal in Paris. On Saturday, December 12, 2015, 195 countries signed a 31-page legal agreement, now known as the Paris Agreement, setting ambitious goals to limit temperature rises and hold governments accountable for reaching those targets. The agreement intends to cut greenhouse

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Lights Out in South Africa?
By admin December 14, 2015

After news broke out last week of South African President Jacob Zuma’s abrupt decision to replace previous Finance Minster Nhlanhla Nene with new appointee, David van Rooyen, many within the establishment begun echoing concerns following turmoil in currency, credit and equity markets. Bowing to market and political pressures on Monday, Zuma has now appointed his

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THE BASSIOUNI GROUP SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES MAJOR GOVERNANCE PROJECT WITH THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AfDB) AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA
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          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Wicks (lwicks@bassiounigroup.com) Samantha Nolan (snolan@bassiounigroup.com) World Bank-Funded Project Focused on Innovation in Delivery of Better Basic Services New York, NY – December 14, 2015 – The Bassiouni Group (www.bassiounigroup.com), a leading Global Development firm specializing in Advisory, Trade & Investment solutions for emerging/frontier markets, today

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First International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime Looks to Past, Present and Future
By admin December 11, 2015

  The United Nations has established the  International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, to be celebrated on December 9th, with the dual purpose of ensuring people worldwide are aware of this crime and engaged in its prevention, and honoring those

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Youth, Peace and Security
By admin December 10, 2015

  On December 9th, The United Nation Security Council adopted a historical resolution, Resolution 2250, on youth, peace and security. This resolution is the first of its kind to recognize the positive role young people play in building sustainable peace. It urges greater representation by young men and women in the prevention of conflict amid

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IMF promotes the Yuan to the Special Drawing Right Basket
By admin December 8, 2015

Last week, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board recognized the Chinese yuan as one of the world’s elite currencies by approving the yuan for inclusion in its elite basket of reserve currencies, the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket. The SDR is an international reserve asset that was created by the IMF in 1969 to

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What Will the Outcome of the U.N. Climate Change Conference Be?
By admin December 4, 2015

  The 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 21), a two-week event ending December 11th, is taking place in Paris. The goal of many of the attendees is to create an agreement with a long-term goal of net zero emissions (producing no more CO2 than what the planet can handle without rising temperatures in the

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Beijing Experienced Worst Air Pollution of the Year
By admin December 3, 2015

      As China’s president attends the international climate conference in Paris (COP21), Beijing recorded its worst air pollution of the year this past Monday and Tuesday. The smog was so heavy that people can barely see anything from a block away. The tiny poisonous PM 2.5 particles reached as high as 600+ micrograms

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India: The Fastest Growing Major Economy in the World
By admin December 1, 2015

                          India’s economy grew at an annual rate of 7.4 percent in the last three months, according to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. That being said, India continues to be the fastest growing major economy in the world surpassing China’s 6.9

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