Thursday, Nov 23, 2017


Start-up Kuwait

Building an ecosystem for SMEs to thrive


Building an ecosystem for SMEs to thrive
Mr. Al-Jouan, Executive Chairman, Mr. Al Wazzan, Vice Chairman, and board members Mr. Boushahri, Mr. Jaffar and Mr. Al Mutairi, of The National Fund for SMEs Development

Mr. Al-Jouan, Executive Chairman, Mr. Al Wazzan, Vice Chairman, and board members Mr. Boushahri, Mr. Jaffar and Mr. Al Mutairi, of The National... Nov 10, 2017

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Banking on Kuwait

Kuwait investing heavily in backlog of much-needed infrastructure projects


Kuwait investing heavily in backlog of much-needed infrastructure projects
Shaikha Al-Bahar, Deputy Group CEO of NBK

As the nation’s largest and first established bank, NBK is one of the leading financiers of Kuwait’s mega projects, and will play... Oct 20, 2017

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Informative & Scope

Fintech 101


Fintech 101

Financial technology, fondly known as fintech, is certainly a divine disruptive change to the traditional finance industry and a welcomed... Oct 19, 2017

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African Diplomacy

Building a Regional Consensus


Building a Regional Consensus
President Ernest Bai Koroma attends the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa

Sierra Leone sets out a foreign policy based on regional coalition-building for greater collective results in initiatives for poverty elimination,... Sep 26, 2017

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Bahrain Banking

Regional leader backed by 40 years of banking tradition, with a sterling reputation for its regulatory environment


Regional leader backed by 40 years of banking tradition, with a sterling reputation for its regulatory environment
Left: Dr Waheed Al Qassim, CEO, Bahrain Association of Banks. Right: Khalid Hamad, Executive Director of Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Bahrain

As the leading financial services centre in the Gulf, Bahrain has proved to be resilient in the face of liquidity challenges posed by low... Sep 25, 2017

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Infrastructure development in Sierra Leone

Transport and energy projects unveiled


Transport and energy projects unveiled
President Koroma launching works of the 103-kilometre Bandajuma-Gendema Highway project last May

The construction of new infrastructure is one of the pillars of the Agenda for Prosperity

Sep 21, 2017

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Saeed Raddad Group

Ushering in a new era of economic growth


Ushering in a new era of economic growth
Saeed R. Al Zahrani, Saeed Raddad Group President

A leading business group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf region, has had an influential and substantial presence in the... Sep 20, 2017

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Industrialization in Rwanda

Rwanda shifts its focus to manufacturing


Rwanda shifts its focus to manufacturing
The C&H Garment factory in the Kigali Special Economic Zone (Photo: UNIDO)

While Rwanda has long focused on agriculture and services, it is now looking to develop manufacturing, in a bid to lower its dependence on... Sep 19, 2017

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Sierra Leone’s Journey

Resilience Meets Growth


Resilience Meets Growth
Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone

With a recent history of both challenges and major economic expansion, Sierra Leone works to build state policies at home and regional consensus... Sep 18, 2017

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Sierra Leone Mudslide Disaster

Sierra Leone calls for urgent help to support recovery phase after devastating mudslide


Sierra Leone calls for urgent help to support recovery phase after devastating mudslide
Three days of heavy rain caused the collapse of a hillside overlooking the Regent area of Freetown on August 14

More than two weeks on, with the initial emergency response shifting to the early recovery phase, the government is urgently appealing for... Aug 30, 2017

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Qatar’s National Vision 2030

Emirate looks to build an economy driven by knowledge and SMEs, not by oil and gas


Emirate looks to build an economy driven by knowledge and SMEs, not by oil and gas
At QBIC’s demo day, startups have an opportunity to present their product, market research and financial projections to an auditorium full of judges and fellow entrepreneurs

For more than two decades, Qatar has been moving its economy away from hydrocarbons towards information technology and learning. This shift... Sep 01, 2017

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Discover Japan

Off the beaten track: there is so much more than Tokyo


Off the beaten track: there is so much more than Tokyo
Red-bibbed Jizo statues in Nikko National Park

Beyond the bright lights of Tokyo, Japan offers a feast of cultural, natural and gastronomic wonders to enliven the senses, such as Ise-Shima... Aug 31, 2017

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ALCONIX, Japan

Creating an ‘extensive high-potential corporate group of Japan’s best assets’

Creating an ‘extensive high-potential corporate group of Japan’s best assets’
Eiitsu Masaki
President and CEO of ALCONIX

Since its establishment, Japanese firm ALCONIX has continuously been evolving by adapting... Nov 22, 2017


Investing in Brunei’s workforce

‘From a procurement service to a holistic solution service provider’

‘From a procurement service to a holistic solution service provider’
Col (Rtd) Muzri Mokhsin
Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brunei Technical Services

Royal Brunei Technical Services (RBTS) is uniquely placed to exceed customers’ requirements.... Nov 17, 2017


Robotics in Japan

‘Come and explore how we can shape the future together’

‘Come and explore how we can shape the future together’
Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto
Chairman of iREX 2017 and Managing Executive Officer of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Robotics Division

Mr. Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Chairman of iREX 2017 and Managing Executive Officer of Kawasaki... Nov 17, 2017


Brunei LNG

‘LNG is becoming the preferred choice of clean, affordable and abundant energy’

‘LNG is becoming the preferred choice of clean, affordable and abundant energy’
Patrice Girard
Manging Director and CEO of Brunei LNG

Patrice Girard, Manging Director and CEO of Brunei LNG, discusses economic diversification... Nov 15, 2017


Insurance industry, Brunei

Brunei’s Takaful insurance pioneer

Brunei’s Takaful insurance pioneer
Osman Jair
Managing Director of Insurans Islam TAIB in Brunei

Osman Jair, Managing Director of Insurans Islam TAIB in Brunei, discusses the potential... Nov 15, 2017


Japan’s push overseas

J Trust finds a banking market niche in ASEAN

J Trust finds a banking market niche in ASEAN
Nobuyoshi Fujisawa
President & CEO president of J Trust

Nobuyoshi Fujisawa, President & CEO president of J Trust, says that while other big... Nov 10, 2017


A new vision for Kuwait

Kuwait, building a knowledge-based economy through Vision 2035

Kuwait, building a knowledge-based economy through Vision 2035
Dr. Khaled A. Mahdi
Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development

In January, the Kuwaiti government unveiled its blueprint for the future, New Kuwait Vision... Nov 03, 2017


Machinery Industry Japan

JFMA promotes the creation of added-value and internationalization of Japan’s machinery industry

JFMA promotes the creation of added-value and internationalization of Japan’s machinery industry
Mr. Yutaka Nakau
President of the Japan Forming Machine Association (JFMA)

Mr. Yutaka Nakau, President of the Japan Forming Machine Association (JFMA), affirms that... Oct 30, 2017


Brunei’s Financial Sector Blueprint

Brunei’s blueprint for the future of banking

Brunei’s blueprint for the future of banking
Mr. Yusof bin Hj Abd Rahman
Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam

Mr. Yusof bin Hj Abd Rahman, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam’s... Oct 26, 2017


Electronics in the Philippines

Driving innovation to become a global player

Driving innovation to become a global player
Jeremy Cowx
Managing Director, IMI Japan Inc

Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., also known as IMI, is one of the leading global providers... Oct 24, 2017


Privatization of Kuwait’s stock exchange

Boursa Kuwait: maintaining a competitive edge

Boursa Kuwait: maintaining a competitive edge
Mr. Khaled AlKhaled
Vice Chairman and CEO of Boursa Kuwait

Khaled AlKhaled, Vice Chairman and CEO of Boursa Kuwait, discusses the transformation of... Oct 24, 2017


Oil & Gas Brunei

Brunei heads further downstream

Brunei heads further downstream
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Retired) Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar
Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office in Brunei

An interview with Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Retired) Dato Seri Setia... Oct 18, 2017


ASEAN integration

Brunei’s regional multilateral relations

Brunei’s regional multilateral relations
Honourable Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng
Second Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng Second, Brunei’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, discusses... Oct 18, 2017


Nurturing Entrepreneurs in the Philippines

‘Go Negosyo is the prime mover of entrepreneurship in the Philippines’

‘Go Negosyo is the prime mover of entrepreneurship in the Philippines’
Joey Concepcion
CEO and President of Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)

Go Negosyo is the advocacy group of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), a... Oct 11, 2017


Tokyo Gas company

Deregulating energy in Japan

Deregulating energy in Japan
Mr. Michiaki Hirose
President of Tokyo Gas

‘Energy is one of the biggest problems we are encountering and the de-regulation is... Oct 10, 2017


Filipino Agro-industry

From farm to plate: the AgriNurture business model

From farm to plate: the AgriNurture business model
Mr. Antonio Tiu
President and CEO Agrinurture Inc.

AgriNurture Inc. is a company fully integrated into the agro-industry supply chain. President... Oct 10, 2017


Investing in the Philippines

‘From where we sit as lawyers, there is a determined effort for a new reform package’

‘From where we sit as lawyers, there is a determined effort for a new reform package’
Emerico O. De Guzman, Eusebio V. Tan and Angara Abello Concepcion
Regala & Cruz Law Offices

An interview with Emerico O. De Guzman, Eusebio V. Tan and Angara Abello Concepcion of Regala... Oct 09, 2017


Quisumbing Torres

Your legal partner in the Philippines

Your legal partner in the Philippines
Gil Roberto Zerrudo, Dennis A. Quintero, Bienvenido A. Marquez lll and Alain Charles J. Veloso
Filipino law firm Quisumbing Torres

An interwiew with attorneys Gil Roberto Zerrudo, Dennis A. Quintero, Bienvenido A. Marquez... Oct 05, 2017


Investing in the Philippines

JICA, supporting Japanese companies in the Philippines for over 60 years

JICA, supporting Japanese companies in the Philippines for over 60 years
Mr. Susumu Ito
Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Mr. Susumu Ito, Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),... Oct 02, 2017


Premiumization in the Philippines

Premiumization in the Philippines
Mr. Winston S. Co.
Director and President of Emperador Distillers, Inc.

An interview with Winston S. Co of Emperador Inc.

Sep 29, 2017


Sanitary Care the Philippines

“We are almost saturating the Philippines with our products and the shelves are almost ours”

“We are almost saturating the Philippines with our products and the shelves are almost ours”
Mr. Renato Sio
Chairman of Sanitary Care Products Asia

An interview with Mr. Renato Sio, Chairman of Sanitary Care Products Asia

Sep 28, 2017


Japan’s oldest theme park

‘We are not fancy like Disney Land and we do not aim to be so’

‘We are not fancy like Disney Land and we do not aim to be so’
Mr. Hirota Akihiko
CEO and President of Asakusa Hanayashiki

Visiting an amusement park may not be on the top of a foreign visitor’s list when... Sep 25, 2017


Telecoms in the Philippines

Globe drives the economy with data

Globe drives the economy with data
Mr. Ernest Cu
President and CEO of Globe Telecom

Mr. Ernest Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom, sat down with The Worldfolio to discuss... Sep 25, 2017


Sanyo Chemicals, Japan

The ‘NeeSeeds-Oriented’ approach

The ‘NeeSeeds-Oriented’ approach
Takao Ando
President of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.

An interview with Takao Ando, President of Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.

Sep 22, 2017






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