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Global Issue 15

Contents Arena 44 As Nawaz Sharif returns to offi ce in Pakistan, Owen Bennett- Jones looks at the most pressing concerns in the road ahead 46 Sustainability consultant Aron Cramer looks at the lessons that can be learned from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh 48 Hidden wonders of the Himalayas are being lost, even before they are all discovered, as Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur reveal 54 Overdue and over budget, Amsterdam’s reborn Rijksmuseum has fi nally opened its doors again. Simon Calder heads to the Netherlands to see what all the fuss is about Ghana 36 A major exporter of gold, Ghana’s economy has been hit by falling prices of precious metals, says Anver Versi 40 John Dramani Mahama has faced several hurdles since coming to power earlier this year, not least a challenge The Bahamas 62 The islands form one of the richest nations in the Americas in terms of per capita GDP, as Sherelle Jacobs explains 64 In the 40 years since its independence, The Bahamas has gained a robust Global Insight: Making Money Move 14 From mobile money to virtual currencies, the digital revolution is reshaping the way we do business, as Neil Ford explains 18 Richard Walker looks at whether M-money will bring about the end of the current fi nancial system 20 Will the cashless society soon be upon us? David Wolman investigates 23 Most fi nancial institutions are failing to capitalise on the remittances market, says World Bank economist Dilip Ratha Global Insight: G20 26 Raymond Whitaker looks at what we can expect from 2013’s G20 28 Having missed its key targets on fi nancial reform, G20 can only succeed by transforming itself, says Prabhu Guptara 30 In an exclusive interview with Global, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe describes how his Abenomics policy could not only kickstart Japan’s fi nances, but help reboot the world economy Regulars 3 Briefs: bear farming; India’s olive oil revolution; child domestic workers 6 Vital statistics: global cancer 7 Energy Watch: world energy trends 9 Out of Africa: Africa’s new relationship with Japan 10 Election Watch: who’s in and who’s out to the election result, as Baffour Ankomah explains 42 Ghana’s cultural heritage, dating back thousands of years, is still very much part of its more modern, cosmopolitan lifestyle, as Juliet Highet discovers political system, says Anver Versi 66 There’s more to The Bahamas than palm-fringed beaches and luxurious yachts swaying gently under the sun. Juliet Highet reports Singapore 56 Anver Versi on why the nation is now the best place in the world to do business 58 Singapore’s People’s Action Party has ruled the island state continuously since independence 50 years ago, but its leaders have had to respond to popular dissatisfaction on several fronts 60 Too many tourists use Singapore as a quick stop off en route to more exciting destinations, but the government is trying to address this, as Juliet Highet fi nds out 12 Globalist: developing new crop varieties to feed the hungry Oliver Tickell 53 Book reviews: Lagos: A Cultural and Literary History and Pakistan: A New History 88 Hail and Farewell: hello Prince George, goodbye Julia Gillard 69 Commonwealth Network  INTERVIEW Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow tells Katie Silvester about the pros and cons of running a small country  INTERVIEW Former Secretary- General Don McKinnon talks to Stuart Mole about how he dealt with Zimbabwe’s departure from the Commonwealth  The 2013 Nexus Commonwealth Awards 2 l thi rd quar ter 2013 global www.global-briefing.org


Global Issue 15
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