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Asia Pacific Economics

Challenges for China: The path towards a knowledge economy

Despite the presence of structural challenges, a knowledge economy does not seem likely to lead to the stability of China and may lead to further growth.

International Technology and infrastructure

Why the next disruptive technology isn’t tech at all

The next level of disruptive change is beyond optimisation of processes – it must address human problems that underlie today’s complex social challenges.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

India consumer-tech startups face unique challenges

A fast growing internet user base, a compelling Indian growth story, and a host of smart, proactive entrepreneurs are fueling a boom in technology startups in India. However, these entrepreneurs

Asia Pacific Economics

“Made in Indonesia” smartphone law presents uphill battle for investors

A regulation due to come into effect later this year will shake up the Indonesian smartphone market. Global brands seeking access to Indonesia’s fast-growing and potentially vast mobile market will

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Africa’s start-ups show potential but lack access to capital

Thanks to the success of its mobile phone market, Africa’s tech start-up scene has developed rapidly, with tremendous market potential. Nevertheless, lack of capital and high service costs could stand in the way

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Jordan’s ‘Sowt’ a new voice for the Arab Spring

It is podcast meets Twitter. Available in English and Arabic, Sowt (meaning “voice” in Arabic) allows users to share with the world an audio message lasting forty-two seconds or fewer.