Facts & Figures


Exporting the Brazilian Spirit, Cachaça



Exporting the Brazilian Spirit, Cachaça

Is it serendipity or part of the Plano Brasil Maior to expand markets for Brazilian products? The World Cup’s opening day is also International Cachaça Day. Cachaça is Brazil’s national (distilled) spirit. And it is indeed one of the export products promoted by the Brazilian government’s economic growth initiative, as reported by the Instituto Brasileiro da Cachaça (IBRAC). The hope […]

The Economic Effect of the World Cup – Infographic



The Economic Effect of the World Cup – Infographic

Much has been written about Brazilians’ discontent with the amount of money spent in hosting the World Cup this year. It’s been somewhat jarring given Brazil’s reputation as the arguable epicenter of soccer, though it’s consistent with the shade cities are casting toward hosting the Olympics in coming years. The infographic below, provided by financial services social […]

M.B.A. Now Most Popular Master’s Degree



M.B.A. Now Most Popular Master’s Degree

A Master’s in Business Administration has become the most popular type of master’s degree, according to information from the Department of Education, analyzed by Vox. In 2012, M.B.A. candidates made up 25.4 percent of all master’s students, up from 11.2 percent in 1971, 19.1 percent in 1981, and 24.6 percent in 2002. The 2012 data represents […]

What Can You Buy For $1 Dollar?



What Can You Buy For $1 Dollar?

Imagine you only had $1 in your pocket. What would you spend it on? Food? Electricity? Fuel? Shelter? We are asking people all around the world what can you buy for US $1 dollar. More than 1 billion people live in extreme poverty. If you agree that we can end poverty by 2030, join the […]

MegaStructures – China’s Ultimate Port, Yangshan Port



MegaStructures – China’s Ultimate Port, Yangshan Port

The National Geographic Documentary show the incredible operation that made the  Yangshan Port (洋山港)  It was built Port of Shanghai to grow despite shallow waters near the shore, it allows berths with depths of up to 15 metres (49 ft) to be built, and can handle today’s largest container ships. The port is built on the islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan, […]

Doing Business 2014 Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises



Overview Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 189 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. This year’s report data cover regulations measured from June 2012 through May 2013. The report is […]

ICC survey reveals practical barriers for businesses trading across borders



ICC survey reveals practical barriers for businesses trading across borders

An International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) survey, released today, highlights common impediments to cross border trade that can be taken into consideration by governments and policymakers worldwide when determining what can be done to facilitate the flow of goods across borders thereby contributing to global economic growth. While recognizing that the survey results are neither […]