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United States U.S.: Nextgov Goes in Depth - The 10 Best ‘Longreads’ of 2015
To wrap up the year, we thought we’d showcase the thoughtful, in-depth and, yes, long articles that tackle issues ranging from IT recruiting to improving government customer service.
Canada Canada: Manitoba's Planned Electoral Reform Could Lead to Lower Voting Age
The Manitoba government's plan to revamp the electoral system could lead to a younger voting age.
Fiji Fiji Submits Policy Initiatives for Framework
FIJI joined several countries in the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, in submitting policy initiatives for the 2016 public call for submissions under the Framework for Pacific Regionalism. Pacific Island Forum secretary general and Framework for Pacific Regionalism chairperson, Dame Meg Taylor says it was pleasing to note the positive response from the various individuals, civil society and private sectors from around the Pacific which showed the willingness of the stakeholders to a ...
Australia Australia: IP Systems Needs Reform, No More Geoblocking of Internet - Productivity Commission
Australians should be allowed to circumvent geoblocking which imposes restrictions on accessing services like Netflix under current intellectual property laws, the Productivity Commission has recommended.
Pakistan Pakistan: Escrow Buyer Protection Service Launched
Committed to delivering a secure and convenient online shopping experience to the country's booming internet population; Easypay has launched the Pakistan's first Escrow Buyer Protection service to further secure online shopping. Although online shopping has witnessed exponential growth in recent years, an overall lack of trust and a perceived risk of fraud in online purchasing is a key barrier to the growth of this industry.
India India: MAIT-MP Govt Hold Workshop on Good IT Procurement Practices
The Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing IT manufacturers, organised a sensitisation workshop on ‘Good Procurement Practices for Information Technology’ in Bhopal recently.
Canada 3 Tech Trends in Asia-Pacific That Hint at Canada’s Future: IDC
Is the future state of Canada’s technology market already playing out in the Asia-Pacific region? Some sophisticated trends in the mobility and augmented or virtual reality markets seen in the east will inevitably make their way to Canada, analysts with IDC Canada say.
Canada Canada: Joly Launches Public Consultations Ahead of Cultural Policy Review
Canada's heritage minister says that bringing a "digital approach" to the country's decades-old cultural policies will be one of the cornerstones of her mandate.
Tonga Tonga to Develop Comprehensive Trade and Investment Policy Framework
A joint team from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Geneva based International Trade Centre (ITC) are currently in Nuku’alofa, at the request of the Government of Tonga, to assist the Kingdom revitalise the formulation of its national trade and investment policy framework. The objective of the process and the trade and investment policy framework is to help guide the Kingdom of Tonga mainstream trade into its national development strategy. Revamping the country’s trade and inv ...
Global Lending to SMEs and Entrepreneurs Is Improving, but More Diverse Forms of Financing Are Needed
Financing for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has turned the corner from the downswing seen during the global financial crisis, but overall credit conditions remain challenging and access to external finance continues to be much tighter for SMEs than larger firms, according to a new OECD report. Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016: An OECD Scoreboard underlines that SMEs remain over-reliant on bank financing and points out the need for a diversification of financing sources and instr ...
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