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Zimbabwe’s Struggle to Formalise the Informal

Thursday, April 24, 2014

HARARE, Apr 24 (IPS) - Zimbabwe's extensive informal sector could help boost government revenue if regularised, but this won't happen unless the government creates incentives for the informal sector to register, economists say.

Storm in a Rice Bowl

Thursday, April 24, 2014

SEOUL, Apr 24 (IPS) - Rice, a staple of the South Korean diet, is stirring up a bowlful of worry for Seoul. Under a promise to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the government has to make a tough choice on rice imports by June this year.

Argentina’s Informal Economy Shrinks, But Not Fast Enough

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Apr 23 (IPS) - At the age of 22, Franco finally landed his first job, although he is not on any payroll and receives no labour benefits. He is part of Argentina's informal economy, where one out of three workers are employed – a proportion the government aims to reduce by means of a new law.

Japan Seeks Foreign Workers, Uneasily

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOKYO, Apr 23 (IPS) - Desperate for more workers to support a construction boom, Japan has proposed to expand its controversial foreign trainee programme to permit more unskilled labour from Asia to work in Japanese companies for five years from the current three years.

Culture Increasingly Unaffordable for Cubans

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 23 (IPS) - Standing in line for a concert at the Centro Cultural Fábrica de Arte, a cultural centre in the Cuban capital, Alexis Cruz anxiously checks his billfold, where he has the price of the ticket – 50 Cuban pesos (two dollars) - and three CUCs (equivalent to one dollar each) to buy something to drink.

Bringing the Bridges Home

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BERLIN, Apr 23 (IPS) - As foreign forces withdraw slowly from Afghanistan, they leave behind a vulnerable band of people who were their ears and guides on the ground. These people who served as interpreters, face a life of threats and uncertainties. Many have been killed.

Weak Laws and Capitalist Economy Deplete Kenya’s Natural Wealth

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NAIROBI, Apr 22 (IPS) - Each season Peter Gichangi, a vegetable and arrowroot commercial farmer who owns four hectares of land in Nyeri County, Kenya's Central Province, cultivates his crops near the Nduyi River.

Cuba’s Burgeoning Private Sector Hungry for Flora and Fauna

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 22 (IPS) - The lack of markets to supply raw materials for Cuba's new private sector, along with the poverty in isolated rural communities, is fuelling the poaching of endangered species of flora and fauna.

The Global Trading System Aims to Improve Children’s Lives

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 22 (IPS) - Although some people don't see the connection, the global trading system is aimed at creating some of the essential conditions needed to improve children's lives and their prospects in the future.

Imprisoning Themselves to Stay Safe

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq, Apr 22 (IPS) - "I don't dare tell you who the murderers are but their target is just us, Turkmens," says Ahmed Abdulla Muhtaroglu, sitting by the portrait of his brother killed last year.

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