Business

In this case my business section generally avoids pure finance or ‘City’ articles, although it includes material from Finance Week. I’ve had a wide experience of business stories from analysing how an Indonesian conglomerate manages its finances to why freight insurance might not be worth the paper its written on. It should also become clear that I have strong connections to particular business sectors, primarily technology and the sustainable business sector.

Foreign firms face environmental whip first

Follow the Money: CleanBiz.Asia The crack of China’s environmental whip was heard across the foreign investment community when BMW was told to pick up its environmental game. “Drinking polluted water while driving BMW sedans is certainly not the type of industrialization we are looking forward to,” China’s environment minister, Zhou Shengxian, told the People’s...

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Time for India to face facts

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia August 2, 2012 To paraphrase wit and playwright Oscar Wilde: “To lose one grid, Mr Singh, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness”. For India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the power collapse of, eventually, three power grids over two days leaving more than 600 million...

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FBI investigates reverse merger advisors

FBI investigates reverse merger advisors

CleanBiz.Asia, February 06, 2012 Problems for Chinese companies which listed on the US exchanges through reverse mergers, many of which are in the clean tech sector, are set to get worse. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun an investigation into the New York Global Group, which is known as taking Chinese companies public...

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Burma’s intriguing power game beckons clean biz investors

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 13th, 2012 Gerry O’Kane There is an intriguing fight developing between clean and renewable business and non-green industries in Burma. In a very public announcement – to reporters in Rangoon – the minister for electricity Khin Maung Soe halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal-fired power station. It comes...

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China should be encouraged away from cleantech espionage

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 4th, 2012 In all the rush and stupor of the Festive Season there were a couple of intriguing stories that didn’t get the notice they deserved. Amidst what US-observers describe as a bleak outlook surrounding federal clean energy policy, it seems there was a victory for those supporting US/China...

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China and India R&D spend continues to outstrip

October 28, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane CleanBiz.Asia Implications in the cleantech war that is developing globally can be seen in the latest research into R&D investment and innovation. Research from consultants Booz & Company into the world’s top 1,000 spenders on R&D, show that while there had been recovery in spending by North American...

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That Burma dam story in full

Follow the Money Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane One simply cannot ignore the Burma/China debate over the Myitsone hydropower plant project, which the Burmese president Thein Sein cancelled unexpectedly earlier this month. The story has the cynics guffawing in the aisles. On the one hand you have a Chinese state administration spluttering...

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A-Power trips up again over auditors

October 10, 2011 By; Gerry O’Kane CleanBiz.Asia One of China’s biggest wind turbine markers, US-listed A-Power Energy Generation Systems is still facing problems with its accountants. It turns out that BDO Daejoo LLC, which previously had agreed to act as its independent auditor, has resigned. In a swift move to overcome criticism its has...

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Multi-billion dollar Asian shark fin industry under pressure

Multi-billion dollar Asian shark fin industry under pressure

Date: October 05, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane CleanBiz.Asia The seedy business of shark fishing is coming under increasing pressure in its own main market – Asia. It’s a business that could be worth over USD30 billion a year. The latest move against the business was the announcement of Singapore’s supermarket chain Cold Storage (a...

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Vietnam turbine deal has political ramifications

August 16, 2011 By; Gerry O’Kane CleanBiz.Asia The announcement of a new wind turbine deal in Vietnam might also highlight the ever-increasing tensions over the resources around the islands of the South China Sea. US-based Xzeres has announced a substantial wind power system order from an unnamed customer in Vietnam. The specialist in small...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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