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The Perils of Depending on Food Imports | Global Stage | GZERO Media

The perils of depending on food imports: UN Foundation chief

We all know there's a global food crisis due to the impact of shortages of Russian and Ukrainian grain, fertilizers, and fuel. But UN Foundation chief Elizabeth Cousens thinks high prices are hurting some countries even more.

Take for instance Yemen, which imports 90% of its food and is thus highly vulnerable to any external shocks.

While addressing famine is the top priority, Cousens says in a Global Stage livestream conversation that the long-term plan should be "laying the foundation for a much more resilient, equitable food system."

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Digital Cross-Border Trade Post-COVID:Paperless, Logistics Tech | Economic Empowerment | GZERO Media

How digitization is accelerating international trade

How did the pandemic facilitate cross-border trade?

It certainly helped move things along more efficiently in two ways, Nextrade Group founder and CEO Kati Suominen says during a livestream conversation on closing the global digital gap hosted by GZERO in partnership with Visa.

First, customs agencies in many countries (finally!) went paperless — a huge help for small businesses. Second, COVID accelerated the move toward logistics tech innovations like data-driven route optimization or drone delivery that make it easier and faster to deliver stuff.

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Adapting To A Digital Economy Around The World | Economic Empowerment | GZERO Media

Adapting to a digital economy around the world

In the next decade, 70% of new value in the global economy will come from digital businesses. But more than 3.5 billion people without internet access will be cut off, and not all of them will live in the developing world.

“This is very much a global challenge,” Eurasia Group senior analyst Ali Wyne says in a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Visa.

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Will Nepal Cash Out? | Economic Empowerment | GZERO Media

Will Nepal cash out?

Like much of the world, Nepal saw digital payments soar during the pandemic.

Tulsi Rauniyar, a young Nepalese documentary photographer, experienced the transition firsthand. With COVID making human touch a big concern, e-commerce and cashless transactions became more commonplace — so much so that Rauniyar herself rarely uses cash anymore. This technological globalization is increasingly helping female entrepreneurs and businesswomen succeed in Nepal. But it still needs to reach rural areas — where many hard-working women are unaware of these transformative technologies.

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Connecting The World: The Power of Digital Trade | GZERO Media

Connecting the world: the power of digital trade

In their work around the globe, Catherine Shimony and her partner, Joan Shifrin, saw many women artisans in need. “We saw beautiful products women were making but they often didn’t have a market to sell them in, even locally. Beautiful products languished,” Shifrin explains.

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A mink at a Danish farm.

Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS

Hard Numbers: Danish snap vote, South Korean arms sales boom, global trade slowdown, Haitian anarchy

7: On Wednesday, Danish PM Mette Frederiksen called a snap election seven months before the end of her term, with the ruling center-left bloc tied in the polls with the center-right opposition. Frederiksen's approval has tanked recently due to her role in the government's illegal and botched attempt to cull the country's entire population of … mink.

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Putin Believes He Can Escalate Out Of This Situation. Experts Don’t. | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Russia struggles in Ukraine, Putin escalates

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics from Seoul, South Korea.

What's the European reaction to what Mr. Putin has just announced?

Well, it's fairly obvious that Mr. Putin is under substantial pressure, from his military failures on the front line with Ukraine, and from his diplomatic failures on the global political front. And he believes that he can escalate himself out of this situation. I mean, experts don't really believe that's possible, certainly not on the diplomatic front and most probably not on the military front either. So what's happening is that he's is in a hole and he is digging. And it is not going to end well, this particular story. The European reaction, is to increase support for Ukraine.

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Are we entering a post-dollar world?

Are we entering a post-dollar world?

The U.S. dollar reigns supreme among all currencies in global trade and finance.

What does this mean? Only that the dollar is the currency of choice for most economic activities conducted around the world, including those by and between non-U.S. entities. For instance:

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