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July 1, 2013
Ralph Carter represented FedEx at the recent B20 discussions in Russia.The Palaces of Peter and Catherine the Great were a stunning backdrop to last week’s Business 20 ("B20") meetings in Russia. Governments around the world are looking for the right mix of policies to spur economic growth. With some countries opting for austerity while others try expansionary fiscal and monetary policies, consensus on the best approach is hard to find.
September 14, 2012
I just returned from the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, where leaders made steady advances to boost global free trade. A former Soviet era outpost, Vladivostok was once off-limits to foreigners as well as Soviet citizens. Russia made an impressive showing for the visiting APEC business and government leaders, spending billions of dollars on stunning new bridges and an entirely new university campus, where the APEC meetings were held.
June 13, 2012
Last year members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) celebrated the culmination of 18 years of negotiations and invited Russia to join the WTO. Russia is the last major economy to join the world trade body. Its entrance into the international, rules-based trading system, which most of the rest of the world is already in, is cause to celebrate.