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Colombia cannabis - ripe to reap

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15-Jun-18 Colombia’s nascent medical marijuana industry looks set to boom. In Jan-18, the International Narcotics Control Board allotted Colombia a 40.5 tonne marijuana production quota, the largest in the world and 44% of the total.

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Shifting China capital flows pose risk for emerging markets

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31-May-18 China’s trade surpluses are declining in a shift that will see less of its excess savings recycled into global capital markets. With the US Federal Reserve shrinking its balance sheet and raising interest rates, Treasury yields are at their highest since 2011, putting strains on nations that borrowed dollars. Turkey’s central bank has been forced into emergency action to shore up its currency, while Argentina has sought external help. [Image: The Star online]

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Peru's mobile wallet that other nations copy

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07-May-18 Many countries want to emulate Peru’s BIM e-wallet, Latin America’s first national mobile money scheme. But a challenge for governments in emerging countries is persuading consumers and small businesses to move from using informal cash to electronic payments. [image: Bloomberg News / PaymentsSource]

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Emerging markets will transform e-commerce

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07-May-18 Emerging markets are essential for e-commerce growth, as retailers in developed markets may soon reach saturation in terms of consumer growth. E-commerce penetration rates in these areas hover between 2% and 6%, presenting a huge opportunity for future growth. [image: Shutterstock / Retail In Asia]

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Mexico: Medical tourism relies on the US

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30-Apr-18 The professional care of the Mexico’s health sector and savings of up to 80% in medical procedures could be the spark needed to ignite the industry and encourage further Americans to travel south for their care. [image: Tourism Review]

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