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By Tiziano Terzani

“An totally captivating and fascinating shuttle booklet that gives bright pics of bizarre corners of Asia, advised through a talented raconteur whose eyes have been open wide.” —Los Angeles occasions ebook Review

Warned via a Hong Kong fortune-teller to not hazard flying for a whole 12 months, Tiziano Terzani—a tremendously skilled Asia correspondent—took what he known as “the first step into an unknown international. . . . It grew to become out to be essentially the most outstanding years i've got ever spent: i used to be marked for dying, and as an alternative i used to be reborn.”

Traveling through foot, boat, bus, vehicle, and educate, he visited Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Geography increased below his toes. He consulted soothsayers, sorcerers, and shamans and got a lot advice—some clever, a few otherwise—about his destiny. With time to imagine, he realized to appreciate, appreciate, and worry for older methods of existence and ideology now threatened by way of the crasser different types of Western modernity. He rediscovered a spot he have been reporting on for many years. And reinvigorated himself within the technique.

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Europe 2020: Commission proposes new economic strategy in Europe. reference=IP/10/225. 2. pdf. COMPETITIVENESS AND PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT: CENTRAL ASIA 2011 © OECD 2011 43 2. HOW CENTRAL ASIAN ECONOMIES PERFORM: RESULTS FROM THE GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS INDEX Country-level competitiveness Kazakhstan: Need for more efficient institutions and financial markets In the 2010-11 edition of the GCI, Kazakhstan occupies the 72nd position, attributable to a number of strengths as well as numerous challenges.

9. Kazakhstan’s performance in comparison with its peer group Kazakhstan Transition from 1 to 2 Institutions 7 Innovation 6 Infrastructure 5 Business sophistication 4 Macroeconomic environment 3 2 Market size 1 Health and primary education Higher education and training Technological readiness Financial market development Goods market efficiency Labour market efficiency Source: Global Competitiveness Report 2010-11 (World Economic Forum). Strengths in macroeconomic environment, labour markets and education Not surprisingly given the country’s wealth in natural resources, the macroeconomic environment, ranked 26th in international comparison and outperforming both the EU average as well as the CIS average by a significant margin, is one of Kazakhstan’s competitive strengths.

In fact, they tend to reinforce each other. For example, innovation (pillar 12) is not possible in a country where weak competition among companies (pillar 6) or poor protection of intellectual property (pillar 1) reduce incentives to innovate. A well-educated population (pillar 5) best contributes to raising productivity when the labour market is flexible and meritocratic incentives are common in the workplace (pillar 7). The index also takes into account the fact that the different dimensions of competitiveness are not of equal importance to all countries.

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