OCP Policy Center is a think tank that has the ambition to function as an open debate platform, in the spirit of a “public good”, a center for fact-based intellectual stimulation, an incubator for ideas, and a proactive source of proposals for decision-makers and all stakeholders. Its overarching objective is to enhance corporate and national capacities for objective policy analysis to foster economic and social development, particularly in Morocco and emerging economies. OCP Policy Center does this by conducting and promoting independent policy research, knowledge, and training activities. It aims to create an environment of informed and fact-based public policy debate, especially on the following themes and issues: sustainable agriculture, environment, and food security; macroeconomic policy, economic and social development, and regional economics; commodity economics; understanding key regional and global evolutions shaping the future of Morocco. This is also achieved in partnership with a carefully selected network of think tanks [...]
Energy has a critical impact on economic development and standards of living. Wherever it is available, energy is helping to drive progress, but sustainability will require changes in the way that it is used and managed. This is the environment in which we conduct our business. With operations in more than 130 countries, Total is a top-tier international oil company and a world-class natural gas operator, refiner and petrochemical producer. Our 97,000 employees leverage their acknowledged expertise to discover, produce, refine and convert oil and gas to provide products and services for customers worldwide. We are also broadening our offering by developing energies that can partner oil and gas — today, solar energy and tomorrow, biomass. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.
With more than 130,000 people in 44 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The group reported 2012 global revenues of EUR 10.3 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience™, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model. Since the creation of the group in 1967, Capgemini’s’ culture and business practices have been inspired and guided by seven core values. These principles drive Capgemini as a group and also as individuals. More than just rules of behavior, these values are at the heart of Capgemini’s’ approach as an ethical and responsible company. A fundamental part of the group’s DNA, they are the guarantor of Capgemini’s reputation: Honesty, Boldness, Trust, Freedom, [...]
Founded in 1968, and now Korea’s largest manufacturer of fabricated copper and copper alloy products, Poongsan Corporation plays a crucial role in a wide range of industrial sectors, from heavy industry to high-tech areas such as electronics and semiconductors. The product line includes a broad spectrum of copper and copper alloy products such as sheets, strips, pipes, tubes, rods, bars, wires, precision forging products, and ammunition for military and sporting use. Poongsan also enjoys the distinction of being the world’s number one supplier of coin blanks. Governments around the world entrust the company with the task of providing the highest quality coin blanks to be used in minting their coins. Poongsan operates one brass mill, two defense plants, and six domestic affiliates in Korea. In addition, Poongsan has eight overseas subsidiaries with the largest of which is PMX Industries, Inc. in the USA.
The Renault-Nissan alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in 10 cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, have 285,000 employees and five major brands: Renault, Nissan, Renault Samsung Motors, Dacia, Lada and Infiniti. They sold 8.03 million cars in 2011, making the alliance the world’s third largest automotive group. Since its founding 13 years ago, the cross-cultural alliance has expanded significantly, particularly into emerging markets. The alliance is the auto industry’s leading champion of sustainable transportation and the only one to have mass-market, affordable zero-emission vehicles for mainstream consumers.
Grampet Group is the largest private rail freight and logistics holding in Romania and in SEE, offering solutions for customers’ complex businesses in the railway sector. Grampet Group can offer integrated logistics services and freight transport solutions on the routes that connect the Black Sea to the Adriatic Sea and the North Sea. With operations in six countries across the region, Grampet Group comprises some of Romania’s relevant companies, from the country’s largest private rail freight transport operator, Grup Feroviar Român, to some of the most modern factories, RELOC – Electroputere VFU Craiova, REVA Simeria and Electroputere VFU Pascani.
EximBank has been actively involved for more than 20 years in granting assistance and promoting the Romanian business environment by providing support to local companies. The bank started as an export agency aimed at financing the activity of the national companies. Over the years, the objectives have changed and EximBank became an institution exclusively focused on corporate financing. The bank has a unique business model on the Romanian market that combines the features of a commercial bank while functioning under the state name and account. EximBank has a threefold portfolio consisting in financing, guarantees and insurance products addressing the needs of any type of company.
SN NuclearElectrica SA was set up in 1998 as a strategic national energy producer able to deliver clean and affordable energy to both population and industrial consumers. NuclearElectrica operates two nuclear units at Cernavoda NPP of 706 MW capacity each and a nuclear fuel plant in Pitesti. NuclearlElectrica is the third most important energy producer in the country, covering 20% of the national consumption. In September of this year, NuclearElectrica has listed 10% of its shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange Market. It was the first IPO in five years and it was a success as shown by the oversubscription rates: 5.6% for natural persons and 2.3% for institutional investors.
An-Nahar is a leading Lebanese daily political newspaper, independent and liberal. Founded in 1933 by Gebran Tuéni, it is centered on the concept of freedom: freedom of speech, absolute search for truth and the defense of human rights.
Les Echos, France’s leading business and financial daily newspaper. Founded in 1908, the Les Echos newspaper is the leading French national business and financial daily. It covers and analyses all the national, regional and international stories affecting business life. Les Echos‘ total circulation stood at 127,361 copies in 2009 (source: OJD 2009). It is the leading national daily read by business leaders and executives and by influential decision makers. All in all, over 705,000 people read the newspaper each day (Source Epiq 2008-2009).
Maeil Business Newspaper is Korea’s leading business publication mostly read by businessmen, corporate subscribers, and other opinion leaders. This fame derives from accurate, objective and balanced articles written by professional reporters. Founded in 1966, with 1.2 million circulation nationwide and general programming channel MBN, Maekyung Media Group is present in 22 countries through 40 broadcasting companies. The group is also well-known for hosting the World Knowledge Forum, one of Asia’s most prestigious business forums which is held every year in Seoul.
L’Orient-Le Jour is the main Lebanese daily newspaper edited in French of the Middle East. Born of a merger between two daily newspapers, L’Orient and Le Jour, it will celebrate in 2014 its 90th anniversary and thus, it has covered, without interruption, the major steps of the contemporary history of Lebanon and the Middle East. It is regarded as a reference and an essential working tool for the Lebanese elite and middle class as well as for the business community, journalists and foreign scholars, diplomats, officials and policy makers, in Lebanon and abroad. Its editorial line is liberal; it defends the humanist values, human rights, and the pluralism and sovereignty of Lebanon.
Session 1: Global economic order at the Crossroads The revolution in information technologies and the geographical redistribution of economic power, in particular the emergence of China and weakening of the European Union, have led to a correction in the economic order resulting from the Second World War. Examples of this change are the rise of the G20 following the 2007-2008 crisis, and the weakening of trade multilateralism in favour of bilateral or plurilateral agreements. Many observers are placing increasing importance on “geoeconomics”, understood as the intersection of international economics and geopolitics. For example, the Chinese initiative to create the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) should be analysed from this perspective. Growing interest in “geoeconomics” is also based on the increased importance of sanctions as a means of action in international relations. More thoroughly, one could argue that, despite appearances, certain aspects of globalisation might be in peril. Without ignoring the [...]