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WHAT'S NEXT?: Break up of traditional political structures is on the cards in many parts of the world as technology brings challenges to slow and bureaucratic decision-making. New forms of more agile democratic structures are likely to emerge.

  • [New] Microsoft looks forward to continuing its cyber defence and disruption partnership work with the Government of Canada and exploring how the Ransomware Task Force recommendations could further enhance efforts in Canada. Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • [New] Fully vaccinated adults from 33 countries, including the UK, China and EU nations will be allowed to fly into the US. The Independent
  • [New] In keeping with the Paris Agreement's requirement that countries aim to increase and state their ambition every five years, in July the Trudeau government committed Canada to achieving at least a 40 to 45% pollution reduction in 2030. Guy on Climate
  • [New] The changing global geopolitical and technological environment is reshaping the way global digital trade is developed, and digitization will become a core competency for Chinese companies in global trade.
  • [New] If the OPVs prove to perform duties previously given to frigates successfully, the British Government might have the argument to deploy future frigates elsewhere. UK Defence Journal
  • [New] In Bolivia, the foundational principles of the plurinational state established under Evo Morales' presidency were attacked under the dictatorship of Jeanine Anez, leaving many to reflect on how the socialist government of Luis Arce now plans to continue, and deepen Bolivia's 'process of change'. Eventbrite
  • [New] Fully vaccinated foreign nationals and American citizens returning to the United States from abroad will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within three days of their flight, and show proof of a negative result before boarding. CNN
  • [New] Changes of government are usually occasions for countries to reassess their foreign relations, but few analysts reckon Malaysia's new government that came into office late last month will oversee any fundamental change in approach. DW.COM
  • [New] Business can benefit from greater UK Government support for cross-border data flows in the new free trade agreements being made with Australia, New Zealand and India, as well as other digital trade agreements, and further opportunities through the G7 and the World Trade Organisation. Jackson Diehl
  • [New] The Trump administration sought to force countries to avoid using Huawei Technologies Co's equipment in 5G networks, while China has used trade reprisals - most prominently against Australia - to warn nations against challenging its interests. Bangkok Post
  • [New] The European Commission released its package of proposals to align climate and energy legislation with its new nationally determined contribution of net 55% emissions reductions by 2030 back in July. CAN Europe
  • [New] China alone will see a worker gap of 384 million connected with a working age population that will shrink by 160 million between 2020 and 2050 as the population of retirement-age workers expands. Center for Global Development
  • [New] A little further afield, the countries of the Southern Asia region as a whole will see an old-age dependency ratio of just 22% in 2050, and add 339 million to their working age population between now and then - that compares to a worker gap of 384 million in China. Center for Global Development
  • [New] Many leaders from developing countries will emphasize that the U.S. and other rich nations have hogged vaccine supplies. Politico
  • [New] Australia should lift its emissions reduction target to bring it in line with key allies like the United Kingdom and United States, and most other wealthy nations, which have committed to cut emissions by about 50% or more by 2030 and to reach net zero by 2050 at the latest. Brisbane Times
  • [New] The UK currently takes up a third of all Kenyan exports to the European Union with the government optimistic the deal will expose Kenya to a Sh20 trillion export market. The Standard Group PLC
  • [New] An interruption to Washington's operations could jeopardize critical federal agencies and programs, from closing some national parks to delaying Social Security checks. The Washington Post
  • [New] Many expect carbon markets to continue heating up as governments around the world consider pricing and capping carbon emissions to address climate change. DLA Piper
  • [New] The United States and its European allies should be clear that unless the Taliban establish a more inclusive government, the UN waiver that allowed sanctioned Taliban leaders to travel internationally will be withdrawn when it comes up for renewal later in 2021. Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • [New] In high - income countries, racial and ethnic minorities are at higher risk of underdiagnosis than the majority population, as documented by studies from Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • [New] In many high-income countries, including the United States and several European Union nations, the number of racially and ethnically diverse older adults is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades.
  • [New] Ongoing political uncertainty and threats to global economic growth may negatively impact M&A activity, including persistent trade tensions between the United States and China, as well as other unresolved trade issues. The National Law Review
  • [New] The Cold Wallet Visual Payment Card and similar cold wallet devices offer a secure and convenient alternative to mobile wallets on smartphones and will also bring digital currency solutions to the portion of the Chinese population without banking relationships or mobile phones. SURPERFORMANCE

Last updated: 22 September 2021