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Boao Forum: Renminbi Internationalisation and Infrastructure Issues on the Cards

DUBAI, UAE, December 3, 2014 / PRNewswire — Currency and infrastructure were the two main topics that panellists and attendees chewed over during the Boao Forum, held in Dubai this week.

Solving the issues around these central tenets was deemed imperative to both successful Chinese cooperation, and economic growth – although there was diverse thinking as to how each should be ‘fixed’.

On currency, Zeng Peiyan, Vice Chairman of Boao Forum for Asia and Former Vice Premier of China, noted that financial cooperation should be used as a way to boost the Asian economy, using bilateral currency swaps as an example of a measure that would reduce trade risks and help maintain regional financial stability.

The Chiang Mai Initiative – which started as a series of bilateral swap arrangements in 2000 and has, over the last 14 years, developed into a multilateral currency swap arrangement – was the obvious way to improve cooperation, although it had its skeptics.

Dr Nasser Saidi, President of Nasser Saidi and Associates, suggested the Chiang Mai Initiative has been underused and should be extended to other countries, in particular the GCC states. He also highlighted the heterogeneity of Asia to state that the idea of a standardised Asian market is unrealistic and that instead, China must be the driver behind the development of Asian bond markets.

Of China’s power, HE Dominique de Villepin was certain. The Former Prime Minister of France, and President of UCRG International Advisory Board, pointed out that Asia represents one third of world output; with China holding almost $4 trillion of reserves.

“The wealth and growth is there. In order to go forward in terms of reforms, we need new global governance. The dollar has limited capacity to serve the world economy and all the thinking about a basket of currencies might be helpful in terms of finding a new balance.”

On infrastructure, new projects were celebrated, but there was serious discussion at the disparity between different regions of Asia. Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, pointed to the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a major landmark development for the world, which, he said, would be an important means for financing infrastructure projects in Asia and all over the world.

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Source: Vision Magazine

No 9-5: Making an App of it

DUBAI, UAE, November 3, 2014 / PRNewswire — When Nadeem Hakim found fault with existing games, he decided to develop his own. Meet the self-taught mobile app developer helping keep you up to date and entertained at the tap of an icon. Vision.ae [http://vision.ae/en ]

Do you need to locate a shop, find out the weather forecast, or simply play a game to while away the commute? There’s an app for that. In fact, there seems to be an app – an application you can download on your mobile phone – for everything. We all have our favourite apps, but have you ever thought about who is behind that little square tile?

One person who constantly thinks about apps you can’t live without is Nadeem Hakim, lead mobile app developer at Dubai-based digital agency, Prototype Interactive.

He did not set out to be an app developer. A commerce graduate and avid gamer, Hakim felt frustrated with existing games – so he made his own. Teaching himself how to programme through Google, he developed several games before being picked up by a games company in Mumbai, India.

According to Hakim, being an app developer requires a fiendish love for technology, old and new, spending a lot of time in front of the computer and self-motivation. “It’s a continuous learning curve, every two or three months you have to look for new technologies,” he explains. “No-one’s going to tell you ‘You need to learn this’, you have to push yourself.”

His inspiration, he says, is Angry Birds. One of Hakim’s most successful games apps is Parking Frenzy, with 3m downloads on the Android operating system and counting. “The idea [for Parking Frenzy] came from many people,” he says. “One of my friends was parking and we made fun of him: ‘You are not able to park my friend!’ and then we discussed it and eventually came up with the [app] idea.” Hakim started researching the geometry and trigonometry of manipulating a car within an app, before eventually hitting upon the idea of focusing on the steering wheel – moving the object from left to right, and rotating it.

Now he develops apps of all purposes for clients at Prototype. His aim is simple: to make life easier for people by helping their smartphones help them to free up time – whether to focus on more creative tasks or simply relax. “[I develop apps] so that people don’t have to worry about reminders and simple queries the phone can handle,” he notes. “Then your brain can be used for something much more productive.”

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Source: Vision Magazine