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‘Contrasts (1) in Tabriz’s bazaar’. (Credit: Gaël POINAS/Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) (via: bit.ly)

An executive workshop on business opportunities in Iran took place at the DOC Research Institute in September 2017. Participants explored the business practices, opportunities, and approaches required to create safe and profitable business strategies for Iran.

The event was introduced by Pooran Chandra Pandey CEO of the DOC Research Institute, with an overview of Iran’s achievements of the last two years. In summary, Iran is one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world and exported about $91.99 billion worth of goods in 2017, making it the 38th largest export economy in the world. It also imported $70.53 billion worth of goods and services. …


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Qingdao, China (Credit: giusparta/Bigstock)

On 8–9 June, the 18th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Qingdao, China. As a result, the leaders of participating countries adopted a declaration consisting of 17 documents. The summit was marked by the fact that India and Pakistan participated for the first time as full-fledged members of the organisation.

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The SCO was founded as a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, which currently includes eight countries: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. There are four observer states, six dialogue partners, and four guest attendances. …


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Neural networks for art and a dialogue of cultures

Recent advances in digital technology have undoubtedly changed the art world forever, whether or not those with a more traditional approach approve of these changes. There are now so many ways for us to create beautiful and inspiring creative pieces, and these tools are accessible for anyone — not just the artistic elite.

One such piece of tech that’s gaining popularity is ‘neural networks’, a form of artificial intelligence (AI) that uses a computational approach. The process works by taking in a large amount of information, running this information through a large set of nodes (as with neurons within the human brain), and then transforming the original input into a new form. …


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Despite the fact that global warming remains a controversial subject, the majority of scientists agree that climate change is real and that changing temperatures and extreme weather patterns may seriously affect economic growth in the coming years. So, to prepare ourselves for these changes we should rethink the way we live, and, more importantly, the way we build.

Infrastructure is currently vulnerable to climate change: natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, droughts, and cyclones constantly cause heavy losses and damage for many societies. According to a UN report, the economic losses from catastrophic natural events are on an average between $250 billion and $300 billion USD annually and have quadrupled in the past 30 years. Disasters aside, slow onset changes such as increasing temperatures are also likely to have significant impacts on infrastructure. Ignoring these changes may increase the costs of infrastructure projects over their ‘life cycle’. …


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The majority of experts on economic and social development these days agree that traditional economic indicators, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita income, don’t fully reflect the quality of living and development in a particular country. Hence, they are insufficient measures of a country’s overall wellbeing. As they are ‘hard metrics’, GDP and per capita income fail to fully capture quality of life, including education, access to healthcare, infrastructure development, and personal satisfaction.

Despite the fact that thinking beyond GDP when measuring a country’s performance is relatively new, a couple of approaches have already been developed to measure the wellbeing of the country in a broader sense. One of the earliest attempts to assess national wellbeing, taking into account a full range of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ metrics was Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index, developed in 2008. Now there are a number of similar initiatives of different levels of complexity undertaken around the world, including the Beyond GDP programme by the European Union, Measuring a National Well-being programmein the UK and the Better Lives Compendium of Indicators developed by the OECD. All of the the alternative frameworks that have been developed took into consideration a wider range of indicators — from access to healthcare and education, to environmental conditions and personal satisfaction — that seem to be relevant for those living in these countries. …


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Speakers from the T20 associated roundtable, DOC RI Berlin.

30th May, Berlin. DOC Research Institute, in cooperation with T20 Argentina experts, held a roundtable at DOC headquarters, entitled ‘Capacity building for Infrastructure Development in Emerging Economies’. Participants who gathered in DOC HQ represent five continents (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe), which reflected the spirit of open cooperation and intercultural dialogue.

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Dr. Vladimir Yakunin gave the opening remarks, highlighting the importance of professional knowledge and skills in developing infrastructure projects that foster economic growth in lesser developed countries. The possible outcomes from investment in infrastructure development should be carefully studied, he argued.

Special attention should be paid to the fact that infrastructure investments are not a monetary ‘black hole’. They in fact have a wide range of positive effects from the very beginning of project implementation, such as job creation, local industry development, increased tax revenues, and requests for new educational services and skills. All of these positively affect the social wellbeing of a society and region” continued Yakunin. …


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The UNESCO Survey on intercultural dialogue 2017 sought to evaluate the conceptual understanding of intercultural dialogue across member states and the extent to which this impacts current policy and legislation. It also identified the difficulties in gathering reliable and relevant data, and how policy changes could promote intercultural dialogue in the future.

The survey identified solutions which can be deployed across sectors, regionally and nationally, as well as ideas for sharing good practice in data collection and analysis between member states.

The survey noted that modern technologies — which have facilitated access to global media — and large population migration have resulted in an increasing number of cultures existing together in close physical proximity as well existing together in cyberspace. Over 47% of international respondents believed that intercultural dialogue was essential to promoting long-term peaceful co-existence.


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On the 9th on April 2018, across Paris, Almaty, Moscow, Berlin, and several other cities, an online conference on dialogue was held, co-organised by DOC Research Institute.[1] Titled ‘The Concept of Dialogue in the Modern World: Philosophical Understanding and Practical Application,’ the aim of the e-conference was to spark intellectual and academic debate about issues related to the concept of dialogue, and its practical application in our modern, interconnected world.

The first online conference was held in 2017 and featured the DOC Research Institute’s research on the philosophical roots of intercultural dialogue developed and presented by Prof. Marietta Stepanyants, Chief Research Fellow and Chair of the UNESCO project, ‘Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures’, at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The discussion was focused on a flagship project ‘Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures’, which consists of an online-platform and textbook for schoolchildren, and a workbook for teachers. The platform, textbook, and workbook are aimed at boosting practical knowledge about different cultures and civilisations and expanding the understanding of the philosophical approach to understand intercultural dialogue. …


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Boao Forum for Asia. Photo credit: thenews.com

The Boao Forum for Asia is an organisation which focuses on the hosting of high-level forums for key leaders from within government, business and academia across Asia and other continents, inviting them to share their vision on the most urgent and pressing issues. It is sometimes known as the ‘Asian Davos’ and takes its name from its location, the town of Boao in the southern Hainan province of China. The Forum was officially inaugurated in February 2001, and its founding was driven by the People’s Republic of China. …


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2nd Russian-Chinese Economic forum, Eastern Perspective of the Russian Economy

Between 28 February 2 March, the 2nd Russian-Chinese Economic forum, Eastern Perspective of the Russian Economy was held in St. Petersburg. DOC Research Institute Program Manager Andrey Filippov attended the conference and took part in discussions on infrastructure development and the digital economy.

International cooperation in industrial production, Internet commerce, education, banking and investment in medicine, the textile industry and tourism were discussed. One of the key parts of the forum was dedicated to international cooperation on the Arctic, in the context of creating an infrastructure for the development of the northern hemisphere and new logistics routes in the region.

Experts noted the demand to develop new financial and logistic models for decision-making in supply chain management, logistics and warehousing, and also stressed the importance of taking into account the climatic conditions of high humidity and low temperatures. …

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Research & Investment Management #Policy #Governance ✍️ 📚👨‍💻💼🌐✈️ Executive Director, #DOC Moscow office Infrastructure for Development

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