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Financial Institutions and Agribusinesses Commit $3 Billion to Sustainable Production

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The Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco (IFACC) initiative launched by The Nature Conservancy, Tropical Forest Alliance from The World Economic Forum, and The United Nations Environment Programme announced an investment commitment worth $3 billion – with more than $200 million in disbursements by 2022.

With a goal to reach $10 billion of commitments and $1 billion in disbursements by 2025, the initiative brings together eight financial, and agribusiness companies to accelerate deforestation-and-conversion-free soy and cattle production in South America. This initiative aims to protect the land as industry expands.

The companies – &Green Fund, AGRI3, DuAgro, Grupo Gaia, JGP Asset Management, Syngenta, Sustainable Investment Management and VERT – announced their financial commitments, and signing of the IFACC Declaration, at the World Leaders’ Summit at COP26, as part of their plans to shift commodity production in the region to a more sustainable model.

Cattle and soy production are amongst the biggest drivers of deforestation and conversion of natural vegetation in these valuable ecosystems, therefore expansion of investment in ‘forest-positive’ production models is critical.

It complements other efforts such as supply chain sourcing commitments, traceability systems, reform of land-use and trade policies, and jurisdictional approaches.

The finance committed from these private entities will accelerate the flow of capital to farmers to transition to more sustainable business models which include extending production over degraded pasture lands, and, raising yields through sustainable intensification of cattle ranching.

With global demand for agriculture rising at a tremendous rate – more than twice the rate of increase in the human population, the Amazon, Chaco, and Cerrado, face significant risk of conversion.

At the same time, growing international demand for deforestation-free products, regulatory changes in consumer countries, and investor expectations, are driving the need for a major transition in food production systems.

New collaborations on finance such as IFACC can help accelerate the change required to meet these emerging trends.

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Nanno Kleiterp, Chairman of & Green’s Board of Directors, &Green said: “We’re working on the most difficult and complex commodities, and that’s where we want to make an impact. Ultimately, we want to show that inclusive, sustainable and deforestation-free commodity production can be commercially viable.”

Nick Moss, Director, AGRI3 Fund said: “Scaling business models which promote sustainability and conservation in the land use sector requires the mobilisation of significant amounts of capital. Joining IFACC, we see a huge opportunity to be able to build on our current work, develop new partnerships and initiatives and share knowledge, with the overall aim of mobilising more finance into sustainable land use in the Amazon and Cerrado region. AGRI3 will contribute to the overall aims of IFACC by providing guarantees to commercial lenders to support loans to eligible sustainable land use projects in the region.”

Fernanda Mello, CEO, DuAgro said: “Becoming a signatory to IFACC encourages us to set firm goals regarding our role in this new world. We will use our market experience and our privileged position, of those who deal with the entire agri chain and the investors who finance it, to map and engage green bond issuance opportunities in Brazil. By 2022, we intend to issue a minimum of R$30 million in green bonds. By 2025, 30% of the entire financial volume of our operations will be compliant with the IFACC requirements, and over the next five years, the percentage is expected to reach at least 35%.”

João Paulo Pacífico, CEO, Grupo Gaia said: “We are very honoured to be one of the IFACC’s signatories and to contribute to such an important environmental issue. In a few years, we will look back and wonder how some companies have not signed the IFACC declaration, a commitment that is extremely urgent for the world.”

José Pugas, Partner and Head of ESG and Agribusiness at JGP Crédit, said: “We, financial leaders, have a duty to consciously use our capacity for transformation through capital, acting proactively to accelerate the transition towards the green economy. By joining IFACC, we at JGP are investing our efforts in the belief that initiatives like this, which combine the productive stimulus with the need for environmental restoration, will be able to generate the greatest impact and carry out the social function of capital more effectively.”

Pedro Moura Costa, CEO, Sustainable Investment Management, said: “Through our innovative financial approaches, we provide financial incentives to farmers, committed to halting deforestation associated with expansion of soy cultivation in the Brazilian Cerrado. The Responsible Commodities Facility will create a series of debt funds, capitalized through the issuance of green bonds, to direct finance to sustainable agricultural practices in the region, contributing to the objectives of IFACC.”

Daniel Vennard, Chief Sustainability Officer of Syngenta, said: “One of the most impactful transformations we can make in global agriculture is reclaiming degraded farmland. In Brazil, we are working with The Nature Conservancy, farmers, and other stakeholders to recover 1 million hectares of degraded pastureland in the Cerrado, including an affordable credit line for farmers to finance the investment. Achieving our goal will require $2 billion of investment – which is why it is crucial for international groups and investors to collaborate through initiatives like IFACC.”

Martha De Sa, CEO, VERT said: “In addition to setting objective goals, such as the issuance of at least R$100 million in green bonds yet next year, VERT is committed to working for the education of the market in which it operates: on one hand, encouraging the adjustment of rural producers to the parameters of IFACC, and on the other, promoting the availability of good greens for impacting investors.”

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What can I do with an Economics degree?

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A degree in economics will increase your employability in any industry. High-skilled graduates are in high demand worldwide. The wide range of problem-solving and analytical skills that students with economics degrees have made them a versatile and valuable asset to the economy industry makes it a very interesting field. This filed is really difficult in getting in degree and quite who has ever learned economics have thought “I need help to do my economics assignment” but it is worth spending 4+ years if you are really into it.

Here’s a list of top economics jobs, including details about what you can expect and skills required.

Economist careers

A professional economist will research and analyze economic data, issues, and trends. You will need to complete a postgraduate degree in economics to be qualified to work as an economist. A professional economist will also need to be able produce economic forecasts and reports that can be presented to clients (individuals or financial institutions) and provide business advice.

Local and national government, private and public banks, insurance companies, think tanks, large multinational corporations, financial consultancies and accountancy firms are all possible employers. This role requires a solid understanding of current affairs and economic contexts.

Bank jobs in Economics

Economists are attracted to banking careers. These jobs offer great earning potential and high demand. A background in economics is highly valued for roles in financial management, financial planning and risk analysis. Bank careers focus on advising and providing services to a wide range of customers and clients, with a strong emphasis on meeting the financial needs of their clients.

Accountancy careers in economics

Further professional qualifications are required to become a qualified accountant. However, economics graduates can find many roles in accountancy. You can work in multiple industries and be an accountant. Your job focuses on the financial position of an individual, company, or organization. Accounting careers often involve recording, classifying and interpreting financial data.

Strong analytical skills and computer literacy are required for these careers. Accounting jobs are best suited for graduates in Economics who can easily make sense out of complex data sets.

Careers in economics and financial consultancy

Economists and economists are vital to the financial consulting industry and the business world. There are many opportunities for economics graduates to find employment in large and medium-sized companies that need to conduct economic research. A role as an economic researcher requires a thorough understanding of economic theories, models, analytical and problem solving skills, and mathematical ability. Similar roles would be filled by financial consultants working in the field of economics. However, they might work for multiple clients and produce reports as well as advising on business strategy. This role requires a high level of industry knowledge and understanding of corporate finances.

The public sector offers many opportunities for economic careers

Economists are highly valued in all aspects of public and private spending. The public sector often includes jobs in economics, including transport, commercial, waste and energy services. The recent global recession and tightening of economic regulation worldwide have led to an increase in the demand for economics students.

Careers in economics that involve data analysis and actuarial work

An actuary can be described as a business professional who advises on and evaluates the impact of financial uncertainty and risk. Accurate knowledge of both economics and business is used by actuaries to provide reports and develop strategies for reducing these risks. The majority of the entry-level roles in this field involve insurance and pensions. However, later you may be able move into areas such as banking, investments, or healthcare. Actuaries need to be proficient in mathematics and statistical compiling, as well as able communicate complex data to non-experts.

Careers and jobs in alternative economics

A background in economics can make it seem that almost anything is possible. Other common roles and careers in economics include stockbroker and insurer, business manager (retail merchandizer), retail merchandizer and pricing analyst, statistician and financial consultant, and salesperson.

If none of these interests you, what are you able to do with an economics degree? These are just a few of the options you might want to explore: international development and human resource management, journalism law, management, marketing research, politics, public relation, taxation and taxation. Or you can even start your own business as an entrepreneur!

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How Smart Investing can be a Significant Strategy for Traders

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Despite being one of the biggest sources of passive income, the forex market is still unexplored by many. The main reason is the risk involved. Traders, especially those with little experience, fear losing money because its an unpredictable and uncertain industry. However, the truth is that with smart investing strategies, you can save yourself from losses.

Strategies have always been an essential part of forex trading. Beginners are also advised to go through reviews, strategies, and recommendations from experts. For those who are just getting started, here are some of the strategies that can help in trading and smart investing.

Understand About Trading Styles and Your Goals:

When you decide to set out on a trading journey, the very first thing is to get a clear goal in your mind about the methods you are going to use. Each trading style has a separate risk profile attached to it. Therefore, the right decision is essential to have a successful trading journey.

Maintaining a slow pace

The best key to a successful trading career is consistency. Indeed, all traders have lost money, but if you have a positive edge, you can be at the top in no time. The best way to gain success is to educate yourself and create a trading plan for the future. Sticking to the plan and working on it is what you need to focus on.

Exploring new trading plans

Yes, consistency is important but never be afraid to reevaluate your trading plan if things are not working. The more your experience grows, the better your needs might change. Your plan must reflect your goal. In case your financial situation changes, you need to work with a new plan.

Checking your emotions

Keeping your emotions under control is what you need to look forward to. Never let your emotions do the talking for you. Remember, ‘revenge trading’ rarely ends on a positive note. If you lose a trade, don’t go all in and invest everything in it. Rather, try to stick to your initial plan and maintain the loss over time.

Knowing the market

The exact importance of educating yourself on the Forex market is essential. Try to understand every trend the trade has to follow and take time to study it all. You also need to know what exactly affects the capital before you risk it. This is a future investment that you are focusing on for positive revenue in returns.

Acknowledging your limits

The exact limit that you are willing to risk needs to be acknowledged before using it. The money invested in trade can never be returned after investment. This is why you need to set boundaries for yourself before actually using the capital. Never risk more capital than you can afford.

Knowing where to stop

Try to act upon the orders by maintaining a stop and limit-based order. The last thing you need to do is actually sit back and analyze the market every time. Trailing stops are very useful as it helps to specify the movement of the market in the future. In this case, if you place contingent orders, it will not limit your risks for loss.

Choosing the right trading partner

The right selection of the trading partner is as important as choosing the base capital. The right partner can help you create an influence over proper execution, pricing, and customer satisfaction. Take time to decide the partner and select it according to your need.

Bottom line

The above-detailed steps will help you to be a successful trader and help you towards success. But, remember, trading is an art, and the only way to ace it is by discipline and practice.

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Global ICT Excellence Awards rated highly Moscow for the startups ecosystem development

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The Government of Moscow won the second place among state structures in the International contest Global ICT Excellence Awards in the Startup Ecosystem nomination. The award is given to organizations that have implemented the most successful startup support projects. The Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) won the first place. The winners were announced at the 25th World Congress of Information Technologies WCIT.

The jury of the award highly appreciated the Moscow Government programs for technology entrepreneurship. In particular, the experts rated the activities of the Moscow Innovation Cluster (MIC) aimed at transforming startups into a full-scale innovative business.

The cluster has combined all the main elements of the urban ecosystem for innovators. With its help, they can find partners and investors, organize production, establish cooperation with large companies, industrial, educational and scientific organizations.

Within the MIC framework, 11 intersectoral clusters specializing in developments of artificial intelligence, medicines, motor sports and other fields have been created. More than 10 thousand specialists from different fields participate in these projects alone.

More than 30 thousand organizations from Moscow and 80 more regions of Russia have already joined the Moscow Innovation Cluster. The cluster is supervised by the Moscow Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development, and the City Department of Information Technology is responsible for its digital capabilities.

The programs of the Moscow Innovation Agency were also highly appreciated by the jury. Among them is the Moscow Accelerator project for scaling innovative solutions in promising batches in partnership with leading corporations. In two years, 13 thematic tracks were organized, for participation in which more than 4.8 thousand applications were received. Another major project is a pilot innovation testing program intended for testing ready-made technological products in urban environment. More than 140 sites in 18 branches are available for piloting. At the moment, 110 tests have been completed, 41 more are in the process of testing.

The Global ICT Excellence Awards have been awarded for more than 20 years for the best innovative solutions in the private and public sector aimed at developing information and communication technologies and improving the quality of people’s lives. Its founder is the World Information Technologies and Services Alliance (WITSA). The organization includes more than 80 countries.

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