Weekly Roundup: Prince Rupert Port Interview, Fear of FDI in Food Sector, Senate Act S.367

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:47
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With so much going on in China, and only a limited amount of bandwidth, I have created this weekly post to highlight articles that I feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting.

This week there are 3 articles that I have chosen to highlight as each are quite interesting, they are all relevant, and there are issues within each that I think you the reader should be aware of.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please do so in the comments section.

Prince Rupert Port Authority: An interview with Shaun Stevenson

Splatty over at 3pl Wire has loaded a fantastic post of an interview he conducted with Shaun Stevenson, Vice President Marketing and Business Development of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.  For anyone who is looking to learn more about North America’s ports, their level of competitiveness, their management,  and their role in the greater context of globalization I highly suggest you read the interview.

Foreign Capital and Food Security in China, Part I

Following up on a conversation we had during the summer on the role of food security on the collapse in Doha, Li Ping has written another strong article on China’s perspective on foreign involvement in food.. and how that may impact some foreign investors.  Here is one quote that I picked out that was perhaps the most interesting to me:

Another manager from a state-owned grain enterprise said ownership of a local warehouse could lead to other benefits. “In the northeastern region, if one offers big money to buy a local grain warehouse, one basically has secured the rights to source for grains in surrounding areas, some up to a 100km radius from the warehouse,”

Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act (Introduced in Senate)

h/t to the Consumerist for introducing me to this gem that is currently being debated on the senate floor.  Definately an issue that needs to be addressed, and definately an issue that saw its profile raised through the product safety scandal of last year, I find this bill to be really lacking.   One example of a HUGE hole (or perhaps this is the hyporcratic part of the bill),  it is unlawful for any person to–

  1. import into the United States any convict-made good;
  2. import into, or export from, the United States any sweatshop good;
  3. introduce into commerce, sell, trade, or advertise in commerce, offer to sell, or transport or distribute in commerce in the United States, any sweatshop good.’.

Interesting that it is still legal to export from the US an convict-made goods… is it possible that China could take the US to WTO for unfairly protecting its convict made furniture, license plates, and outsourced BPO centers from foreign competition?

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