Liberia improves in economic opportunity but still tax mobilization, infrastructure, and business environment struggle to see gains

Good governance—according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the provision of political, social and economic public goods and services that every citizen has the right to expect from their government—has been more crucial than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, good governance has been vital in ensuring that citizensContinue Reading

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In an appearance at MINExpo® International 2021, Las Vegas, Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice-Minister of Mining Affairs for the Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, outlined the unique opportunities for investors, explorers, miners and service providers to get into a dynamic sector that isContinue Reading

Plastics Industry Prepares for US Infrastructure Bill Windfall

The plastics industry is positioning itself — and in some cases is poised — to earn a share of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill approved by the US Senate in a bipartisan vote on Sept. 7. The bill is intended to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, and other crumbling infrastructure,Continue Reading

European Payments Initiative: The Super App Infrastructure

Across Europe — 44 countries, dozens of languages, myriad ways to pay — cross-border, cross-functional infrastructure could eventually give rise to a “super app.” Martina Weimert, CEO of the EPI Interim Company, told Karen Webster that digital wallets, instant payments and buy now, pay later (BNPL) options would co-exist inContinue Reading

the cyberwire

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities  Prevailion Issues New Threat Intelligence Updates for Suspected Russian Disinformation Group UNC1151 (BusinessWire) Leading cyber intelligence company Prevailion discovers new online infrastructure for suspected Russian cyber threat actor, UNC1151. Cyber-attack haunts Indonesia’s COVID-19 strategy (The Jakarta Post) A reported data breach of the now-defunct electronic HealthContinue Reading

FAST-41 Environmental Review and Permitting Process Changes in the Senate Infrastructure Bill | Perkins Coie

Title VIII of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), the infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate, includes several important amendments to Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act,[1] or FAST-41, which have the potential to significantly reform the federal environmental review and permittingContinue Reading

Shaheen Secures Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission, Shipyard Projects & Other Key NH Priorities in Committee-Approved Funding Legislation

August 13, 2021 **Shaheen was a lead negotiator of the infrastructure package, steered bipartisan talks on water infrastructure** ***Hassan was one of the G-22 helping lead negotiations of the bill; secured critical wins for New Hampshire on coastal resilience*** **Shaheen includes bipartisan energy efficiency bill in bipartisan infrastructure legislation clearedContinue Reading