Four Global Trends Affecting Turkish Food Safety

What did you eat for lunch today? Where did it come from, and was it safe? Large-scale foodborne illness and contamination events have attracted significant media attention in recent years, impacting consumer confidence and bringing food safety issues to the forefront of public debate. On August 19, APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office held a food safety roundtable with Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and International Advisory Council member, to discuss global food safety trends and particular challenges in Turkey. The meeting gathered regulatory officials, association representatives and business leaders, including representatives from some of the world’s largest multinational firms in the field of food and consumer products.Read more »

Posted on August 21, 2014 By
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2014 Turkish Presidential Election: Results and Analysis

Citizens went to the polls on August 11 in what was Turkey’s first-ever direct presidential election. Securing 51.8 percent of the vote, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has succeeded in staking his place in Turkish history as the first publically elected President of the Republic of Turkey. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and a joint candidate of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), gained nearly 38.5 percent of the vote, with Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), finishing third at 9.8 percent.Read more »

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Reports of the Death of Electric Utilities May Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Experts and writers covering the energy space have reported that distributed energy generation poses a mortal threat to the fundamental business model of electric utilities’ business model. So dire is this threat, they say, that utilities face a “death spiral.”

So what is distributed generation, and is it causing a death spiral? Distributed generation uses several smaller energy sources as opposed to one large energy source, i.e. a power plant, to provide power. Imagine houses in a neighborhood using solar power to provide their energy, as opposed to relying on a single large power plant. Read more »

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Commodity Firms “Too Large To Ignore”

Today’s commodities traders are more scrutinized than ever, but further regulatory change and increased transparency will remain key topics for the industry heading into 2015. Commodity trading inevitably had to emerge from the shadows as major players engaged with global capital markets, such as Glencore going public in 2011 and Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Trafigura tapping the bond markets in 2012 and 2013. At the same time, international and national regulators have become increasingly interested in classing commodity traders as non-bank, non-insurer global systemically important financial institutions (NB-NI-GIFIs). As a result, some commodity trading companies seem to be indicating that the time has come to shed light on their business models in order to avoid unnecessary new regulations. So the question is, are we now at a turning point for the regulation of the commodity trading industry?Read more »

Posted on July 30, 2014 By
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“The Question”—Introducing the Council of Public Relations Firms’ New Working Group on Digital

I find it impossible these days to attend an PR industry meeting without someone asking the question. Sure, the question has some variants and morphs into different forms. And it sometimes is elusive. But inevitably, it rears its head and commands center stage. This particular question is rooted in an existential journey that my chosen industry, public relations, is undergoing in this era of rapid convergence, as the lines between advertising, marketing, customer care, corporate communications, interactive, public affairs and about everything else related to communications are blurring.

Okay, enough preamble. What is the question?Read more »

Posted on July 30, 2014 By
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A Jokowi Presidency

On July 22, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was declared the official winner of Indonesia’s presidential election and will be sworn in as the country’s seventh president on October 20. Running as the candidate of change, Jokowi has pledged to institute various reforms that will bolster the economy, address social problems, and make it easier to do business in the world’s fourth largest country. Yet his low margin of victory by Indonesian standards means he lacks a strong popular mandate and will need to spend the transition period building political support for his reform agenda. This report contains our Jakarta team’s analysis of the election results, the political pitfalls Jokowi will need to navigate during the transition period, and his priorities for his first 100 days in office – and what this all means to multinationals operating in the country. Read more »

Posted on July 24, 2014 By
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