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Re: Indralan Economic Forum, Kaizhou 4385

PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 10:54 pm
by Wu Han
OOC: Postdated, as will be all posts from here on. Apologies for the lack of updates.


DAY TWO OVERVIEW: "The Indralan Advantage" (3 July 4385)

As the second day of the IEF 4385 comes to an end, here is a quick re-cap of the events of the day:

In the first session of the day, presenters from KM Financial gave an overview of Indrala's taxation regime. Many international investors were shocked to learn of Indrala's low corporate and personal income tax rates, having traveled from higher-taxing jurisdictions.

In the second session, multiple officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as a number of Indralan investors discussed barriers to entry for foreign investors in Indrala.

Following the main events, a delegation from Hawu Mumenhes held a separate information session.

In the third and final session, academics and investors from around the world led a discussion regarding the Eastern Development Organization and potential for restarting the ambitious project.

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1. Ms. Kwan Huiyin, investor (OOC: heir presumptive and de facto leader of the White Tiger Triad gang):
10:23 PM, Hotel Bar, 66th floor, TQ Star Hotel

Seated around the room were several smart couples, a group of wildly dressed Artanian ladies, and gatherings of obviously wealth international investors admiring the Kaizhou skyline from the floor to ceiling windows of the 66th floor hotel bar.

The first day was mostly useless for Huiyin, though she did get a better sense of the people here. Everyone is pretending to be more successful than they are, she thought. This was abundantly clear to her as she sat around with a bunch of supposedly wealth Valruzian businessmen. To Huiyin's disappointment however, what appeared to be diamond jewelry around their wives necks from afar had just been cubic zirconia.

It would have been messy anyway, Huiyin thought, it's much easier to target men. Why men? Men are more emotional than women. Men are grandiose; they are full of ego. And that's all driven by emotion; it's driven by insecurity; it's driven by a feeling of inferiority. As a master con artist, Huiyin knew that if she was going to pull anything off, she'd have to appeal to their emotion. Being young and beautiful, Huiyin never had much trouble with this.

But who here would be the prime target? Obviously it has to be someone with money. With a glass of wine in hand, Huiyin scanned the room. Like a magpie, her eye was drawn directly to something at the end of the bar; a diamond-encrusted watch on the wrist of a Hawu man. Somewhat handsome and dressed in a perfectly tailored suit, Huiyin was relieved. It's always easier when they're not harsh on the eyes, she thought.

She left her wine glass on a table, as she walked to the bar. Taking a seat next to the man, Huiyin took out more than enough cash from her clutch before ordering a bottle of foreign whisky in Luthorian.

"That's a great bottle," the man muttered.

"Do you want to share it with me?"


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Re: Indralan Economic Forum, Kaizhou 4385

PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:37 pm
by CCP

DAY TWO HAWU MUMENHES PRESENTATIONS: "Growing and Facilitating Deepened Bilateral Micro-Economic Relations" (3 July 4385)

1. Hawu Mumenhes Minister of Finance Julian Warren-Mhaule, Excerpt of Remarks:
1:00 PM, Grand Ballroom, TQ Star Hotel

'. . . But curiously what researchers have found accompanying the increase in multipolarity and greater political integration is a steep uptick in the difficulty of locating credible information rather than any easing in data collection. Scholars on our side of the ocean have tended to attribute this to a degradation in the quality of information sources themselves, whereas many casual observers had assumed the culprit was a simple overabundance of sources, a kind of information overload that exhausted practitioners rather than edifying them.

What might cause a decline? How and why would leading economies lose their capacity to clearly communicate critical facts and shed insight simply due to the presence of a greater array of emerging powers? Well, the latest research tells us that it wasn't just the emergence of the new powers that led to obfuscation, but also the exit from international governance of several key stewards of global data curation. In international affairs we tend to conceive of the actors as essentially permanent even if their statuses and roles change over time. But in fact, Terra has not tended to operate this way at all in recent centuries. On the microeconomy and financial front, one key example of this was the collapse of the Hutori Federalist Party about a century ago. Legacy powers and firms will recall that throughout the 41st and 42nd centuries, the Hutorian economy was a leader not only in innovation and economic growth, but also in the provision of data products. We tend to remember the headline firms when thinking of the Hutorian economy's glory days: companies like the International Terran Bank, the Hutorian Stock Exchange, and the country's several well known tech companies. But when you look at the core businesses of those companies, you don't find much finance there actually. The Hutorian Stock Exchange's total market cap never reached $10 billion bark if I'm not mistaken, but even if so, it never far exceeded it. International Terran Bank had far greater volume of transactions, but its fairly enormous assets under management never really helped to attract a significant increase in capital sources. What both these companies did attract with great abundance however was information. Every tin pot dictator and rogue power and radical political party upstart rushed to deposit their assets with ITB. This on account of an effective marketing operation we believe. The Hutorian Stock Exchange, with its much lower volume, still persisted in keeping the world informed regarding the really ambitious and disruptive corporations coming on-line around the world, especially inside Hutori which was then likely the world's leading economy. And ITB, while promising its customers discretion, actually publicized an enormous amount of data about the personal assets of scores of the world's leading figures.

It was this latter access to data that our researchers have identified as not only allowing the Hutorian economy to act as the world's premier provider of economy intelligence, but it also gave to Hutorian companies and their government the capacity to quickly and effectively navigate the global micoeconomy. The Hutorian Federalist Party was key here because so many of the executives and investors who led and financed this network of veritable information storehouses were staunch supporters of the Federalist Party. The Carmichael clan whose financial interests were so intertwined with Hutorian technology firms and finance -- well their ancestor actually founded the Federalist Party, and their relatives remained key figures in that party for centuries. Even today the remnants of Federalist influence in Hutorian politics has not fully receded: the Hutorian emperor himself is in fact a member of the Carmichael family.

What our researchers have observed occurring is that, as new powers and disruptive firms have emerged across the globe and over time,there has been an increasing emphasis placed on expedient growth rather than organic and broad-based growth. You look at major multinational firms like the Valruzian auto manufacturers: they're in a dozen different countries employing tens of millions of people. But what do we know about the inner operations of their corporate leadership and their subsidiaries? What information dividend has the world experienced as a result of the expanding Valruzian manufacturing market share? Not much is the answer. In the political realm, examples like the Dankuk regime are illustrative. Dankuk officials from the imperial family to the recently deceased defense minister held the world on edge with almost daily pronouncements of awesome munitions and lethal but hidden interventions Terra-wide. And yet they all turned out to be phantoms. Has this setback Dankuk's strategic objectives significantly? In one sense it has: Dankuk's esteem in the community of nations along with the prowess of its military and the heft of its economy have all taken a fairly public dressing down. But the whole episode has not served to neutralize the Dranians to the degree that some seem to presume. Dankuk's foreign service in fact has only grown the regime's diplomatic relations and international influence as a result of its multiple and astonishing propaganda campaigns. Now, that's all well and good for the Dranians. But what has it meant for the world? It has unequivocally meant more more uncertainty, more instability, and in several cases, more insecurity and even loss of life. Can Terra continue to afford such confusions? Can the big economies and important diplomatic powers including Hawu Mumenhes and Indrala countenance such obfuscation? Can our peoples continue to enjoy the way of life they've become accustomed to if such a data environment persists? Hawu Mumenhes and the Esinsundu World say no.

What would be required to turn back the tide of degrading information resources? Someone will have to step into the breach. Some powers will have to abandon their reticence about revealing strategic objectives and maintaining intelligence advantages by actively making public details about their domestic economies. Sure, lists of the big firms in a country are interesting. But what do they tell the foreign companies looking for new markets and new partnerships? These Big Lists of Firms -- what do these firms need? What do they seek to accomplish? What are their near-term strategic objectives?

As Hawu, Imperial, and Indralan authorities work to deepen relations between and within our economies, the legal frameworks we adopt should increasingly avoid broad lines and instead begin to adopt specific and detailed microeconomy relationships, operations, and targets. And our foreign services should begin to abandon the old fantasies regarding grand treaties. No more can we or should we assume that a major treaty signed in an ostentatious ceremony or following a headline state visit can then remain and function as an effective framework and engine for economic relations indefinitely. Diplomats should instead advocate that their political leaders adopt short-term bilaterals with explicit sunset dates: say 3, 5, 10, or 15 years. Not only will such an adjustment in diplomatic practice keep political leaders abreast of day to day progress, opportunities, and needs of local and foreign national firms, but it will also keep governments in regular contact with one another and it will keep the personal relationships -- which underlie and are essential to stability in the international system -- current and up-to-date.

As we continue to benefit from this singular gathering that Indralan and Lotus Party officials have brought together, we encourage our Indralan counterparts to meet us on the sidelines to craft Hawu-Indralan relations suitable for contemporary geopolitical realities.'


Re: Indralan Economic Forum, Kaizhou 4385

PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:49 pm
by CCP

DAY TWO HAWU MUMENHES PRESENTATIONS: "The Little-Known and Ancient Family Relations between the Esintsundu and Indralan Imperial Families" (3 July 4385)

2. Msizi Mabena, Professor of History at Royal University Nekhatw, Excerpt of Remarks:
2:00 PM, Rooftop Atrium, TQ Star Hotel

'. . . that the Pharaoh of Hawu Mumenhes, Saksoure IX Empress Esintsundu, is also a relative of Taeyang Yoon-Jin. Saksoure IX's fifth great grandmother, Moniade I of Talmoria and Aslistan, was a member of the Neuhaus Dynasty. The Neuhauses reigned as Kings of Talmoria for many centuries until the Talmorian crown was inherited by Moniade I's son, Crown Prince Ahmose Saksoure, in the late 4100s. The Neuhauses were originally called the House of Nordenburg, but they changed the name of their dynasty during an interregnum to mark their family's full integration into Asli society because the Nordenburg's, who were of Hulstrian origin and not native to Talmoria, had long been opposed by the people of Aslistan which Talmoria annexed in 2110. The fourth Nordenburg King was Matthaeus II. Matthaeus II married Princess Sima Hai of Indrala in the early 3600s. Mathaeus II inherited the throne from his father in 3620 and Princess Sima Hai reigned alongside him as Queen Consort of Talmoria and Aslistan for 33 years. Matthaeus II and Sima Hai's descendants later came to reign as Kings of Ibutho, Lords of Cobura, Sultans of Jakania, and eventually as Emperors of the Esinsundu Empire. It is therefore via Queen Consort Sima Hai that the Esintsundu Imperial Family trace an ancient branch of their lineage to Queen Sima Hai's father, Emperor Sima Fangxun of Indrala, and through him to the common ancestor of Wu Guowen and Taeyang Sang-Ah.'


Re: Indralan Economic Forum, Kaizhou 4385

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:24 am
by CCP

DAY TWO HAWU MUMENHES PRESENTATIONS: "Technology Research & Development Partnerships for Mutual Security and Capacity Maintenance and Innovation" (3 July 4385)

3. Garang Deng, CEO of Umkiqizi ka Izikhali, Excerpt of Remarks:
3:00 PM, Grand Ballroom, TQ Star Hotel

'. . . but what we've been finding at UkI is that, you know it's easy enough to push into a new market. Send the lawyers out to bone up on local statutes and case law, interface with the local executive, labor, and legal communities, prospect your sites and sign your suppliers on the dotted line, put your release out and get your people on the plane and you're ready. For us who work at the legacy companies and the big companies, that operation is one we can do in our sleep. But at UkI what we've been finding is that what isn't as easy is to locate those partners who #1 have the core business of innovation and the newest technologies and #2 have been scaled to the level where they actually have the capacity work with a large firm as a supplier, R&D provider, or strategic partner. We're finding that those companies which fit the bill are actually few and far between.

And that has had enormous implications for the Hawu Mumenhes economy. Because as a Hawu company, as a patriotic firm, our values, vision, and responsibility isn't only to do good business and make good money for our team and our shareholders, but we also have a responsibility to ensure that our production, our growth, and our innovations accrue to the national economy in a way that fits hand-in-glove with the interests and long-term objectives and values and demand of the People and also the near-term targets of the elected officials to achieve the nation's longer-term needs. But there is a capacity problem. You know a single domestic economy can only turn out so much innovation and even so much product volume a year. At some point the excess demand has to get externalized. And at UkI our challenge has been finding those foreign markets which are actually mature enough to credibly and successfully take on those externalities.

We haven't had the level of success that we'd truly like in the externalization and that's why for the UkI team the Indralan Economic Forum is an unique and momentous opportunity for both sides of the ocean. We believe that there are enormous opportunities for partnerships not only between practitioners in the corporate sector but also even at earlier stages of the production chain, we believe we can get some really deep and high-yield partnerships as early in the process as the R&D stage. While I was milling around the cocktail room earlier, I happened to eavesdrop on some conversations between Lotus Party officials and some Indralan scholars with Prof. Mabena and some of the academic publishers in our delegation. And what the Indralans were telling the publishers and Prof. Mabena was that (and I don't want to give away too much of what I heard) but these guys were very excited first of all about Prof. Mabena's and the Minister of Finance's presentations. But their vision and aspiration and excitement for the possibilities of capitalizing on the cross-oceanic vision, and research output, and groundbreaking scholarship and new knowledge, it was really palpable even for an eavesdropper. You could see that these folks not only were confident they have spotted opportunities they believed to be of enormous value but that they had critically identified partners who they determined actually have the capacity to get this really highest level of international science and publishing done successfully.

And at UkI that's what we need to see more of critically and immediately. And we think that can happen if those of us who are guests of the Indralans here and our companies back home and if our civil servants and importantly both our universities and our military commanders can get together and identify those potential synergies and ink the deals and sign the memoranda of understanding that will establish the terms of engagement for success. And critically, as the Minister of Finance instructed us earlier: keep those deals specific, keep them detailed, and keep them near-term so that we can use these bilaterals as active tools, guidebooks, and roadmaps to track and achieve the strategic objectives that are essential for our peoples. . . .'


Re: Indralan Economic Forum, Kaizhou 4385

PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 11:40 am
by CCP

DAY TWO HAWU MUMENHES PRESENTATIONS: "The Future of the Global Finance System" (3 July 4385)

4. Cebo Dida Mathebula, CEO of IeUkN, Synopsis of Remarks:
4:00 PM, Private Boardroom, TQ Star Hotel

The CEO of Hawu Mumenhes investment banking conglomerate IeUkN delivered pre-launch updates and details regarding the Global Stock Exchange. Mr Mathebula and his staff urged Indralan finance executives and government officials in attendance to prepare Indralan corporations and consumers for listing and completing transactions on the GSE. Mr Mathebula also encouraged Indralan investment bankers to prepare to apply to serve on GSE's Board of Directors, as he informed them he believed their board service would be critical to the market's success.