Private sector

Anthony Albanese puts interventionist industry policy at the centre of his budget agenda

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Anthony Albanese will outline on Thursday a strongly interventionist role for government to make Australia competitive in a world requiring us to “break with old orthodoxies”.

Key Points: 
  • Anthony Albanese will outline on Thursday a strongly interventionist role for government to make Australia competitive in a world requiring us to “break with old orthodoxies”.
  • In a major pre-budget address that puts industry policy at the heart of this agenda, the Prime Minister will declare his government “will not be an observer or a spectator – we will be a participant, a partner, an investor and enabler”.
  • To underpin the case for the government’s direction, Albanese highlights comparable countries that are investing in their industrial base, manufacturing capability and economic sovereignty.

‘Not old-fashioned protectionism’

  • Australia continued to champion global markets, but “equally, we must recognise that the partners we seek are moving to the beat of a new economic reality”.
  • “All these countries are investing in their industrial base, their manufacturing capability and their economic sovereignty.
  • And – critically – none of this is merely being left to market forces or trusted to the invisible hand.
  • "The heavy lifting of economic transition and industrial transformation is not being done by individuals, companies or communities on their own.
  • "It is being facilitated, enabled and empowered by national Governments from every point on the political spectrum.
  • Ramping up a rhetoric of urgency, Albanese says: “We need to be clear-eyed about the economic realities of this decade.


Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Shifts in how sex and gender identity are defined may alter human rights protections: Canadians deserve to know how and why

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Recent education policy changes and protests about sex education reveal increasing concern and polarization over how sex and gender identity are taught in public schools in Canada.

Key Points: 
  • Recent education policy changes and protests about sex education reveal increasing concern and polarization over how sex and gender identity are taught in public schools in Canada.
  • They also expose the significant role now played by school boards in constructing the meaning of gender identity and gender expression.
  • Changes in how words and terms are used can impact our ability to know about people’s lives and protect their rights.
  • Significant shifts are taking place around how we define and understand sex and gender in education and public policy in Canada.

Sex, gender and law

  • Yet sex, gender identity and gender expression are not defined in human rights legislation in Canada.
  • They should be able to express their concerns and participate in open discussions about the meaning of words we share.

Changes in the definition of sex

  • The Charter of the United Nations prohibits sex discrimination.
  • The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights precludes discrimination based on sex.

Changes since 2018


Since 2018, the word sex is increasingly defined by the federal government as something that is “assigned at birth.” But there is no consistency across federal departments and agencies. Some continue to define sex as a biological question of male or female. Those that define sex as assigned at birth do not consistently explain how sex is assigned or by whom.

Conceptual shifts around word ‘woman’

  • Similar conceptual shifts are taking place around the word woman.
  • The word woman was formerly linked to sex and used to refer to female people.
  • Now, government departments including the Department of Justice increasingly use the word woman to refer to all people who identify as women.

Defining gender identity

  • When gender identity was added to federal human rights legislation, the Department of Justice defined gender identity as:
    “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender.
  • A person’s gender identity may or may not align with the gender typically associated with their sex.”
    “A person’s internal and deeply felt sense of being a man or woman, both or neither.
  • A person’s gender identity may or may not align with the gender typically associated with their sex.”

School boards define terms differently

  • Researchers have identified that secular boards across Ontario define gender identity and gender expression differently from one another.
  • Some school boards now define gender identity as something everyone has.

Data collection shifts away from sex towards gender

  • A shift away from sex and towards gender (identity) has occurred in data collection practices at the federal government level.
  • In 2018, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Department of Justice Canada recommended “ways to modernize how the Government of Canada handles information on sex and gender.” They recommended that “departments and agencies should collect or display gender information by default, unless sex information is specifically needed.” They used “sex” to refer to biological characteristics, and “gender” to refer to a social and personal identity.

Open discussions are overdue


As Canadian society shifts to accommodate the legal recognition of gender diversity, there will be tensions. Ultimately, courts will be tasked with deciding how some of those tensions are resolved, when sex, gender identity and gender expression are all protected in human rights laws. In the meantime, as a society, we need to openly and transparently grapple with some increasingly important questions:
First, how will foundational concepts such as sex, gender identity and gender expression be defined and given effect in education, law, public policy and beyond?
Second, how will tensions between experiences, interests and rights associated with sex and those associated with gender identity and/or gender expression be resolved?
Third, who is best placed to decide how these questions are answered in education, law, public policy and beyond?
Everyone who may be impacted by the answers to these questions should be included in the conversation.
Debra M Haak receives funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Bar Association Law for the Future Fund, and the Queen's University Faculty Association Fund for Scholarly Research.

The Bank of Thailand reaffirms its adherence to integrity and principles to build confidence - good governance in Thailand

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Anything we do or think, we have to be able to explain why we act or think this way," she noted.

Key Points: 
  • Anything we do or think, we have to be able to explain why we act or think this way," she noted.
  • The Bank of Thailand also vows to create transparency in the decision-making process and make it auditable.
  • The decision-making is transparent because there is a data storage and communication system so that it can always be traced back.
  • The NACC is supervised by the NACC Board and has the Office of the NACC as its administrative agency.

Thailand’s Anti-Corruption Commission initiates an Anti-Corruption Education curriculum to educate Thai children and instill integrity value in society

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Corruption in Thai society during the past period has had enormous negative effects on the country and is a major obstacle to the country's development in all dimensions.

Key Points: 
  • Corruption in Thai society during the past period has had enormous negative effects on the country and is a major obstacle to the country's development in all dimensions.
  • However, nowadays it has changed to become more complex which is involved with a conflict of interest and policy corruption.
  • "Children and youth are the future and hope of the country we can instill the idea that corruption is an unusual thing in society.
  • All of those are considered challenging goals of the NACC in driving the anti-corruption education curriculum toward future achievement.

Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission issues guidelines to tackle corruption aiming to promote more foreign investors’ confidence

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Also, the move is aimed to increase foreign investors' confidence so that they will continue to invest in the country.

Key Points: 
  • Also, the move is aimed to increase foreign investors' confidence so that they will continue to invest in the country.
  • Overall, many countries have failed to fight against corruption, with up to 95% of countries making no progress in tackling corruption since 2017.
  • The perception of corruption in government agencies providing investment services in Thailand was also at the moderate stage.
  • Thus, to promote more foreign investors' confidence, the NACC recently issued eight guidelines for both local and international investors' practices against corruption, he explained.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission Thailand seeks suitable measures to prevent corruption risks regarding rewards for officials to ensure transparency for all.

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach Newswire - 18 March 2024 - The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Thailand has brainstormed concerns from all related agencies to prevent corruption risk regarding bribery to officials and reward for officials to ensure transparency work of its officials and confidence for both local and international investors. In efforts to uphold ethical conduct among officials who are directly involved with tacking corruption, the NCC recently held a meeting to brainstorm ideas on "Guidelines for Preventing Corruption Risk Regarding Bribe Payment and Rewards from the Performance of Officials". This is aimed at voicing opinions for the revision of the guidelines for rewarding officers with appropriateness, fairness, and consistency with the performance of duties, and remuneration based on performance for officials who work in tackling corruption in the country. According to the NACC, it has provided recommendations for the revision of the reward payment for the Customs Department, the Ministry of Finance is afraid that the rewards caused 'moral hazards' among officials who are involved in the process of tackling corruption. Following the reward, it encouraged the officials to focus only on tasks with high rewards or having rewards, while neglecting to perform tasks with low rewards or no remuneration, which may cause corruption inequality, and unfairness among civil servants. The reward could also be considered as the risk of conflict of interest of the authority in determining the eligibility for the award and determining the proportion of the reward. The officials could risk rewarding themselves which was not inconsistent with the purpose of the guideline that wants to promote effective law enforcement, or may lead to the creation of false evidence in the disbursement of bribes. The meeting was attended by representatives of relevant agencies including the Ministry of Finance, the Customs Department, the Comptroller General's Department Excise Department, the Office of the Narcotics Control Commission Anti-Money Laundering Office, the Royal Thai Police, the Office of the Auditor General, experts, executives and officers. The meeting focused on various issues covering: who is entitled to receive the reward, the proportion and rate of payment of the reward, the appropriateness and fairness of the reward, the prevention of risks of discretion and conflict of interest, and the changing trend in the process of giving bribery and reward, explained Mrs. Suwana Suwanjuta, NACC Commissioner, who chaired the meeting. However, with the modernization and connectivity of information technology today, this enables agility and efficient linkage of various data, as well as the NACC's credibility among international, the reward for officers could be revised to ensure the appropriateness of providing rewards for the authorities and to encourage government officials to enforce the law more efficiently and equitably in the bureaucracy. In this regard, the NACC hopes that the meeting will voice concern from all involved so that the revision of the guidelines to provide rewards to officials will be more efficient and ensure transparency for all involved, helping improve standards in tackling corruption with more advancing and modernizing measures, the NACC concluded. ---------------------------------------------------- Reference: https://www.nacc.go.th/categorydetail/20180831184638361/20240312183512? *This press release translation is funded by the National Anti-Corruption Fund (NACF). Hashtag: #IntegrityWay #AntiCorruption #ZeroCorruption #NACC #NACF

Key Points: 
  • BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach Newswire - 18 March 2024 - The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Thailand has brainstormed concerns from all related agencies to prevent corruption risk regarding bribery to officials and reward for officials to ensure transparency work of its officials and confidence for both local and international investors.
  • In efforts to uphold ethical conduct among officials who are directly involved with tacking corruption, the NCC recently held a meeting to brainstorm ideas on "Guidelines for Preventing Corruption Risk Regarding Bribe Payment and Rewards from the Performance of Officials".
  • The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is a constitutional independent organization and supervised by nine commissioners selected from various professions.
  • It has the authority to file charges in court as well as support and build up awareness of the penalties for committing corruption.

Taking stock of existing barriers to sexual and reproductive health of girls and women in SSA and how collaboration and innovation can help shape the future

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For years, women and girls have been failed by a fragmented, under-resourced health system that is not built to meet their sexual and reproductive health needs.

Key Points: 
  • For years, women and girls have been failed by a fragmented, under-resourced health system that is not built to meet their sexual and reproductive health needs.
  • Coupled with HIV, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19 years.
  • "Tiko" which provides access to free reproductive health services that can change the course of many lives offering youth-friendly care and comprehensive information.
  • Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights by 2030 will require close collaboration by stakeholders in developing innovative solutions that can dismantle barriers to access among women and girls.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission Thailand joins forces with international agencies to focus on preventing and suppressing transnational corruption

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - Media OutReach Newswire - 25 March 2024 - As emerging with rapid digitalization that paves the way for transnational corruption, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Thailand further tightened its collaboration with international organizations in tackling new tactics and complicated illicit activities in accordance with global standards. The NACC's Secretary-General, Mr. Niwatchai Kasemmongkol recently met with representatives of the Nordic Police Liaison Office, led by Mr. Carsten Andersen, Assistant Attache/Liaison Officer, Nordic Police Affairs Department at the Danish Embassy, Thailand and Ms. Jane Ohlsson, Assistant Ambassador/Coordinating Officer for Police Affairs in the Nordic Countries at the Swedish Embassy, Thailand, along with NACC's executives and representatives from the Bureau of International Corruption Affairs and Cases, and the Bureau of Investigation and Special Affairs to enhance cooperation between the NACC enforcement agencies in combating transnational corruption. "Current corruption problems are not limited to any one country. But it has developed into a transnational crime, which affects all countries around the world. Therefore, cooperation between each other in various forms, both bilateral and multilateral is considered an important mechanism for effectively preventing transnational corruption of all kinds," said the NACC secretary-general. He further elaborated that the NACC has collaboration with enforcement agencies from the Nordic countries in both bilateral and multilateral. It has a memorandum of understanding between each other to exchange legal information, coordinate cases, as well as academic cooperation in particular, the sharing of knowledge and anti-corruption practices which is beneficial to raising the level of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of Thailand. This tie collaboration will help promote the prevention and suppression of corruption in Thailand more effectively. Furthermore, under the cooperation, both sides discussed and exchanged information on international cooperation in criminal matters related to corruption cases between Thailand and the Nordic countries. Denmark has expressed great interest in the NACC's corruption prosecutions and is willing to cooperate in solving transnational corruption cases, while also exchanging information that is beneficial to the fight against corruption. Mr. Niwatchai concluded that the NACC has given great importance to strengthening and expanding the network of cooperation with law enforcement agencies of various countries to deal with transnational corruption continuously. Presently, the NACC, in Thailand has made memoranda of understanding with 25 law enforcement agencies and international organizations, including nine ASEAN countries, the Ministry of Supervision of China, the Independent Authority against Corruption of Mongolia, the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan, the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Australia, the Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Police Presidium of the Czech Republic, Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria, Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, International Department of the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom, and Office of the Comptroller General of Brazil, as well as World Bank, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Basel Institute on Governance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM). ----------------------------------------- *This exclusive interview translation is funded by the National Anti-Corruption Fund (NACF). Hashtag: #IntegrityWay #AntiCorruption #ZeroCorruption #NACC #NACF

Key Points: 
  • Therefore, cooperation between each other in various forms, both bilateral and multilateral is considered an important mechanism for effectively preventing transnational corruption of all kinds," said the NACC secretary-general.
  • He further elaborated that the NACC has collaboration with enforcement agencies from the Nordic countries in both bilateral and multilateral.
  • Furthermore, under the cooperation, both sides discussed and exchanged information on international cooperation in criminal matters related to corruption cases between Thailand and the Nordic countries.
  • The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is a constitutional independent organization and supervised by nine commissioners selected from various professions.

EQS-News: Tony Elumelu Foundation Announces 10th Cohort of Entrepreneurship Programme – 20,000 Entrepreneurs Funded Across Africa

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, has announced the successful entrepreneurs in its tenth selection for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Key Points: 
  • The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, has announced the successful entrepreneurs in its tenth selection for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.
  • The Tony Elumelu Foundation has disbursed US$100,000,000 directly to young African entrepreneurs, who have created over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs, contributing significantly to Africa's economic growth and development.
  • Since inception in 2010, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has pioneered an innovative approach to seeding, capacitising and networking young entrepreneurs across Africa.
  • To learn more about the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme "Decade of Impact" please see here ( https://apo-opa.co/3IULYeS ).

Inc.’s 2024 Female Founders list highlights why female founders are always a good bet

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Elizabeth Ruzzo, CEO and founder of adyn, was recognized by Inc. in this year’s Female Founders list.

Key Points: 
  • Elizabeth Ruzzo, CEO and founder of adyn, was recognized by Inc. in this year’s Female Founders list.
  • The female founders on this year’s list are a testament to what triumph over adversity looks like.
  • “One thing I bet all founders on this list share is an abundance of grit and determination.
  • Despite years of evidence demonstrating that female founders are a good bet, the fundraising environment remains bleak.