US, Japan Announce 'First Stage' of Trade Deal

VOA News | September 25, 2019

The United States and Japan have signed a partial trade deal on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. U.S. President Donald Trump called the deal "a huge victory for America's farmers, ranchers, and growers." All those groups are important to his voting base. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the deal "a win-win" that benefits consumers, producers, and workers in both the United States and Japan. Wednesday's deal centers on cuts to tariffs on agricultural and industrial goods, with the exception of cars and trucks. Trump said the deal will help reduce what he called "our chronic trade deficit," opening new markets in Japan to "some $7 billion" in American products.

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Challenging economic times have created increased expectations for enhanced revenue productivity from government debt receivables. Within this context, more and more governments are moving to centralize their collection function with positive results. Once a centralized collections environment is created for governmental debts, collections will increase substantially, allowing millions more to be collected. The experiences in a number of governments demonstrate that in a centralized collection environment where economies of scale are present, significant efficiencies can be gained allowing government to collect more of the liabilities that are owed.

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Challenging economic times have created increased expectations for enhanced revenue productivity from government debt receivables. Within this context, more and more governments are moving to centralize their collection function with positive results. Once a centralized collections environment is created for governmental debts, collections will increase substantially, allowing millions more to be collected. The experiences in a number of governments demonstrate that in a centralized collection environment where economies of scale are present, significant efficiencies can be gained allowing government to collect more of the liabilities that are owed.

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Germany to Create Its First Quantum Computing Business Cloud

Germany Trade & Invest | November 14, 2022

Germany's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has contracted software company QMWare and cloud specialist IONOS, together with the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer FOKUS research institute, to construct a platform for quantum computing applications for German industry. The cloud will be the first of its kind in the country. The project, called SeQenC, will run for three years and is part of the ministry's "Digital Technologies for Business" support program. The ministry will be investing tens of millions of euros, although no exact figure was named. During the project's three-year span, selected partner companies from industry and the wider economy will be invited to test out applications in sectors such as telecommunications, logistics, finance, automotive and energy. The project is the latest in a series of quantum computing initiating to come from the BMWK. In late September, the ministry announced that it would put EUR 14 million into a quantum processer prototype developed on the basis of photonic systems. The BMWK has pledged to invest EUR 740 million in quantum computing as a whole. "The German government's investment indicate how serious it is about quantum computing in Germany, Such initiatives not only create superior conditions for businesses active in Germany. They also show that niches are arising for international quantum computing businesses to come to Europe's largest economy and profit from this exciting transformation." -Asha-Maria Sharma, computing industry expert at the German government agency Germany Trade & Invest. Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. GTAI supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up shop in Germany.

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Software AG Government Solutions Partners with DH2i to Deliver Certified FedRAMP Solutions for Secure Federal Government Cloud Services

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