BBC Business Matters

BBC Business Matters

Key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with live guests and contributors from Asia where the day is beginning and the USA where the day's business is coming to an end.

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  • Business Matters: Indiana Boycott Urged After 'Religious Freedom' Law Passes 28 Mar 15

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

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    56 mins

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    The US state of Indiana is threatened with a boycott over a new law many see as a way to allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. One of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly is based there and they're worried it might scare away top talent. Seventy million Nigerians get ready to vote for a new president, but what can whoever is elected do to restore international investor confidence? We hear from Ayo Oviosu, founder and head of Paga, a mobile payments company in Lagos. Plus, how musicians are still making money in the digital age and we hear from the company that makes pens fit for presidents and royalty. From Sydney, we are joined by Sean Turnell an economist at Macquarie University.

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  • Business Matters: Airlines adopt new safety procedures 27 Mar 15

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

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    56 mins

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    In the aftermath of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, several airlines have adopted procedures already established in the United States. A mandatory second person will be in the cockpit when one of the pilots leaves. Oil prices have jumped as the Saudi-led operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen continues. On Friday Arab leaders will gather in Egypt to discuss the latest turmoil in the Middle East. Mohammad Taha from the BBC Arabic Service gives us the latest. We'll also hear from Leila Zerrougui, the UN's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. She's been speaking at a special conference in New York which discussed the way young people pay a disproportionate price for the violence brought on them by adults. Also as the famous Cirque du Soleil looks for a new owner we ask why there's such enduring love for the circus. Joining presenter Fergus Nicoll are Simon Littlewood of Asia Now from Singapore - and Gabriella Coleman of McGill University in Montreul.

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  • Business Matters: Saudi Arabia launches Yemen strikes 26 Mar 15

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    58 mins

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    As Saudi Arabia, backed by Egypt and several Gulf states, starts an air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen we get the latest from Fuad Abd-al-Razak of BBC Arabic. Plus, the world's biggest oil-field services company, Schlumberger, is fined more than 230 million dollars - for violating sanctions against Iran and Sudan. Also in the programme, with Nigeria's election looming, we'll hear the political argument brewing over corruption in the country. We hear from the Boao Forum - China's version of the World Economic Forum, as it gets underway on the island of Hainan. Joining us for the duration of the programme is our guest Peter Morici of the University of Maryland in Washington DC.

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  • Business Matters: No survivors from Alps plane crash 15 Mar 15

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

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    56 mins

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    A Germanwings plane carrying 150 people has crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. It's thought that are no survivors. The black box has been found but at the moment investigators don't know what caused the crash. On Wednesday the first ever treaty aimed at tackling the trafficking of human organs will be signed - but what forces someone to give up a kidney? We'll also ask why is it so hard for women in America to break into the blue collar job market? Also, could a widely used weedkiller cause cancer in humans - a UN health organisation thinks it's probable, but Monsanto, the manufacturers, say that's not true. Joining us on the show are Mitchell Hartman, a Senior Reporter at Marketplace in Portland, Oregon and Anne Stevenson-Yang a Research Director at J-Capital Research in Beijing.

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  • BM: Chinese buyers snap up Pirelli 24 Mar 15

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

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    56 mins

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    As the Italian company Pirelli is snapped up by Chinese buyers, we ask if anything will change at the fifth largest tyre producer in the world? Also in the programme, we look at the small businesses and state government in Missouri using crowd-funding to rebuild companies damaged in November's race riots. And challenging the online propaganda of Islamic State - we'll hear about a collaboration between religious leaders and the tech sector in California. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on the country's embattled Christians. And we welcome our guests - with us for the duration of the programme, Alex Frangos is Asia Editor of Heard on the Street at The Wall Street Journal. And Shikha Dalmia is a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation, America's leading libertarian think tank.

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  • Business Matters: Spanish Bank Sabadell Takes over TSB 21 Mar 15

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    The Spanish bank Sabadell takes over TSB in the UK - so how did they survive Spain's financial crisis? We speak to the Bank's CEO. As the EU maintains sanctions on Russia over the fighting in eastern Ukraine, we have reflections from citizens on both sides of the border as well as the former Georgian Prime Minister. Plus, it costs the US military $20 billion ever year, but what is this mystery menace? Discussing these issues and more, we are joined throughout the programme from Melbourne Australia by Peter Ryan, business editor at ABC news.

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  • Business Matters: The Swiss Dilemma 20 Mar 15

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    The price of success: why the high value of the Franc is spelling disaster for some Swiss companies. We'll also look at Andalucia a region of Spain still stuck in the financial doldrums seven years after the crisis began. PLUS Moroccan rapper El Haqed talks openly about lack of freedom and high levels of corruption in his country. It has cost him three spells in prison and a ban on performing live in Morocco. Yesterday, he won an 'Index on Censorship' freedom of speech award in London. He speaks to the programme about his experiences. Plus the Faroe Islands have suddenly become a tourist hot spot ahead of tomorrow's eclipse: but will they be able to cope with all the visitors? From Singapore, we are joined by Nisad Hajari Asia Editor for Bloomberg View and from Toronto, by Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network.

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  • Business Matters: US Fed Hints At Interest Rate Rise 19 Mar 15

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

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    57 mins

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    The Fed may raise interest rates this year for the first time since the financial crisis. We speak to a former Federal Reserve board member about what that could mean for the US and beyond. The UK announces its budget, but has the government got the right economic approach? The economist Roger Bootle gives us his analysis. Plus, the struggle to revive cities after the recession. In the wake of violent protests at the opening of the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, we ask is it always possible to achieve peaceful protest? Debating this we are joined from Washington, by Alexis Goldstein of The Other 98% - an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street - and from Bangalore, by Revathy Ashok of the Political Action Committee. Finally, Himalayan yak cheese anyone? How a traditional Nepalese cheese snack became a canine favourite in America.

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  • Business Matters: Israeli Election "Too Close To Call"

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Israel's governing Likud party and the opposition Zionist Union are neck-and-neck in Israel's general election, according to exit polls. We hear from Dr. Yonatan Mendel at Ben-Gurion University in Israel what this will mean for the country's foreign and internal affairs. Days after Cyclone Pam hit the pacific nation of Vanuatu, we assess the economic impact and the UN's Special Envoy for Climate Change tells us the disaster is a sign the world's weather system has changed. PLUS it's technology inspired by the film 'Terminator', but how excited should we be about liquid 3-D printing technology? Michael Molitch-Hou, editor of 3D Printing Industry, assesses this latest development. From Los Angeles, we are joined by Marketplace reporter Noel King and from Singapore, by Simon Littlewood of Asia Now Consulting Group.

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  • Business Matters: Israelis go to the polls 17 March 2015

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    As Israelis prepare to go to the polls, has Benjamin Netanyahu turned his back on the two state solution in order to secure last minute votes? We ask Yossi Mekelberg of Chatham House as Netanyahu's chances of winning a fourth term in office hanging in the balance. As Greece prepares to raise over a billion dollars this week in short-term financing to meet debt repayments, the Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis has been criticised for showing off his expensive apartment in Paris Match. We speak to Constantine Michalos, Chairman of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We're at the cutting edge of the multi-billion-dollar gaming industry - and it's not all about guns and car chases. Also, a Saudi court punishes a woman for insulting a man on WhatsApp. We hear about an online battle of wills between conservatives and progressives in the Kingdom. All this discussed with our guest David Kuo of The Motley Fool is in Singapore.

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