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BY LIZ NEWMARK, in Brussels 

EUROPEAN steel association EUROFER’s communications director Charles De Lusignan told Metal Bulletin on March 13 that the impact of the USA’s steel and aluminium duties through a loss of US exports, combined with a surge of EU imports, could force EU steel producers to reduce production by more than 10 million tonnes.

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Hong Kong


By Poorna Rodrigo THE HR sector in Hong Kong has developed a new mentorship programme to coach young would-be personnel professionals so that they can get a head start in their career.

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Lebanese Banks Are Battling It On In A Difficult Environment

By Paul Cochrane in Beirut

Lebanon’s banks are at the frontline, both literally – the country borders war-ravaged Syria north and east – and as they negotiate to preserve or recover correspondent relationships in a de-risking environment.

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UK drinks association warns its relationship with EU industry bodies may change post-Brexit

By Andrew Burnyeat   Britain’s Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WTSA) has said its formal relationship with pan-European Union (EU) associations could change should the UK government go ahead with its Brexit referendum mandate and quit the EU.

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Brexit poses key questions on regulation for all business and professional sectors, in and outside the UK

By Keith Nuthall   The UK’s vote on June 23 to quit the European Union (EU) creates deep uncertainty over the shape of regulations and legislation in Britain, affecting all economic and professional sectors. As new UK Prime Minister Theresa May takes office, she has the toughest in-tray imaginable – recasting and then renegotiating the UK’s regulatory relationship with the 27 countries remaining in the EU and the EU’s central institutions.

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Brexit vote on a knife-edge

By Andrew Burnyeat    The Brexit polls predict a knife-edge night of nervous nail-biting for both Remainers and Brexiteers on June 23.

This needs some explanation, given that the vast majority of centre-right, centre and left politicians, together with a huge majority of business leaders and industry associations want the UK to continue its membership of the European Union (EU).

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Nuclear deal may have swept away many sanctions, but Iran struggles to mesh with global financial system

By Paul Cochrane, in Beirut   Following the international agreement limiting its nuclear power ambitions, Iran is essentially open for business. However, certain US sanctions remain in place, adding to Western banks’ caution in dealing with Iran, long a pariah to global investors and bankers. Indeed, the biggest challenge will be reintegrating Iran’s financial institutions back into the international system after their years’ long experience of dealing with, and circumventing, sanctions.

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Automakers tell Britain auto jobs could be lost if the UK leaves the EU

By Sara Lewis, in Brussels   With a June 23 date set for Britain to hold an in-out referendum on UK membership of the European Union (EU), the European car industry has made it clear it wants British voters to keep their country within the 28-member state bloc.

Four top automaker executives have rejected Brexit (British exit from the EU) by adding their names to a letter from business leaders to the London-based The Times newspaper, flagging up the EU’s benefits.


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Lebanon’s car sector

Lebanon's car sector: the downward shift

By Paul Cochrane, in Beirut 

Going by overall figures of new cars sold, the automotive sector is doing surprisingly well in the current economic environment, up 4.33 percent in the first eight months of the year on 2012, and in comparative terms, above the GDP forecast of 1.6 percent for 2013. Furthermore, the figures are up on last year’s August results, which grew by 7.6 percent on 2011, and the 2.1 percent growth reported in the same period in 2010. But the sector is far from being in good health and bucking the downward trend in much of the rest of the economy.

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ERBD mulls load to Ukraine graphite electrode maker

EBRD mulls loan to Ukraine graphite electrode maker

By Keith Nuthall, in Ottawa 


The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) is planning to lend USD26 million to a Ukrainian manufacturer of graphite electrodes for electric steel and electric-arc furnaces – Ukrgrafit. A memorandum from the bank said that the loan would fund reconstructing and modernising its manufacturing facilities and introducing energy efficient technologies. Ukrgrafit is the only Ukraine manufacturer of graphite electrodes for electric steel, electric-arc furnaces and other uses in the steel, aluminium, magnesium and titanium industries, noted the EBRD.

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