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Windows of Opportunity
Subject: Windows of Opportunity
Send date: 2012-04-10 05:46:07
Issue #: 132
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Customs ProcessThe National Electronic Single Window (NSW), a sharing network to interconnect at least 40 government offices in the Philippines, is the government’s newest plan to make doing business in the country quicker and more efficient. The Bureau of Customs, under the Department of Finance (DOF), has signed up with different government agencies like the Department of Agriculture, the Philippine National Police, and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. The NSW will also coordinate with private institutions like the Association of International Shipping Lines and Bankers Association of the Philippines as stakeholders in more efficient customs collections. Read more >>
Joel Tan-torres Tax chief Joel Tan-Torres has the unenviable job of collecting the nation’s taxes. He talks to China Business about innovating in one of the most hated and distrusted agencies of government.

Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commissioner Joel Tan-Torres knows taxes inside and out, having worked for both accounting powerhouse SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. and the government. He’s applying corporate solutions to government problems, and if last December’s higher-than-target collections are any indication, that may actually pay off. Read more >>

Project TriangleThe genuises that built the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium in Beijing are at it again. Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Meuron have laid out blueprints for yet another revolutionary structure, this time, to spruce up the Parisian skyline—and economy to boot.

Le Projet Triangle (Project Triangle) will tower 200 meters above Porte de Versailles in south-western Paris. The privately-funded development will be a stunning irregular stepped-pyramid of glass and steel. Unlike those occupied by Egyptian pharaohs, it is designed to have a slim profile similar to a shark’s fin. Read more >>

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