Archive for the ‘booming economy’ Category

Russia: A boom that depends on migrant workers

October 24, 2007

By Celestine Bohlen
Bloomberg
October 24, 2007

KHOTKOVO, Russia: Slapping a coat of paint on the pedestal of a bust of Lenin in a provincial Russian town may not be much of a job, but Kuram, 49, says it beats making the equivalent of $16 a month back home in Uzbekistan.

“If things were better there, I wouldn’t be here,” said the tractor driver, at work in Khotkovo, 60 kilometers, or about 40 miles, northeast of Moscow. He declined to give his last name for fear of running afoul of the Russian immigration authorities.

Russia’s booming economy is luring more and more people like Kuram, who are willing to take jobs its own citizens can’t or won’t do. The country’s increasingly capitalistic society is creating greater wealth and aspirations, forcing Russia to confront a problem more familiar in the West: integrating foreign workers who often face discrimination and harassment.

A shrinking work force complicates the situation….

Read the rest:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/23/
europe/letter.php?WT.mc_id=rssfrontpage

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NY Times: China Moves to Refurbish a Damaged Global Image

July 28, 2007

SHANGHAI, Sunday, July 29 — After years of being accused by Western nations of making only token gestures to fight fake goods and months of complaints about the safety of its exports, China is taking extraordinary steps to change its image.

Last week, Beijing unveiled new controls aimed at fighting counterfeit drugs and substandard exports. High-ranking officials and regulators vowed to strengthen China’s food safety system, tighten controls over chemical use by large seafood and meat producers, and create a system that holds producers more accountable for selling unsafe products.

The government also announced that it had broken up a series of criminal rings that operated huge manufacturing centers, producing goods as varied as pirated ….

Read it all at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/world/
asia/29safety.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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