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Recent Episodes of World Business Report


Who is investing in Ukrainian post-war reconstruction?

Who is investing in Ukrainian post-war reconstruction?

At the international conference on the country’s long-term reconstruction EU leaders announced agreements with banks worth 1.4 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to help attract private investment for Ukraine at a conference in Berlin.

Investors are going to offer a business case for investing, and talk up Ukraine's potential in sectors including renewables, IT and pharmaceuticals.

Also, Rahul Tandon finds out why a court in the US has ordered one of the world's biggest banana producers to pay nearly $40 million in damages in Colombia and why Singapore Airlines offers compensation to passengers after the turbulence.

Episode 11 June 2024 26m and 29s


Apple joins the AI race

Apple joins the AI race

From Apple iPhone’s to Call of Duty 6 we have blockbuster names from the world of tech for you today - including a controversial plan to sell the new video game via a subscription model. How will that work?

Also today, we hear from a former Indian finance minister about the challenges facing the new one as Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts a third term in office.

And we consider BP's plan to make all its employees come clean about their workplace love affairs.

Episode 10 June 2024 26m and 28s


EU elections shakes economy

EU elections shakes economy

European stocks fell on Monday as traders reacted to initial results from the EU Parliament elections and the surprise call for parliamentary elections by French President Emmanuel Macron. Rahul Tandon finds how an early EU election results indicate that populist, far-right parties could have a bigger hand in European policymaking and affecting economy. Also, in the programme, we are talking about Japanese carmakers crisis and finds out why India is returning to a coalition government.

Episode 10 June 2024 26m and 23s


Samsung union takes rare strike action

Samsung union takes rare strike action

Union workers at Samsung Electronics are holding the first ever strike in the company's five decade history. We find out why, and what impact it could have on. Elsewhere, Rob Young looks at oil giant Aramco's secondary listing, which was priced below expectations. And finally, we look at the multi billion-dollar drug industry focused on weight loss

Episode 7 June 2024 26m and 28s


The European Central Bank cuts interest rates

The European Central Bank cuts interest rates

The European Central Bank has announced a cut in its main interest rate from an all-time high of 4% to 3.75%.

A Norwegian mining group has confirmed that it's discovered the largest deposit of rare earth minerals in Europe.

And Virgin Australia plans to break new ground by allowing dogs and cats to fly in the main cabin on flights. The BBC’s Phil Mercer tells us more

Photo by FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock. European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde addresses a press conference

Episode 6 June 2024 26m and 27s


Will the ECB unstick the Eurozone?

Will the ECB unstick the Eurozone?

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates for the first time in five years, but what does it mean for the Eurozone?

We hear about the fall of one of India's biggest start-ups, and the BBC's Devina Gupta also looks at the story of online education company, Byjus, as its US lenders kick off bankruptcy proceedings.

The latest business and finance news from around the world, on the BBC.

Episode 6 June 2024 26m and 28s


UN head calls for end to fossil fuel adverts

UN head calls for end to fossil fuel adverts

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called coal, oil and gas corporations the “godfathers of climate chaos” who had distorted the truth and deceived the public for decades. He said that just as tobacco advertising was banned because of the threat to health, the same should now apply to fossil fuels.

Also in the programme, Rahul Tandon talks about Canada's interest rate cuts and finds out why a Hollywood film studio is refusing to release a film.

Episode 5 June 2024 26m and 28s


The "Russian Davos" kicks off

The "Russian Davos" kicks off

The St Petersburg International Economic Forum gets underway, with Russia hoping to woo investors from the Middle East, Asia and Africa - amid Western sanctions. We look into why the Chinese-Russian trade boom is now under the spotlight. Elsewhere, Will Bain looks into the latest electric vehicle player hoping to take on Tesla, before talking to the creator of the AI chatbot that mirrors the "future you..."

Episode 5 June 2024 26m and 27s


India election: the economy reacts as Modi claims victory

India election: the economy reacts as Modi claims victory

Modi-led alliance claims victory in India’s general election despite having many critics of high unemployment figures and slow economic growth there. What look at what this means for the Indian economy.

We hear from local reporters, economists and business owners in India.

Episode 4 June 2024 26m and 10s


How investors react to Mexico’s first female president

How investors react to Mexico’s first female president

Mexico's first female president, Claudia Sheinbaum, breaks a political glass ceiling and she wins the election. However, following the victory, investors have been reacting rather negatively. They’ve been selling off pesos—Mexico’s currency—over fears of radical constitutional changes. The peso slipped about 3% against the dollar, its lowest level since November last year. How will it affect local business owners and the economy?

Also, in the programme, Sam Fenwick finds out why the boss of the World Bank, Ajay Banga, thinks it’s time for emerging economies to stop relying on infinite streams of cash from other...

Episode 3 June 2024 26m and 28s

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