The launch of an international board on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, originally slated for 2010, has been delayed again. While there is no official timeline for its introduction, it is the centerpiece of China's plans to turn Shanghai into a global financial centre by 2020. CSj takes a look at…

Many female readers of this journal will no doubt have had the experience of being the only woman present at board meetings. How would they pitch to their male colleagues the need for better board diversity? CSj outlines a fictional company secretary's defence of diversity. The board chairman called the…

This month's interviewee – Naz Sarkar ACIS, the regional CEO for the UK, the Channel Islands, Ireland and Africa at Computershare Investor Services PLC – discusses the way that Chartered Secretaries involved in the share registration business can help develop and deliver a company's shareholder strategy. Thanks for talking to…

China 2030: building a modern, harmonious and creative high-income society, published by the World Bank in collaboration with China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), assesses China's medium-term development challenges to 2030 and makes policy recommendations designed to help China transition to…

The World Bank's China 2030 report recommends, among other things, that China should eliminate privileges for state-owned enterprises, increase spending on social services and open its budget to public scrutiny. Sound advice, argues Minxin Pei, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College in the US, but the report shies away…

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