Vaccinating the entire world population against Covid-19 is a mammoth task. In most developing countries there is still a lack of available vaccines, financial resources and, in some cases, factual information - but the fight for global vaccination coverage is ongoing on many levels.
The fight against hunger is about more than filling the plates with filling calories. The "Nutrition for Growth" campaign year draws attention to the fact that the problem of hidden hunger also needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Environmental pollution, overfishing, climate change: The world's oceans are at great risk from human influences. A sustainable marine economy, as it is increasingly demanded, should better protect the oceans and at the same time promote prosperity and development.
The African music and film industry is on the rise. Afrobeats stars create hits that the world will dance to, and Netflix is knocking on film studios in Lagos and Cape Town. The increasing presence of international and African streaming service providers is opening up unprecedented revenue opportunities for the African art scene.
The Central Asian markets are increasingly interesting for Austrian companies. With the transport of dredgers and the equipping of a giant yurt, spectacular projects have only recently been realized.
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From environmental technology to the feed industry - the plant manufacturer Christof Industries from Graz serves a wide variety of industries. At the moment, the intelligent recycling of waste is being worked on. Not only are new technologies on the radar, but also challenging markets.
Africa's imposing baobab trees thrive in harsh conditions and can live for more than a thousand years. Its vitamin and fiber-rich fruits - in powder form - are being consumed more and more frequently in Europe and the USA. But baobab has not yet made its big market breakthrough.
An international consortium is helping Serbia to expand renewable energies. The promoters expect a first breakthrough from the development of a biomass market. The Austrian Development Agency ADA is supporting the project in the pilot phase.
Even if tourism is going through tough times, sooner or later the travel engine will kick in again. Industry experts expect that travelers will pay more attention to sustainability when making bookings in the future. This is not the only reason why the global hotel industry should seriously consider the issue.
The Austrian Development Agency advances the private sector in developing countries with business partnerships. The funding instrument was used for years to support Austrian companies in particular in poor markets. Now they also want to test new things, as an Africa project by Ashoka Austria shows.
For Axel Kühner, CEO of the Upper Austrian family company Greiner, it is not only globalization that is one of the winners of the crisis. The pandemic has also given plastics a new status, he says in an interview with corporAID.
Georg Kopetz, CEO of the TTTech Group, emphasizes in an interview with corporAID the opportunities new technologies offer for growth and sustainable development. He wants Europe to be more strongly positioned in terms of technology policy and sees China as a role model when it comes to market development through technology exports.
Werner H. Bittner, Umdasch Group Ventures, Martin Engelberg, ÖVP member of the National Council, and Arnold Schuh, WU Vienna, will discuss perspectives of increased economic cooperation with Africa, the potential contribution of local companies and the need to catch up in terms of communication and coordination.
For Elisabeth Engelbrechtsmüller-Strauss, CEO of the Upper Austrian technology company Fronius, the key to further growth lies in internationalization - and in the megatrend of sustainability. She sees the need for industry to provide innovative solutions here. As a family company, Fronius has the staying power to do this.