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Far and Wide | April 2024 (III)

This week’s headline features a story from Asia: India's delivery of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines signifies a significant milestone in its defence export ambitions. The move not only strengthens bilateral ties but also showcases India's technological prowess and commitment to self-reliance in defence manufacturing. As India continues to explore opportunities for defence exports, addressing challenges and enhancing capabilities will be key to realizing its vision of becoming a major defence supplier in the region.

Europe: The EU approves new regulations aimed at reducing packaging, banning certain single-use plastics, promoting reuse and refill options, and improving recycling, with targets set for 2030 and beyond.

North America: Recent legislative support for clean hydrogen in North America, including tax incentives in the US and Canada, has spurred a surge in hydrogen initiatives, detailed in a report for the World Hydrogen North America Congress, aimed at accelerating the energy transition.

South America: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's upcoming visit to Brazil aims to solidify a cooperation agreement on decarbonization, emphasizing biofuel technologies and forest protection, in line with both countries' commitment to combating climate change.

Asia: India's delivery of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines signifies a leap in its defence exports and self-reliance goals, advancing its 'Make-in-India' initiative and aspirations to be a key defence supplier in Asia.

Australia: Senior Chinese and Australian trade officials have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen economic ties through the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, aiming to deepen cooperation and maximize its potential, as discussed during the second meeting of the FTA Joint Committee in Canberra. 

Africa: The WHO Global Malaria Programme unveils a new operational strategy, emphasizing four strategic objectives to combat malaria by 2030, focusing on norms and standards, innovation, strategic information, and global leadership, guided by equity principles and endorsed ahead of World Malaria Day, with a spotlight on equitable access to malaria services.