Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.
Prince Philip and The Commonwealth
Politicians and public figures across the world have paid tribute to Prince Philip, following his death at the age of 99. We hear from Nigel Vardy, mountaineer and assessor for the The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London's School of Advanced Study. Plus we're joined throughout the programme by Colin Peacock of Radio New Zealand and Peter Ryan from the ABC in Sydney.
(Picture: HRH The Prince Philip. Credit: Reuters).
Vaccine equality and economic recovery
Today - three of the most important people in global finance get together to thrash out ideas about ways of averting vaccine inequality and the economic inequality that will be made worse as a result. Saudi Arabia has begun operating its first renewable energy project - a solar power plant; we hear from Professor Karen Young, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. We look ahead to this year's Black British Business Awards with the event's organiser, Melanie Eusebe. A new hashtag is cropping up in Myanmar - #MilkTeaAlliance. So what's going on? We hear more from Iain Marlow of Bloomberg. Plus, the BBC’s Vincent Dowd reports on Broadway, the commercial theatre district in New York City, whose 41 theatres closed just over a year ago. And we're joined throughout the programme by David Kuo in Singapore; he's co-founder of the Smart Investor, and in Los Angeles we're joined by Emmy-award winning journalist Leyna Nguyen. (Picture of world map and vaccine via Getty Images).
Covid cases rise in India and Brazil
We analyse how a rise in Covid cases is affecting two of the world 's largest economies; India and Brazil. There's a growing consensus between western governments that corporations should pay more tax on their profits following years of cuts to business taxes; we hear from Alex Cobham, the Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network, which campaigns for global tax reform. Plus, Greenland's opposition party has won an election which could have major consequences for international mining interests in the Arctic. Birger Poppel, a researcher at the University of Greenland tells us what this could mean for the country’s large deposits of rare earth metals. The founder of the dating app Bumble Whitney Wolfe Herd has joined Forbes list of the super rich, which shows how popular dating apps have become; we speak to relationship coach Jo Barnett. And we're joined throughout the programme by Jeanette Rodriguez from Bloomberg in Mumbai and communications analyst Ralph Silver in Toronto. (Picture of coronavirus via Getty Images).
IMF: Rich world recovering faster than expected
The IMF says that the rich world is recovering faster than expected from the downturn resulting from the pandemic. But what about the developing world? Jubilee USA campaigns for debt relief for developing countries - we speak to its executive director, Eric Le Compte. And in a world struggling to pull itself out of a pandemic, lockdowns and recession, why are there quite so many billionaires? We hear from Kerry Dolan, Assistant Managing Editor of Wealth at Forbes about their latest rich list. Credit Suisse replaced two key executives and cut bonuses amid the fallout from two major business relationships; Peter Hody from Finnews.com in Zurich analyses what went wrong. And we're joined throughout the programme by Mehmal Sarfraz, journalist and co-founder The Current in Lahore, Pakistan; we're also joined by Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence in Houston Texas. (Picture of IMF sign by Saul Loeb via Getty Images).
US calls for minimum global corporation tax
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called for a minimum rate of corporation tax around the world; the BBC's Michelle Fleury explains what the Biden administration is hoping to achieve. Also in the programme, as Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell hits out at companies protesting against Georgia's new election law, Professor of Law Ciara Torres-Spelliscy discusses what influence corporations can have. Plus, the BBC's Theo Leggett has been speaking to whistleblowers about their careers after exposing wrongdoing. And we hear about the controversy surrounding a new art gallery in Hong Kong.
Our guests throughout the hour are Professor Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland and former Hong Kong government official Rachel Cartland of Cartland Consulting.
(Picture: U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen / Credit: Reuters)
US Capitol car ram attack
An attack at the US Capitol complex in Washington DC has left one police officer dead and another in hospital with injuries. A car crashed into a security barrier before the driver lunged towards the officers with a knife. The officers opened fire and the suspect was shot dead. We get the latest from the BBC's Larry Maduwo, who's in DC. Also in the programme, the US economy added almost a million new jobs in March, though employment remains well below pre-pandemic levels, as the BBC's Samira Hussain explains. We have an extended report from Ijeoma Ndukwe about the prospects for industrialisation of the cocoa sector in Ghana, the world's second largest exporter of the commodity. The idea of coronavirus vaccination passports is catching on in some countries. We examine the arguments for and against their introduction with Professor Melinda Mills of the University of Oxford, and Adrienne Murray talks us through Denmark's digital vaccine passport scheme, Coronapas, which will come into use there next week. Plus, Elizabeth Hotson considers the most effective way to make a complaint.#
All this and more discussed with our guest throughout the show, Karen Percy a senior freelance reporter in Melbourne, Australia.
(Picture: the car that rammed into a barricade at the US Capitol. Credit: Getty Images.)