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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Like an anxious matchmaker nudging a nervous couple together, the Obama administration has persuaded Afghanistan and Pakistan to take their first tangible step toward bilateral cooperation — a trade agreement that will facilitate the ground shipment of goods between and through the two countries.
The accord has been under negotiation for years; Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari promised President Obama more than a year ago that it would be completed by the end of 2009. During marathon talks between the two sides that began last week, U.S. officials helped forge a deal in time to announce it Sunday night, just hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived for a two-day visit.
On Monday, Clinton and the Pakistanis will unveil their own bilateral agreement pledging an initial $500 million in new U.S. economic assistance to Pakistan. The aid, primarily for water and energy projects, is part of a $7.5 billion, five-year development package approved by Congress last fall.
The trade and aid agreements are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to facilitate Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy. It hopes that a long-term investment here, along with repeated visits from senior officials, will persuade Pakistan to more solidly align its interests with those of the United States.
Most immediately, the Obama administration would like the Pakistani military to take more aggressive action against Taliban groups that use Pakistan as their headquarters and base of operations for attacks in Afghanistan. The groups, including the Haqqani network based in the Pakistani tribal areas along the Afghan border and the Quetta Shura based in the southern province of Baluchistan, have historically close ties with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate.
After the Times Square bombing attempt in May, U.S. intelligence concluded that confessed bomber Faisal Shahzad had been trained and directed by the Pakistani Taliban, a domestic extremist group allied with those active in Afghanistan. Administration officials warned Pakistan that a successful attack in U.S. territory emanating from Pakistan would have a “devastating impact on our relationship,” Clinton said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday. “I worry about it all the time, and so do the Pakistanis,” she said.
Islamabad is at least as important as Kabul, Richard C. Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Sunday. Pakistan is “one of the most critical countries in the world,” he said.
Historical adversaries Pakistan and India have long competed for influence in Afghanistan, and the administration has tried to juggle its relations with the three while encouraging resolution of differences among them. Over the past year, it has pushed for dialogue between Islamabad and Kabul as part of its war effort. The new trade accord, an expansion of a limited agreement signed in 1965 and the subject of sporadic and unsuccessful negotiations since then, will boost Afghan exports by regularizing customs and transit permit arrangements, giving Afghanistan easier access to Pakistani seaports and allowing Pakistan greater access to Central Asia.
Afghan trucks, which have had to offload goods onto Pakistani vehicles on their joint border, will be able to deliver goods directly to Pakistani destinations and ports, and to travel across Pakistan to the Indian border, where the items will be offloaded onto Indian trucks. Full cross-border transit has been put off until Pakistan and India resolve their own differences.
Administration officials have been divided on other aspects of Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation, including the prospect that Karzai, with Pakistani encouragement, might move too quickly to cede political power to the Taliban that they have not won on the battlefield.
Both governments have grown leery of the strength of the U.S. commitment, with concerns about waning popular and political support for the war in the United States and Obama’s pledge to begin troop withdrawals in July 2011.
Clinton will travel from Islamabad to Kabul to attend a conference where Karzai is expected to announce concrete plans for reintegration of low-level Taliban fighters, anti-corruption measures, a new community defense program and other initiatives that the international community has agreed to fund.
The trip to Pakistan is Clinton’s second as secretary of state, following a visit in October marked by hostile questioning from student, media and civil society groups.
After meetings Sunday night with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Zardari, Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday will convene the seco
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1. What have been the key success factors for Sony?
Sony Started as a radio repair shop, founded by Masuru Ikura and Akio Morita after Would War II. The company began its long history of producing compact consumer electronics in 1957, when it introduced the World’s first pocket-sized all-transistor radio. The company’s name, Sony, was taken from Sony, the Latin word for “sound” Sony went on to invest a series of transistor-based TVs and increasingly smaller audiocassette recorders. In 1979, the Sony Walkman introduced the World to a new, portable way of listening to music. Sony became a world leader in consumer electronics and was the first Japanese company to have its shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
In the late 1980s, Sony began expanding into media, purchasing a U.S. record company (CSB records for $22 billion in 1988). And a major Hollywood studio (Columbia Pictures for $4.9 billion in 1989). The purchases made Sony a major force in the entertainment industry.
The importance of marketing at Sony started with Akio Morita, who said that for a company to be successful, it must have three kinds of creativity: creativity to make inventions, creativity in planning and production, and creativity in marketing.
Creativity in marketing at Sony means not just cleaver ads, but deep insight into its customers. For example, Sony knows its playstation customers like to find clues and to decode things. So Sony’s ads for playstation 2, like “Signs,” feature a young man walking the streets of a city where he encounters various signs foreshadowing the events. Mannequins appear in a store window, arms outstretched, and point enigmatically to something that’s about to happen. “The lead character is almost in the midst of his own role-playing game. He needs to follows clues to save the heroine”, said Andrew House, Sony’s executive vice president of marketing. In the ads, “we were essentially trying to tap into a range of emotions that we think we deliver in the games – intrigue, forebonding, excitement, panic, relief and achievement at the end”.
Sony’s marketing also includes careful measurement of each campaign’s effectiveness. Foe example, Sony runs 30-second commercials for its Playstation as part of the previews in more than 1,800 theatres and on 8,000 movie screens. The ads appear before such films as “The Cat in the Hat”. Sony Computer Entertainment America has been running movie ads for six years.” Cinema advertising has been very effective for us”, said Amil Blaire, director of product marketing.” The reason why we have committed to cinema every year is the tremendous unaided recall shown by our own research and communicus – commissioned ad tracking”.
Another example of measurement is Sony’s GenY youth marketing efforts. “The online program promoting the NetMD ATRAC CD Walkman and Cybershot U30 ran July 1 through September 30, 2003, and we found that more than 70 percent static banners”, said Serge Del Grosso, Director of Media and Internet Strategy, Sony Electronics”.
In fact, Sony has even developed a direct-marketing solution which it sells to other companies who want to measure marketing effectiveness. The product, called eBridge[TM], allows marketers to use video, measure the effectiveness of the campaign, and gain insight into the target audience, all in one package.
Sony expects that the next big breakthrough will not come from a single new electronic device.Rather, Sony President Kunitake Ando says that the future lies in making a whole range of devices more usefully linking them in a networked home-entertainment system. The company believes that its clout in consumer electronics, combined with its media content, will allow it to steer that convergence in a way that suits it. Whether the future of convergence resides in TV’s or PC’s or devices , $62-billion Sony makes every one of them- with a strong brand name that gives them an extra push off retail shelves around the world.
1. What have been the key success factors for Sony?
2. What recommendations would you make to senior marketing executives going forward? What should they he sure to do with its marketing?
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Can anyone share their option trading strategies?
I understand all of the basics and what all of the types of executions involve. I am interested in deep strategies that have proven successful for different traders.
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Yesterday the market fell 400pts because of European debt issues. What does that have to do with the capability of Caterpillar to make and sell D60 bulldozers? If you can understand why the market dropped like it did and CAT in particular then you will be able to select the proper trading strategy for stock market investing.
What are the steps in making your first financial trade?
I am looking for a guide that tells me the steps from researching the company, choosing a strategy to actually placing my first bet.
I am a complete novice, have never placed a trade (bet), only read on a few points like balancing risk, but don’t really know how it ties in with making my first trade, I read you should keep your portfolio small, and not place too many trades, but don’t know what to actually look out for?
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The best thing is to research Warren Buffetts strategy on investing. He believes you should only invest in companies with strong roots that will be around forever and those with strong management and financials. Look at the companies he purchases stock in for his company Berkshire Hathaway. He is the best investor of all times and he knows whats goin on.
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I like www.finance.google.com because they are indepth and you can use their stock screener to screen stocks that you might like. For instance companies I like Net Profit Margin percent, earnings-per-share (EPS) and a good dividend. If you play around with the screener and dont focus to much on those with outrageous numbers but those companies you recognize; you will find some good ones.
You must know the companies you invest in.
Net profit margin percent is the best metric I know of because it tells you what percentage return they have on their money. If its negative or very low they are a no go. If its very high then look at what they are involved in. If the industry has a good future outlook its usually a good one.
How would you PR a client whose services help businesses optimize their sales/employee performance?
Would really appreciate your input regarding this. I work in PR and am working with a client whose predominant skill sets lie in business performance enhancement. She has a forty year career in sales, and her techniques, observations and seminars claim to enhance the performance of a company’s workforce treble fold. Businesses have noticed radical performance improvements from their employees after hiring her as a consultant and she has forged a hugely successful career visiting different companies and advising them on how to break with useless conventions, introduce new techniques, reinvigorate a latent workforce – all with the objective to harness the very best from their employees. I’m trying to think of unique PR / publicity opportunities for her – aside from national and trade press, business TV and radio, etc. What inventive and imaginative PR opportunities do you think could be applied to her publicity strategy?
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The tagline “Sub-contract your employees happiness and performance to consultants which will spoon-feed your workforce the same old shit every other adult teacher does.”
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