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Events

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"Open to Export" ICC WTO International business award ICC WTO London

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BMW committed to new factory in Mexico www.cnn.com

BMW is sticking with plans to open a new factory in Mexico in 2019 despite warnings from President-elect Donald Trump that he will slap a border tax on cars imported from the country.
The German automaker's head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, told Richard Quest of CNN that BMW is committed to the factory in Mexico.
Robertson explained that the company needs to expand manufacturing beyond its U.S. factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, already the biggest BMW plant in the world.
"We need additional capacity, so we have chosen to build a plant in Mexico," he said. The Spartanburg plant produces up to 450,000 cars per year, he said. It sells up to 370,000 of them in the United States and exports the rest.
"In a global setup, this is normal business," he said. "At the end of the day, our commitment to the U.S. is strong."
Trump has publicly threatened automakers with a tariff on Mexican-made cars that are sold in the U.S. In recent weeks, he has specifically called out Ford (F), GM (GM) and Toyota (TM).
Last week, Ford scrapped plans to build a new $1.6 billion Mexican plant. CEO Mark Fields said the decision was made "independently" and it had not made a special deal with Trump.
Trump responded with a "thank you" tweet to Ford. "This is just the beginning - much more to follow," he said.

BMW has already started work on the new factory in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The facility will open in 2019 and produce the BMW 3 Series Sedan.
BMW says the factory will create at least 1,500 new jobs.
"The cars which will be produced in Mexico are for the global market, not only North America," the company said.
Related: Trump's Toyota attack sets off alarm bells in Japan
The German automaker has more than 30 factories in 14 countries around the world.
The South Carolina plant employs 8,800 people and is investing $1 billion to increase production capacity. About 70% of cars made there are exported globally.

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Toyota plans to invest $10 bil. in US www.nhk.or.jp

The president of Japanese automaker Toyota says his company will invest 10 billion dollars in the United States over the next 5 years.

Akio Toyoda revealed the plan on Monday at an auto show in the US city of Detroit.

US President-elect Donald Trump had criticized the giant Japanese firm for its moves to build a plant in Mexico.

Toyoda stressed his company's contribution to the US economy. He said the firm has its largest plant in the US and employs 136,000 people across the country.

 
 
 
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GM won't move production from Mexico despite Trump’s criticism www.rt.com

General Motors has no plans to move small car production to the US from Mexico because of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of the company, said CEO Mary Barra.
She told reporters manufacturing decisions and plant investments are made far in advance of production and can’t be easily reversed.

“This is a long-lead business with highly capital-intensive investments—decisions that were made two, three and four years ago,” Barra said.

Last week, Trump attacked General Motors for building some of its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in Mexico. He tweeted that the largest US automaker should make cars at home or face a hefty tariff.

GM said the imported cars represent less than five percent of the Cruze hatchbacks sold in the US. According to Barra, almost all of the sedans are built at the factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

The Detroit-based company has recently announced plans to lay off 2,000 employees at two US auto plants due to weak demand for small cars. GM is among automakers that prefer to have smaller cars manufactured in Mexico to take advantage of lower labor costs and have higher-paid American workers build more profitable trucks.

According to Barra, it is “too early to speculate” about the potential impact of any future border tax or tariff. She said the company’s strategy has much more in common with Trump’s goals for trade and jobs than differences.

“I very much look forward to being part of the solution that allows the country to be strengthened along with business, along with our manufacturing capability,” she said.

Barra is one of a group of CEOs advising Trump on economic issues. She declined to say whether has discussed the matter with him directly. People familiar with the case told the Wall Street Journal she has called Trump after his critical tweet and had a “cordial” conversation with him.

The US president-elect has repeatedly criticized local companies such as Ford and Toyota for moving jobs across the border. Trump threatened them with heavy border taxes. Last week, Ford canceled plans to build a small car factory in Mexico and announced 700 new jobs in Michigan. The company said the decision was not the result of Trump’s pressure.

Automaker Fiat-Chrysler said it would spend $1 billion in part to renovate a plant in Michigan to make some versions of its Ram pickup truck, which is currently assembled in Mexico.

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Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to resign from board after Verizon deal closes www.reuters.com

Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) said Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer would step down from the board after the closing of its deal with Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N).

Five other directors would also resign after the deal closes, Yahoo said in an filing on Monday. (bit.ly/2iXrbwn)

The company also named Eric Brandt chairman of the board, effective Jan. 9.

Verizon's $4.83 billion deal for Yahoo's core internet assets came under renewed scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers last month after Yahoo disclosed the largest known data breach in history.

Mayer said in July that she planned to stay at Yahoo through the transaction's close.

Yahoo said the remaining company would be renamed Altaba Inc after the deal closes.

(This version of the story corrects to "Mayer" from "Mayers" in headline)

(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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Alibaba tells Trump about U.S. store plan for China e-shoppers www.reuters.com

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma met U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday and laid out the Chinese e-commerce company's new plan to bring a million small U.S. businesses onto its platform to sell to Chinese consumers over the next five year, an Alibaba spokesman said.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) expects the initiative to create a million U.S. jobs as each company adds a position, company spokesman Bob Christie said in a phone call.

Trump and Ma emerged from their meeting at Trump Tower in New York together. The president-elect told reporters they had a "great meeting" and would do great things together. Ma called Trump "smart" and "open-minded." He said the two mainly discussed supporting small businesses, especially in the Midwest.

Ma said that businesses such as farmers and small clothing makers could tap the Chinese market directly through Alibaba.

He called the meeting with Trump "very productive."

"We mainly talked about small business and young people and American agriculture products to china. And we also think, that the China and U.S. relationship should be strengthened, should be more friendly," he said.

(Reporting by Peter Henderson, David Alexander, Doina Chiacu and Laila Kearney; Editing by Richard Chang)

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National Security Council of Mongolia to discuss UB pollution www.news.mn

The National Security Council of Mongolia is to hold an emergency meeting under the theme of ‘fighting against environment and air pollution of Ulaanbaatar’ on 10th of January. The council will discuss air and soil pollution in the Mongolian capital in a session behind closed doors.

In the last few years, smog and coal dust have increasingly blotted out the sky in Ulaanbaatar. This year has been particularly bad, as the man made pollution has combined with the coldest temperatures for a decade. The city's ubiquitous ‘ger districts' and the exhaust fumes from the growing number of motor vehicles on city’s roads are viewed as the chief culprits, as they also are in Beijing and New Delhi.

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Mars to buy pet health care provider VCA for $7.7 billion www.reuters.com

Candy and pet food maker Mars Inc said it would buy VCA Inc (WOOF.O), which runs hospitals for animals, for $7.7 billion.

Mars, the maker of Whiskas and Pedigree pet products, will pay $93 per share, a premium of 31.4 percent to VCA's Friday closing price.

The enterprise value of the deal is $9.1 billion including $1.4 billion in debt, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

VCA will operate as a separate business unit within Mars Petcare, the biggest pet food maker in the world.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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Japan's Takeda to buy U.S. cancer drug maker Ariad in $5.2 billion deal www.reuters.com

Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (4502.T) said on Monday it would buy cancer drug maker Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc (ARIA.O) in a deal valued at $5.20 billion, to beef up its oncology pipeline.

Ariad stock was up 74.7 percent at $23.98 in premarket trading.

Takeda has agreed to pay $24 in cash for each Ariad share, a premium of about 75 percent to its Friday close.

Ariad's leukemia drug, Iclusig, which is expected to generate sales of $170 million-$180 million in 2016, came under fire in October for "staggering" price increases.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision on its lung cancer treatment brigatinib, which is being touted as a potential blockbuster, is expected by April 29.

Cancer treatment is a target for many large drugmakers, with high prices being paid for promising assets, such as Medivation, which was bought by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) for $14 billion.

Takeda's negotiations to acquire Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc's (VRX.TO) Salix stomach-drug business have stalled over price disagreements, Reuters reported in November, citing people familiar with the matter. reut.rs/2jkIbd9

The Ariad deal, which Takeda plans to fund by taking on $4 billion in new debt as well as existing cash, is expected to close by the end of February.

Ariad had long-term debt of about $522 million as of Sept. 30, according to a regulatory filing.

ALSO IN DEALS

The equity value of the deal, which is expected to add to Takeda earnings in 2018, is $4.66 billion, according to Reuters calculations.

(Reporting by Natalie Grover and Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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FBI arrests Volkswagen executive on fraud charges: NYT www.reuters.com

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Oliver Schmidt, who headed the company's regulatory compliance office in the U.S. from 2014 to March 2015, was arrested on Saturday by federal investigators in Florida, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter. nyti.ms/2iTA73S

VW admitted in September 2015 to installing secret software known as "defeat devices" in 475,000 U.S. 2.0-liter diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner in testing. In reality, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times the legally allowable pollution levels.

Volkswagen declined to comment on the reported arrest.

"Volkswagen continues to cooperate with the Department of Justice as we work to resolve remaining matters in the United States. It would not be appropriate to comment on any ongoing investigations or to discuss personnel matters," it said.

The FBI was not immediately available for comment.

Schmidt is expected to be brought before court in Detroit on Monday, the NYT said.

Senior VW officials are not attending this year's Detroit auto show, which is taking place this week.

The news comes as Volkswagen was nearing a deal to resolve criminal and civil allegations over its diesel cheating, crucial steps toward moving past the scandal, which has cost it billions of dollars and its reputation.

(Reporting by Gaurika Juneja in Bengaluru and Edward Taylor in Frankfurt; Editing by Sunil Nair and Louise Heavens)

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Putin orders lending rate slashed for Russian regions www.rt.com

President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Central Bank of Russia to look at cutting the lending rate for the country’s regions.

"To recommend the Central Bank of Russia reassess the interest rates on loans provided to the subjects of the Russian Federation by lenders, and to take measures to cut them," said a statement on the Kremlin’s website.

Putin has given bankers two months until March 1 to cut the key rates. Russian Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina, who was named as the best European central bank governor in 2016, has been given the task of seeing it through.

At the moment, Russia’s key annual rate is 10 percent, much lower than the 17 percent during the peak of the economic crisis, but much higher than in Western countries.

The Central Bank intends to cut inflation to four percent this year, and if “a sustainable decline in consumer price growth takes root, the Bank of Russia will consider cutting the key rate in the first half of 2017,” the lender said in December.

Also, the president instructed the Government to develop “a new mechanism for providing financial assistance to regional budgets on a gratuitous basis." This measure is intended to finance the debt of regions without boosting their public debt. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was assigned the responsibility of putting the president’s order into practice.

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