Under the new rules, the ministry cedes its previous control over the number of investment projects. Only overseas investment projects in sensitive countries or regions, as well as in sensitive industries will require approval by the MOC. Such sensitive countries or regions include go here now countries that have not established diplomatic ties with China and those countries under the United Nations sanctions. Other overseas investment projects only need to register with the MOC, according to the new measures posted on their website Saturday. Aimed at allowing more freedom for outbound investment, the measures take effect on Oct 6 this year. Previously, any overseas investment project worth more than $100 million was required to be approved by the MOC. Overseas investment in energy and mining, or projects between 10 million and $100 million, must also be approved by provincial commerce departments. Overseas investment by industries under China's export restriction policies or those projects affecting more than one foreign country's interests are subject to the MOC's approval review. Apart from the MOC, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planner, has the power to approve or veto an http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/markets-china-bonds-idUSL3N0R61RS20140905 overseas investment project. According to the new measures unveiled by the NDRC in April, Chinese companies planning to invest less than $1 billion overseas will only need to register with authorities rather than get approvals from the NDRC. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2014-09/07/content_18560642.htm

A seminar on 'Business intelligence and investment themes for the next year' is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It will be preceded by BCICAI's annual general meeting, which is for members only. Registration will open at 5.15pm and the meeting is expected to start by 6pm. The seminar will feature two presentations, the first by QlikView on 'Benefits of business intelligence in business reporting', followed by 'The Long View: Investment themes for the next year' by Nexus Group. Non-members wishing to attend the seminar have to pay BD15 per person and are advised to reach the venue by 6.45pm. BCICAI's new committee took charge in August under the chairmanship of Meenakshi Sundaram and includes Kapil Batra as vice-chairman, Vivek Kapoor as secretary, Yugandhar K as treasurer, Uday Shanbhag as joint secretary and Mahesh Kumar as joint treasurer. Khushboo Waghnani, Amit Shah, Amit Shenoy, Clifford D'Souza and Santhosh TV are members of the committee. http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=385359

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Overseas owners may sell the land. Foreign ownership of land became a hot political issue when China's Shanghai Pengxin Group bought 8000ha comprising the former North Island Crafar Farms. Anxiety about Chinese farmland purchases heightened when Pengxin, through its 74 per cent holding in SFL Holdings, purchased 4000ha of land encompassing 13 dairy farms from Canterbury's Synlait Farms. Don Nicolson -- former president of Federated Farmers, normally a staunch supporter of National Party policies -- while in office said New Zealand should only sell land to countries that allowed Kiwis to buy their land; New Zealanders can only lease land in China. http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11289681

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Respondents also expect programmatic to increase its share of their digital budgets over the coming year, with 83% believing video will be a significant growth area and 77% predicting rises in mobile activity. However, the survey revealed that brands are increasingly switching their programmatic budgets to independent trading desks at the expense of agency trading desks, Marketing Week reported . Their use of agency trading desks declined 15% over the year to 69% while the use of independent trading desks, or demand-side platforms, more than tripled from 8% last year to 29% in 2014. Just 2% have tried or tested an in-house solution. It also emerged that none of the respondents are "completely satisfied" with agency trading desks, half are concerned about the way data is captured and used, while 85% believe ad misplacement remains a concern. Meanwhile, 64% do not think it is acceptable for trading desks to engage in "arbitrage", the practice whereby ad impressions are sold on to the advertiser, sometimes leaving them suspicious about whether they have been bought at marked-up prices. http://www.warc.com/LatestNews/News/EmailNews.news?ID=33527&Origin=WARCNewsEmail&CID=N33527&PUB=Warc_News&utm_source=WarcNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WarcNews20140905