Growth Briefs/ International
IMF leader Lagarde warns against trade protectionism
The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said last Wednesday that after six years of disappointing growth, the world economy was finally gaining momentum. But she warned of potential threats, from political uncertainty in Europe to protectionism that could hinder trade.
Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, said that there is a critical need for more international cooperation. Restricting trade flows would be a "self-inflicted wound" that would harm workers and consumers, she said in a speech previewing this week's meetings in Washington of the 189-nation IMF and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank.
World's Leading Artificial Intelligence Exhibition to be launched
Japan's first trade show, AI EXPO - Artificial Intelligence Exhibition & Conference will be launched from June 28 to 30 at Tokyo Big Sight.
The show is Japan's first trade show gathering research, applications, equipment and services related to AI. The AI market has been flourishing and the expo is expected to draw attention around the world and become one of the world's leading AI trade shows.