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Economic Analysis - Three Risks To Recovery - OCT 2015

Australasia & South Pacific September 2015 / Solomon Islands / Economy

Solomon Islands' economy will recover in 2015 as a result of infrastructure project developments, increased tourism earnings, and easier financial conditions. While our core view is for a growth pickup over the coming years, risks of a significant Chinese economic slowdown, an unexpected natural disaster, and much higher global crude oil prices could result in a slower recovery.


Political Risk Analysis - Iran-Style Nuclear Concessions Unthinkable For Pyongyang - OCT 2015

China & North East Asia September 2015 / North Korea / Economy

North Korea will not give up its nuclear arsenal even if it is offered major economic rewards, as it considers its atomic arms as the ultimate guarantor of its existence. The best 'deal' the US and its allies can hope for is one limiting the size of Pyongyang's nuclear stockpile in return for recognition as a nuclear state and massive economic assistance.


Industry Forecast - Reforms To Support Banking Sector - JUNE 2015

South Asia May 2015 / Pakistan / Economy

An ongoing reduction in government borrowing, privatisation measures, and increased openness to Chinese investment are all positive factors supporting the Pakistani banking system.


Economic Analysis - Political Stability To Benefit Business Environment - MAY 2015

South East Asia Vol 1 April 2015 / Cambodia / Economy

The passing of new election-related laws on March 19 reflects the increased level of cooperation between the ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which bodes well for Cambodia's business environment, and should allow the country to capitalise on greater investment as ASEAN integration moves forward.


Industry Trend Analysis - Long-Term Woes Despite Short-Term Revival - AUG 2015

South East Asia Vol 2 July 2015 / Chad / Industry

A strong increase in oil production and exports over 2015 will help boost crucial export revenues over 2015-2017 after a decade of decline. This will not be maintained in the longer term, as the continued weak business and operating environments, compounded by lower oil prices, will dissuade larger and much-needed investment into the oil sector.