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Economic Analysis - Growth To Accelerate Further - AUG 2015

Australasia & South Pacific July 2015 / Tonga / Economy

Tonga's economy will be driven by efforts to grow the tourism industry and donor-financed post-cyclone reconstruction over the coming years. Accommodative monetary policy by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga will also be supportive of economic growth, and we forecast real GDP growth to accelerate to 2.8% in FY2015/16 (July-June) from 2.1% in FY2013/14.

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Risk Summary - Hong Kong - APR 2015

China & North East Asia March 2015 / Hong Kong / Political Risk

Hong Kong aims to attract more talent by easing its immigration policies and introducing new employment rules, according to director of the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Eric Chan Kwok-ki. A total of 31,676 applications have been approved by the Immigration Department under the General Employment Policy, while 9,313 expert certifications have been awarded to Chinese citizens under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals in 2014. The immigration committee has also issued 10,375 work visas for foreign graduates who have secured degrees in Hong Kong under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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