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Risk Summary - Nepal - APR 2015

Nepal's Supreme Court has recently denied the two panels, established in 2014 to investigate war crimes that had been committed during the country's civil war (1996-2006), from having the power to grant amnesty for cases involving serious human rights abuses. The ruling is a step in the right direction in bringing justice to victims of the war crimes. While this is a positive for domestic...

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Risk Summary - Pakistan - APR 2015

Saudi Arabia has extended its support for Pakistan's bid to pursue a free trade agreement (FTA) with the GCC, Arab News reported. Saudi Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq al-Rabiah assured...

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Risk Summary - Nepal - FEB 2015

Nepal will continue to be courted by China and India over the coming years, as the two Asian giants seek to expand their sphere of influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. We believe the struggle for dominance between Beijing and New Delhi will allow Nepal to reap economic gains, mainly in the form of investment, over the coming years. Indeed, China and India have increased their investmen...

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Risk Summary - Pakistan - DEC 2014

Tehran and Islamabad have summoned each others' envoys after reports of gunfights and incursions across the border. On Oct. 17, Pakistani officials claimed that 30 Iranian guards in six vehicles started shooting at a vehicle carrying members of the Pakistani Frontier Corps, two miles inside Pakistan's border. Iran and Pakistan have increasingly become more hostile toward each other due to...

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Political Risk Analysis - Government To Deal With Military To End Protests - OCT 2014

BMI View: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will withstand calls for his resignation by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri. However, the protests have weakened his authority, and an end to the demonstrations is likely to come as part of a deal with the powerful military elite to relinquish Sharif's control of foreign affairs, which will undermine...

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Business Environment Analysis - Positive Steps Despite No Drastic Liberalisation Plans - SEPT 2014

Political and bureaucratic hurdles will remain key obstacles to progress in India's business environment, preventing the newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party-led government from implementing any drastic shifts to liberalise the market in the first few years of its term. That said, we believe the government will continue to take small steps in the right direction, especially in attempt to dampen...

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Risk Summary - India - SEPT 2014

We note that growing tension between minority parties such as the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) within the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will likely slow down the...

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