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Demographics: Time Bomb Or Dividend?

Governments across the Middle East and North Africa will face a massive demographic challenge as a large, rapidly growing young population enter the workforce over the coming decade and beyond. Failure to invest in labour-intensive infrastructure...

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2017 A Landmark Year For Fiscal Reform In Emerging Markets

Substantial fiscal consolidation will take place in many emerging markets in 2017, boding well for reform momentum and macroeconomic stability. In particular, commodity exporters such as Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia will see a marked narrowing of...

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Economic Resilience Beginning To Fade

Turkey's economy shrank in Q316 for the first time since 2009, as heightened political and economic uncertainty weighed on investment. The government will attempt to counter slowing growth through increased spending, although this will lead to a...

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O2 UK Next For Telefónica's Debt Reduction

The main aim of Telefónica selling a stake of Telxius is to reduce its debt, the highest amongst the five major European operators. Even if the fee received is small, it will increase confidence in the operator's plan to gain a healthier financial...

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Social Unrest No Threat To Construction Outlook

Ethiopia will maintain its status as regional construction growth outperformer in SSA owing to the substantial opportunities presented by the market. An escalation in social unrest presents a downside risk as foreign firms are targeted,...

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Strong Competition For Lucrative Smart Home Market

Alongside telecoms operators and online players, retailers will provide the third area of competition in the smart home market. All stakeholders prioritise having the direct relationship with end-users, to create more recurrent revenue streams, and...

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CRISPR Patent Fight Just Beginning

The patent fight between two different sets of CRISPR/Cas9 licensees will be drawn out, but will likely end in a cross-licensing agreement. 2017 will be a big year for the CRISPR technology as it enters clinical trials, with Editas Medicine aiming...

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Long-Term LNG Outlook Positive, Despite Higher Taxes

Higher taxes on LNG at the state level will negatively impact LNG imports in the short term, though we expect implementation of anti-pollution policies and robust import capacity additions to drive appetite for LNG in the longer term.

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