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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Assassination To Raise Regional Tensions In Spring 2017

The assassination of Kim Jong Nam is likely to raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula in the spring of 2017, as the North comes under greater international pressure. However, the assassination also offers an opportunity for limited co-operation...

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PHEVs Leading The Electric Vehicle Market

In Europe, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) have shown far stronger growth than battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2016, which we attribute to generous incentive treatment of PHEVs in relation to BEVs. We believe this PHEV outperformance will...

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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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