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Edition February 6, 2018 - Crédit Agricole S.A.
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  • Edition February 6, 2018

    Emerging Countries – Monthly News Digest

    Highlights: There's a misunderstanding about narrowing the living standards gap in Hungary. In Russia, beware the slowdown. Economic performance was only average in the Middle East and North Africa in 2017, but there are hopes of a recovery in 2018. Sub-Saharan Africa: will 2018 be a better vintage for the region than 2017? No repeat performance in China. In Argentina, if you can't cut inflation, raise the target …

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  • Content:

    - Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia
    - North Africa, Middle East
    - Sub-Saharan Africa
    - Asia
    - Latin America
    - Trends to watch

  • Extract – MENA

    The regional overview as it is shaping up for 2017 reveals a deceleration in GDP, especially in the oil-producing countries hit by the fairly low oil prices in the first half and, for some countries, by pro-cyclical fiscal policies or geopolitical risks. Average growth should come out at 1.6%, sharply down on 2015 and 2016. Half of the region's countries will see lower growth in 2017 than in 2016.

    In the majority of countries current balances are in deficit. But the region is contrasted, with four countries deteriorating and four improving. The deficits narrowed only slightly between 2015 and 2017 and on average are above 4% of GDP. Of the 17 countries, twelve still have current account deficits in 2017, including four oil-producing countries. And while five countries are already operating under IMF plans, the external constraint will remain strong over the coming quarters.

  • China: Contributions to growth

    Industrial production rose 6% in the year to December, slightly down on the previous month's figure of 6.1%. GDP growth came out at 6.8% in Q4 2017, the same level as in Q3, for a total 6.9% over last year as a whole.

    China: Contributions to growth
  • Associative topics : Africa and Middle East | Asia and Oceania | CEE and Central Asia | Economics | Latin America


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