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World - Macroeconomic Scenario for 2016-2017: A Brexit-inflected scenario

  • Edition July 13, 2016

    In the 23 June referendum, a majority of the UK electorate voted in favour of leaving the European Union. Close to 52% of voters opted for a Brexit in a very clear-cut result, especially as the participation rate was a high 72.2%. Apart from the UK, obviously, the economic damage to the rest of the world, at this stage, seems relatively absorbable. Persistent financial uncertainty and volatility are not, however, conducive to investment, which is a source of lasting growth. Conversely, the political fallout is enormous and multifarious. The vote shows us the sad spectacle of where political opportunism and recklessness can lead. It also teaches us that ‘it isn't conceivable because it would be catastrophic' is not a strong political argument.

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Emerging Countries – Monthly News Digest

  • Edition June 7, 2016

    Highlights: Kazakhstan is in recession for the first time since 2009. Hungary's sovereign rating is at long last back at investment grade. In Algeria, the depletion of the Revenue Regulation Fund has triggered a rise in public debt. Mozambique looks increasingly likely to default on its sovereign debt. April in China: keep your eye on the ball… The Termer government has political difficulties in Brazil.

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Brazilian industry: technological challenges and sustainable growth

  • Edition April 2011
    Brazil's economy returned to strong growth in 2010. How sustainable the growth in Brazilian industry? Government policy will play an even greater role in stimulating and directing investment in mining (including petroleum) and manufacturing than it plays in agriculture (see Eclairages Industriels, March 2011). Brazil is betting on technology to confirm its position as an industrial power.

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The Brazilian agri-food industry: contradictions, promises and opportunities

  • Edition March 2011
    Agriculture is a major strength of Brazil's booming economy. While vast land reserves and diverse ecosystems are key assets, Brazil's success is also nurtured by extensive public policies, combined with a distinctive form of economic liberalism. Sustainable development remains a challenge.

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Back to the Future

  • Edition July-August 2010
    While the economic crisis undergoes its multiple transformations, two recent announcements-the creation of a "synthetic cell" and a new family of components that opens the way for quantum computers-come as reminders that technology is continuing to progress. Information technology has been the innovation fueling economic growth for the past 50 years. Will nanotechnology be the engine for the next cycle? Nanotechnology is extraordinarily promising, but also raises issues of societal choice that call for citizen participation.

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ChinAfrica

  • Edition March/April 2010
    Chinese firms demonstrate a broad range of competitive strengths and are successfully tackling international competition in Africa. Still, on the whole they have not moved beyond a dialectic based on resources-for-manufactures, leaving the outcomes in terms of local development -industrialization and employment- highly uncertain.

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The crisis-an accelerator of industrial change

  • Edition November 2009
    The current economic crisis appears to have triggered many of today's industrial restructuring projects; it merely precipitated and amplified changes that were already inevitable. Developments across a range of industries, from media to automobiles, show an evolutionary process analogous to those described by Charles Darwin, as we celebrate the bicentennial of his birth.

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