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Africa and Middle East

Saudi Arabia – The rentier model in an era of reform and regional crisis

  • Edition August 1, 2017

    The lasting drop in the oil price to around 50 dollars a barrel is undermining the deeply rentier Saudi economy, which derives 90% of its tax receipts. A huge long-term structural reform plan ("Vision 2030") is ongoing to wean the country off its rentier economy. It is extremely ambitious, especially in its social components, where the challenges are greatest. However, the political and geopolitical environment is a source of growing concern.

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Emerging Countries – Monthly News Digest

  • Edition July 19, 2017

    Highlights: In the Balkans, the Trieste meeting raised the question of the creation of a common market and/or political issues. The crisis in the Gulf States will have a negative, long-term impact on the image of the GCC. Two interesting figures were published in South Africa: inflation and the Q1 2017 current account deficit. Chinese shares on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges have been included in the composite MSCI Emerging Markets Index. In Brazil, Michel Temer is battling for his political survival.

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World – Macroeconomic Scenario for 2017-2018: Pleasant surprises of a slow-burn cycle

  • Edition July 3, 2017

    The slow-burn cycle is currently delivering some pleasant surprises. There are no signs on the horizon of the excesses typical of a premature and often sudden end to a cycle. In particular, we are desperately seeking inflation. As a result, a ‘harmonious' economic scenario where monetary support mechanisms will only gradually be withdrawn is developing – this is a reasonably optimistic scenario where financial conditions are not brutally tightening. It would be easy to draw up a dark economic scenario, where every latent risk raises its head, and predict the end of the world as we know it. But we will refrain from that and posit a reasonably optimistic scenario.

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World - Macroeconomic Scenario for 2017-2018: Economic and financial forecasts

Emerging Countries – Monthly News Digest

  • Edition June 7, 2017

    Highlights: What changes are forecast for Turkey's current account balance? Which Middle East and North Africa countries are over-indebted? Côte d'Ivoire experiences mutiny episode 2. Heading for a slowdown in China. Inflation picking up in Mexico.

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Emerging Countries – Monthly News Digest

  • Edition May 11, 2017

    Highlights: Poland's budget deficit was up in the first quarter. Turkey has switched political regime. Qatar's economy is benefitting from the virtues of a counter-cyclical policy. The plummeting price of cocoa is likely to have severely adverse consequences in Côte-d'Ivoire and Ghana. Chinese GDP growth picked up slightly in the first quarter, to 6.9% year-on-year. In Brazil, interest rates are falling and inflation is slowing (and contrariwise).

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Saudi Arabia – On track for reform

  • Edition May 3, 2017

    In the streets of Riyadh these days, large billboards show King Salman and the two crown princes praising the country's National Transformation Plan (NTP). The logo surrounding the national emblem conjures up fountains, oasis-coloured mosaics, and doubtless also, in the minds of the designers, a glowing future. The watchwords of the "Vision 2030" plan, promoted by the billboard campaign, are diversification, privatisation, investment, and productivity.

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