Emerging Markets

  • China and India strengthen their strategic relationship

    The strategic relationship between China and India is carrying more weight

    The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India this week, so early in the term of India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, underlines the growing strategic weight of the relationship between the two countries. Modi’s prime ministership, with its ambition to re-invigorate India’s stalled economic reform and growth, more than any other single factor, promises to accelerate its potential growth radically.

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  • Latin America and Asia's Biggest Powers' Interest

    Asia's biggest powers being lured to Latin America

    Considered for most of the twentieth century as the United States’ backyard, Latin America is today a place where other major powers seek to exercise a growing influence and find a steady supply of energy and natural resources as well as markets and investment outlets.

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  • The Economic Impact Of The World Cup

    The Economic Impact Of The World Cup

    What’s the World Cup worth? For some, it is a cash cow and a commercial bonanza; to others, a waste of money. Is hosting the tournament worth it?

    Ever wondered what the World Cup is worth? When Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga designed the current trophy in 1971, it was worth US$50,000. Now the trophy is estimated to be worth US$10m. The World Cup is, however, worth much more than two human figures cast in 18 carat gold.

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  • New, More Transparent, Contracts To End Africa’s ‘Resource Curse’?

    New, More Transparent, Contracts To End Africa’s ‘Resource Curse’?

    Contrary to logic, resource-rich countries in Africa have tend to experience less economic growth in the long run than those deprived of natural riches. To reverse this trend, NGOs have been campaigning for greater transparency and accountability in the management of revenues from oil, gas and mining.

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  • How Did Brazil’s Economy Go From Promising To Precarious?

    How Did Brazil’s Economy Go From Promising To Precarious?

    This year’s FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics seem to be a coronation of Brazil’s undeniable and startling success. But with the Brazilian presidential elections looming later this year, a surge in street protests and growing economic unrest, will Latin America’s largest nation cope under the international spotlight?

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  • Can Chinese ‘Soft Power’ Win Hearts & Minds In Africa?

    Can Chinese ‘Soft Power’ Win Hearts & Minds In Africa?

    China’s links to Africa have grown from mere trade partnerships, to increased media and educational tie-ups. But unless Chinese media and web services can be counted on to provide information about Beijing’s ventures in Africa independently and accurately, viewership will suffer and the “soft power” offensive will falter.

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  • Will New Risks End Nigeria’s Economic Dream?

    Will New Risks End Nigeria’s Economic Dream?

    Only a year ago, Nigeria’s economic dream – to be one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2020 – still seemed reachable. Today, domestic threats are increasing, while the international environment is far more challenging.

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  • NAFTA’s 20th Anniversary: Is North America Any Closer To Economic Integration?

    NAFTA’s 20th Anniversary: Is North America Any Closer To Economic Integration?

    Twenty years after its formation, the North American Free Trade Agreement remains a highly contentious issue, given the economic impact – both positive and negative – in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The debate over NAFTA can, however, obscure some fundamental realities about the future of North America and its three major countries.

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  • Why South Africa Is Cancelling Foreign Investment Deals

    Why South Africa Is Cancelling Foreign Investment Deals

    Over the past few months, South Africa’s government has cancelled foreign investment treaties with Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands. The reasoning behind this tells us much about modern patterns of trade and development. As the nation looks to move on from the loss of Nelson Mandela, these moves to regain control over foreign investment will prove valuable.

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  • Why South Africa Is Struggling To Match Sub-Saharan Africa's Growth

    Why South Africa Is Struggling To Match Sub-Saharan Africa's Growth

    While Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to see economic growth of 5 percent in 2013, and 6 percent in 2014, South Africa's growth expectations are far less robust at 2 percent and 2.95 percent respectively. Why is the continent’s largest economy lagging behind its neighbours?

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