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Economics Middle East/North Africa

Interview, part I of II: Kurdistan presents investment opportunity

This is the first of a two-part interview with Brady Jewett, Kurdistan Region Project Editor at Invest in Group, a publishing and research consultancy in partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government to

Politics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria tackles its pension problems

Nigeria’s recent pension reform seeks to make significant changes to the current system and signals Nigeria may be a good investment going forward. On April 8, 2014 the Nigerian Senate

North America Politics

Separatist defeat in Quebec elections calms investors

The stunning defeat of the Parti Quebecois at the hands of the Liberal Party effectively kills the French-Canadian quest for autonomy – at least until the next election. When premier Pauline

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria becomes Africa’s largest economy after GDP revision

Nigeria has begun using a new base year for its GDP calculations and has added new sectors to the economy. The change in calculation has nearly doubled its GDP estimate for

Economics Europe

Hungary’s ‘Orbanomics’ mean instability for foreign firms

Foreign investors and businesses will remain under pressure for another four years as Hungary’s right-wing party, Fidesz, secures a legislative supermajority for a second-term. In the past term (2010-2014), Hungarian

Politics South and Central Asia

BJP raises doubts over future of big business in India

Ahead of elections in India, a recent position paper by the BJP has provoked worry and consternation by those seeking to do business in this major economy. With the political party likely

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Is Somaliland a model for regional development?

Somaliland is a thriving and relatively stable part of a region plagued by crime and political violence and offers many investment opportunities. Could the breakaway region become a blueprint for

Natural resources and energy North America

What US oil boom can learn from Australia and Canada

America’s new oil boom is reshaping the global energy dynamic, and the U.S would be wise to heed lessons from Canada and Australia. You will hear it out of many

Economics International

At 50 years UNCTAD struggles to stay relevant

UNCTAD has been essential to setting the economic agenda of developing countries for much of the past half century. Yet, in the face of globalization and difficulties in consensus-building, it

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Part IV of IV: Nigeria’s failed attempt at subsidy reform

This final part in the GRI Series on energy subsidies examines Nigeria’s attempt at reform, and why it went wrong. Gradual adjustment and decision transparency are key elements of success.