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US-China rivalry in Africa set to sharpen in 2019

China will continue to broaden its engagement across the continent, with particular focus on East Africa

Early signs suggest that the US-China rivalry will find its way to the African continent in 2019. While the US is multiplying warnings about the perils of Chinese debt-fuelled spending for economic stability, China will continue to broaden its engagement across the continent, with particular focus on East Africa. This…

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Riskmap 2017: A Year of Acute Uncertainty for Business

The high levels of complexity and uncertainty attached to the key political and security issues for the year, highlighted by RiskMap, mean that boards will need to undertake comprehensive reviews of their approaches to risk management

Challenge to globalisation and free trade highlighted by US election and Brexit referendum ushers in a year of heightened strategic uncertainty for business The distinction for businesses between domestic markets perceived as safe and foreign markets perceived as challenging has become marginal as risks increasingly come home through political, cyber…

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Brexit impact on Africa

African markets will suffer from market volatility. Long-term implications subject to global agenda

The short-term implications of Brexit for African economies will be mainly noticeable through market volatility. However, according to Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) and NKC African Economics, the longer-term impacts on Africa from Brexit are speculative and depend as much on the attitude of future British governments as on the terms of…

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African deal making reaches turning point – major obstacles remain

290 deals recorded in 2015 – the highest volume since 2007

After several years of steadily increasing M&A activity, African deal making has made the final step to firmly entrench itself into the global marketplace. Despite political turmoil in many countries, a prolonged downturn in the commodities cycle and related currency risk, Africa’s top economies have maintained investor interest with strong…

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South African businesses willing to cut losses when corruption risks are too high

Corruption risk deters investors. 55% of South African companies surveyed state that they avoid certain countries if the corruption risk is perceived to be too high. This is one of the key findings of the annual survey “International attitudes to corruption” published by Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy.…

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Corruption remains a major cost for honest companies

34% of African businesses reported losing out on deals to corrupt competitors

Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, today publishes its annual survey of business attitudes to corruption, comprising interviews with 824 companies worldwide.        Corruption is still a major cost to international business. 34%* of respondents from Africa reported losing out on deals to corrupt competitors. Corruption risks continue to…

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Corruption is high on the corporate agenda in Nigeria, however rigorous implementation and enforcement are lacking

84% of companies with Nigerian headquarters responding to Control Risks’ annual survey “International Attitudes To Corruption” have formal policies in place that explicitly forbid bribes, almost closing the gap on the global average of 87%. This is one of a number of positive developments highlighted in the report, published today…