Bangladesh has come a long way in the past decade, achieving record growth that has averaged between 6-8% in the past five years. This has made Bangladesh something of a darling amongst foreign investors comfortable with frontier markets. However, the competence of its unique government, which is effectively styled after one sole leader – Sheikh Hasina (who will turn 73 this year) – is being tested by the COVID-19 crisis. Like many emerging economies in Asia, the country is reliant on just a few sectors, which has left it particularly vulnerable to COVID-19-related economic shocks, and this is beginning to result in some signs of social unrest due to mass layoffs of workers. Dane Chamorro is joined by Reema Bhattacharya, Control Risks Analyst for South Asia, to discuss the outlook for Bangladesh in the months and years ahead.
Daniel Fombonne, Senior Legal Counsel and Director of Global Compliance at Kinross Gold, chats with Charles Hecker, one of our Partners, about supply chain challenges created by Covid-19, solutions he has found to meet them and what he thinks recovery might look like.
If there has been a winner in South-East Asia in terms of foreign investment over the last five years, it is undoubtedly Vietnam. The country’s economy has grown quickly, driven in part by healthy levels of manufacturing investment. Even in terms of the COVID-19 crisis, Vietnam so far appears to have emerged strong and organised, especially compared with many of its regional peers. Dane Chamorro chats to Linh Nguyen, a leading consultant on Vietnam, about the benefits and risks for businesses operating in the country.
Vincent Rouget, our lead on West and Central Africa, and Clare Morton, an associate director in our business intelligence focused on Africa, discuss the effect that the uncertainty created by COVID-19 is having on investors and lenders in Africa, both in the short term and the longer term.
RiskMap Podcast: Planning for Natural Disasters; Africa Investment Risks & Rewards; Catalonia’s Independence Vote
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In this edition:
- Rebecca Scorzato, a Partner in the Crisis & Resilience Consulting practice in the Americas, talks about what companies can do prior to and in the aftermath of a natural disaster to ensure the safety of their assets and people, and to resume normal business operations. [Minute 1:47]
- The flipside of risk is opportunity. Paul Gabriel, lead author of the Africa Risk/Reward Index published by Control Risks and Oxford Economics, discusses highlights from the report and what investors eyeing the continent ought to consider. [Minute 9:27]
- Nick Panes, head of Control Risks' Global Risk Analysis practice for Europe & Africa, reflects on a recent business trip to Madrid and discusses Catalonia's independence referendum and its impact. [Minute 13:43]
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