Category: Business Intelligence

Corporate/Business Intelligence to help companies make strategic decisions.

One Belt, One Road: an economic roadmap

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OBOR IN AFRICA SGR: a window on Africa opportunities and risks One of the highest-pro le infrastructure projects in East Africa is Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). At an estimated total cost of KSh1.2trn (US$14bn), the SGR constitutes the largest…

Saudi Arabia, partners turn down Chinese requests for extra oil

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* Kuwait, UAE also deny requests for more cargoes * Middle East crude flows to China down over 10 pct since January * Reductions come despite record Saudi exports, Chinese demand * Crude needed to meet rising Mideast refining demand By Chen…

World risk: Operational financial risk ratings review

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 26 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only five cases, but…

Get Smart: Chinese Spy Edition

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Posted by Clif Burns at 4:51 pm on September 24, 2014  Category: Arms Export • Criminal Penalties • DDTC • Technical Data Export Meet Charlie and Alice, two self-professed PRC spies who branched out from smuggling crystal meth into the United States to attempting to export airplanes and military…

China’s urban dreams, and the regional reality (PDF)

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EIU: The scale of urbanisation in China has been dizzying. Hundreds of millions of people have moved over the past three decades, leaving the countryside for higher wages in the city. This trend will continue in the next 20 years,…

World risk: Economic/Political Operational risk ratings review

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RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 18 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only nine cases, but there were four downgrades. In…

Iran gas: South Pars progress remains a problem

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Iran’s natural gas production has had a lower profile since the introduction in 2012 of US and EU sanctions targeting the country’s oil exports. Iran is estimated to have one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, with nearly half…

Chinese investment in central and eastern Europe

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EIU: Chinese investment in the new member states of the EU is still on a very small scale, but looks set to rise, with both Chinese and central-east European governments keen that it should do so. The motivation is clear-cut: securing…