Category: Business Intelligence

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How to Hide a Russian Fortune on the French Riviera

WRITTEN BY SOPHIE BALAY In response to Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the European Union banned more than 100 Russian officials and businessmen from entering its territory and froze their European assets. The move was meant to punish well-connected Russians…

One Belt, One Road: an economic roadmap

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

* 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…

Russia to cut EU gas transit via Ukraine

Russia has said it will stop EU gas transit via Ukraine and do it via Turkey instead in the second shock announcement on energy in as many months.

World risk: Operational financial risk ratings review

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

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)

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

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

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…