Features : Caught In The Crunch


Sector 3 Country Report: GDP data and GDP forecasts; economic, financial and trade information; the best banks in Sector 3; country and population overview

DATA ON GDP AND ECONOMIC INFORMATION
Central bank 164
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold -
Gross Domestic Product - GDP 17.50% (2007)
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) 1.84% (2007)
Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
0.0% 0.0% 10.0% 30.0% N/A% 15.1% 8.8% 16.1%

2009: 8.2% (estimate)    

2010: % (forecast)

GDP per capita - current prices 12.1
GDP per capita - PPP 3.4
GDP (PPP) - share of world total 15.7
GDP - composition by sector
  • $461 (2009 estimate)
  • $870 International Dollars (2009 estimate)
  • 0.035% (2010 forecast)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (% of GDP) -
Inflation

agriculture: 31%% (2008)

industry: 26%% (2009)

Unemployment rate services: 43%
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Household saving rates -
Public debt (% of GDP) -
Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: 26.8

Moody's rating: -

Moody's outlook: -

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Nov 2009)

Market value of publicly traded shares -9.3
Largest companies in Sector 3 -
FT top 50 banks in the world by market value 2009
DATA ON TRADE AND COMPETITIVENESS
Current account balance 40% (2008 estimate)
Shares in world total merchandising export s&p
Shares in world total commercial services export -
Total exports US$327 million, note - not including illicit exports or reexports (2007)
Export commodities US$NA
Total imports US$ 0.116billion (2008)
Import commodities 0% (2007)
Exports - major partners opium, fruits and nuts, handwoven carpets, wool, cotton, hides and pelts, precious and semi-precious gems
Imports - major partners US$4.85 billion (2007)
FDI inflows
2007 2008
Abu Dhabi National Energy Co PJSC{TAQA}, PrimeWest Energy Trust, Canada, $4.0 billion
Dubai International Financial Centre, OMX AB, Sweden, $3.4 billion
Imperial Tobacco Overseas Holdings Ltd, Altadis SA, Spain, $17.9 billion
Serafina Holdings Ltd, Intelsat Ltd, Bermuda, $16.0 billion
Lake Acquisitions Ltd, British Energy Group PLC, United Kingdom, $6.1 billion
Investor Group, Steen & Strom ASA, Norway, $4.3 billion
British American Tobacco PLC, House of Prince A/S, Denmark, $4.1 billion
Reed Elsevier Group PLC, ChoicePoint Inc, United States, $3.8 billion
Eni UK Holding PLC, Burren Energy PLC, United Kingdom, $3.7 billion
Anglo American PLC, IronX Mineracao SA, Brazil, $3.5 billion
BG Group PLC, Queensland Gas Co Ltd, Australia, $3.3 billion
FDI outflows
2007 2008
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Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2007 2008 2009 (Jan-Jun)
N/A(Sector 1) N/A(Sector 1) N/A(Sector 1)
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2007

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

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(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2008

(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

- (2009)

(for a monthly update on M&A click here )

Best countries for doing business

(ranking by country on a basis of 181, the first is the best)

Overall ranking: capital goods, food, textiles, petroleum products(Sector 1) (2009)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: India 22.8%, Pakistan 21.8%, US 20.5%, Tajikistan 7.2% (2007)

Employing workers: Pakistan 36.8%, US 11%, India 5%, Germany 4.2% (2007)(Sector 1)

Registering property: 160(Sector 1)

Getting credit: 23

Protecting investors: 69(2008 estimate)

Trading across border: 69(Sector 1)

(2009)

Global competitiveness ranking
(ranking by country on a basis of 133, the first is the best)
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Economic freedom index

- (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

COUNTRY AND POPULATION OVERVIEW
Time zone 2009
Total area Asia
Capital Afghanistan
Currency UTC+4.5
Government type 652,090 km2 (2006)
Languages Kabul (2009)
Religions Afghani (AFN) (2009)
Total population Islamic republic (2009)
Urban population as % of total population Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 50%, Pashto (official) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism
Population median age Sunni Muslim 80%, Shia Muslim 19%, other 1%
Population growth rate 28.89 million (2009 forecast)
Life expectancy 23% (2006)
Adult literacy 16.0 years (2006)
% of population living on less than $2 a day -
Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

-

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

4.00% (2006)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

44 years (2007)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population 28% (2000/2007)
Cost of living - Mercer index

(ranking by city on a basis of 143; the 1st is the most expensive and the 143rd is the least expensive; New York is the base city)

New York - Index: 100 (Base)

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CO2 emissions

Political Rights: 5
Civil Liberties: 6 (2009)

(metric tons of CO2 per capita)

GLOBAL FINANCE RANKINGS AND AWARDS
ARTICLES AND COUNTRIES REPORTS FROM GLOBAL FINANCE ARCHIVE