When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept elections in November, financial markets were focused neither on prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, nor on president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. All eyes were on new deputy prime minister Mehmet Şimşek, the former Finance minister, who may be the only reformer within the largely statist AKP.
Short-term risks have not dimmed the country’s economic prospects. That may explain why FDI from Asia and Gulf nations is surging.
Mergers & Acquisitions | Slowing growth and severe stock market falls have raised fears that China is nearing some sort of crossroads. Some economists believe that, owing to tight central controls, Chinese corporations won’t hit their expected growth targets.
CEE Regional Report
The unorthodox policies of prime minister Viktor Orbán may be controversial, but they’ve helped kick-start the country’s economy. Most of the other CEE nations are also mounting turnarounds..
SECTOR REPORT: AGRIBUSINESS
As the world’s population expands and diets improve in some of the most populous countries, agri-businesses must grow at a strong clip to keep up with demand.
Financial markets may initially have reacted well to the reelection of the AKP and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but his success belies deep-seated political and economic problems.
Slovakia has known rapid and unexpected changes in its political fortune in its 20 years as an independent country.
Inter-Asian trade will lead the agenda items at this year’s annual Asian Development Bank meeting, to be held May 2-5, 2014, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Getting rid of the “stan” on the end of his country’s name is just one of the many ambitions Kazakhstan’s leader has for his increasingly prosperous country.
MILESTONES By Justin Keay Not long ago, it would have been almost impossible to get the leaders of the various Western Balkan countries [Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania] together in the same city—let alone the ...
MILESTONES By Justin Keay First Jordan was hit by the global economic crisis, which slowed annual growth rates from around 8% to 3% and reduced foreign direct investment to a trickle. Now Syria’s bloody civil war is threatening to overwhelm ...
Demo site: Protestors in Istanbul's Taksim Square last summer ( Photo: Fleshstorm ) Turkey, the onetime sick man of Europe, is ailing again. And the setback has come on with remarkable speed. Just a year ago, the governing Justice and ...
NEWSMAKERS By Justin Keay There were few raised eyebrows when Poland’s premier Donald Tusk replaced his longtime Finance minister Jacek Rostowski with 38-year-old Mateusz Szczurek in a major cabinet reshuffle on November 20. Disagreements between Tusk and Rostowski ...
COUNTRY REPORT By Justin Keay As investors query what will happen in Russia’s economy over the near term, the long-term outlook is improving as the business environment is liberalized. Russia will be at the center of world ...
Batista: An SOS at OSX (Photo: Juliana Coutinho) When they fall, they fall hard. The past few months have brought only bad news to embattled former billionaire Eike Batista—known simply to most Brazilians as Eike—and his once-formidable EBX Group conglomerate. ...
COUNTRY REPORT Despite the change of leadership Qatar has undergone, the new emir is expected to follow his father’s lead, building on the country’s early economic gains by diversifying beyond oil and gas.
On October 29, a little piece of history was made when the UK finally announced it would become the first Western country to issue a sovereign sukuk, or Islamic bond.
While Central Europe appears to be recovering from the effects of the global economic downturn, Southeastern Europe is in for a rougher ride.
MILESTONES By Justin Keay It’s only four years since the global economic slowdown plunged Dubai into a major debt crisis and near-default, but the country is acting as if none of this happened. To say the old confidence is back ...
WHEN WILL A NEW SUN RISE? By Justin Keay The Levant region is plagued with political instability and unrest. But there are pockets of economic strength and inklings of long-term development. According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word Levant ...