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Riskmap 2017: A Year of Acute Uncertainty for Business

The high levels of complexity and uncertainty attached to the key political and security issues for the year, highlighted by RiskMap, mean that boards will need to undertake comprehensive reviews of their approaches to risk management

Challenge to globalisation and free trade highlighted by US election and Brexit referendum ushers in a year of heightened strategic uncertainty for business The distinction for businesses between domestic markets perceived as safe and foreign markets perceived as challenging has become marginal as risks increasingly come home through political, cyber…

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RiskMap 2017. West Africa: No smooth sailing in the “New normal”

Macro-economic instability fuelled by low oil prices and global economic sentiment will continue to be the main driver of business risks across West Africa in 2017

African nations vying to emerge as the commercial gateway for foreign direct investment, offer opportunities but also unknown threats for business Macroeconomic factors: low oil price and global economic sentiment will be the primary driver of instability across the continent. Internal political uncertainty across a number of key nations will…

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RiskMap 2017. Southern Africa: Management of Political Change Will Dictate the Level of Uncertainty for Businesses

Macro-economic instability fuelled by low oil prices and global economic sentiment will continue to be the main driver of business risks across Southern Africa in 2017

Internal political uncertainty across a number of key nations will pose a much greater risk to businesses on the continent than the effect of international geopolitics African nations vying to emerge as the commercial gateway for foreign direct investment, offer opportunities but also unknown threats for business Macroeconomic factors: low…

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RiskMap 2017. East Africa: Political flux threatens stability of business environment

Macro-economic instability fuelled by low oil prices and global economic sentiment will continue to be the main driver of business risks across East Africa in 2017

Internal political uncertainty across a number of key nations will pose a much greater risk to businesses on the continent than the effect of international geopolitics African nations vying to emerge as the commercial gateway for foreign direct investment, offer opportunities but also unknown threats for business Macroeconomic factors: low…

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A Lack of Relevant Skills and Talent Slows Down the Implementation of Resilience Programmes

Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, today published its survey “The State of Enterprise Resilience”

Over one third of respondents of Control Risks’ Business Resilience Survey 2016/2017 (www.ControlRisks.com) felt that their organisations lacked the relevant skills or talent to drive corporate resilience; this is an increase of 17% on 2015. This is in spite of the fact that 27% of respondents have actively recruited dedicated…

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Brexit impact on Africa

African markets will suffer from market volatility. Long-term implications subject to global agenda

The short-term implications of Brexit for African economies will be mainly noticeable through market volatility. However, according to Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) and NKC African Economics, the longer-term impacts on Africa from Brexit are speculative and depend as much on the attitude of future British governments as on the terms of…

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Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

Cyber breaches are not confined to developed markets

In East Africa, governments are the top target sector for cyber attacks (33%). Telecommunications (22%) and financial services (17%) follow in close succession. Contrary to the perception that cyber breaches are a problem unique to the large multinational companies based in developed markets, East African organisations are fast becoming a…

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African deal making reaches turning point – major obstacles remain

290 deals recorded in 2015 – the highest volume since 2007

After several years of steadily increasing M&A activity, African deal making has made the final step to firmly entrench itself into the global marketplace. Despite political turmoil in many countries, a prolonged downturn in the commodities cycle and related currency risk, Africa’s top economies have maintained investor interest with strong…

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RiskMap 2016: West African nations striving to escape the commodities downturn in an era of increasingly transnational security threats & issues

African governments will need to be resilient to withstand the electoral, constitutional and financial pressures that will test governments across the region in 2016. This is one of the key messages of RiskMap 2016, published today by global business risk consultancy Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com). RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying…

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RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016

People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited in 2016. A combination of elections, constitutional pressures and financial difficulties will test governments across the region, including in Chad, Uganda, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola and South Africa. Incumbents…