Bangladesh has come a long way in the past decade, achieving record growth that has averaged between 6-8% in the past five years. This has made Bangladesh something of a darling amongst foreign investors comfortable with frontier markets. However, the competence of its unique government, which is effectively styled after one sole leader, Sheikh Hasina, is being tested by the COVID-19 crisis.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will have severe economic consequences for South Africa. We consider the impact on fiscal and social stability, and the wider political and policymaking environment.
Though China’s cyber laws may be the most well-known, governments across the Asia Pacific – such as those in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – are implementing new and evolving legislation and requirements on cyber security.
Asia was the first region to experience the Covid-19 virus, but the economic effects have varied widely across the region. Northeast Asia, Korea and Taiwan have emerged stronger than others, while structurally open economies like Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand are facing historic downturns.
Companies operating in Latin America will have to contend with an unprecedented wave of political risk triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, including civil unrest, policy uncertainty, and governments eager to re-write the rules of the game.