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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Being on the winning side of the equation

Operational strategies for success in a tough Oil & Gas market – Key learnings from Malaysia By Scott Constance, Operations Consulting Leader, PwC's South East Asian Consulting services and Arvind Sabharwal, Manager, PwC's South East Asian Consulting services The Oil & Gas industry has long been a pillar of the...

Friday, 04 December 2015

PwC’s 2015 Global Operations Survey – Reimagining operations

By Mark Strom, Principal, Global and US Operations, Consulting Leader, PwC US PwC recently surveyed more than 1,200 COOs and operations executives on how they are changing the face of operations. Most don’t think of operations functions as mere utilities. Instead, they see new opportunities to become drivers of company...

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Adaptability – a key element of expanding into new markets …

By Juan Pujadas, Vice Chairman, Global Advisory Services, PwC In our changing world, maintaining competitive advantage is harder than ever before. Businesses are faced with complex challenges every day and new competitors continue to enter and reshape the market. It’s clear that the global economic landscape, amongst many other things,...

Monday, 26 October 2015

Will emerging markets lead the growth revival?

By David Wijeratne, PwC’s Growth Markets Centre Leader and Vinika Devasar Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute In the past year, emerging markets have as a whole, experienced volatile and unpredictable growth. Individually, these markets have had their own growth stories, some experiencing strong growth in the short-term, only...

Monday, 05 October 2015

Sri Lanka: The pearl of the Indian Ocean is turning over a new leaf

By Thulci Aluwihare, Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, PwC Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has followed free-market policies since 1977 and has evolved into a business-friendly environment favourable to investment and economic growth. Over the years, successive governments have continued to liberalise many areas of the economy to pave the way for...

Monday, 07 September 2015

How worried should we be about China and other growth markets?

By John Hawksworth, Chief Economist, PwC UK Recent dramatic events in Chinese stock markets have rippled across global markets and reignited fears of another downward leg to the global financial crisis. But how bad are things really and what does this mean for other growth markets? China has serious challenges...

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Philippines: Consumer growth ignites opportunities in logistics

By Raoul A. Villegas, Director – Deals and Corporate Finance, PwC Philippines The Philippine economy supports the second-largest population in ASEAN, at 100 million, which is growing by 1.8% per year. This is an economy which is primarily consumption-based, with consumer purchases accounting for about 72% of GDP by expenditure...

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hearts beat faster in Brazil

By Leandro Spadini, Partner, Advisory – Strategy and Ibrahim Özer, Supervisor, PwC Brazil On 20 January 2015, Brazil took a huge step forward in its ongoing efforts to improve its national healthcare system. The government passed new legislation to remove restrictions on direct and indirect participation of foreign capital in...

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

Ethiopia: From Famine to Feast

By Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PhD, Advisory Partner and Chief Economist, PwC Nigeria and Adetutu Adebiyi, PwC Advisory  A nation once characterised by land-locked isolation and poverty, Ethiopia has emerged as Africa’s 'newest Lion economy' and continues to accelerate in the global economy. With a population of 70.7 million...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Shared service centres in Central and Eastern Europe - Moving up the value curve

By Paul Stewart, Managing Partner, PwC Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Around the world, business leaders are grappling with a tough question: “What business model will lead us into the future?” Globalisation, technology and changing customer expectations are game-changing trends, so businesses are looking for new delivery models to gain...

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Thailand: Investment initiatives amidst a fragile outlook

By Kajornkiet Aroonpirodkul, Partner, PwC Thailand Despite a period of political instability, Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, still offers several advantages to those looking to invest here, from favourable financial policies to a variety of excellent geographical locations. The state of the economy It has been an eventful first half...

Friday, 22 May 2015

ASEAN, the next frontier

By Jason Hayes, Partner, PwC's Asia Pacific Japan Practice leader (ex-Japan) On 25 May, Jason Hayes was interviewed live on Channel News Asia for PwC's insights on Japan's reforms. Watch the video here: Channel News Asia: Japan's reform path. Japan’s economy has just experienced its fastest quarterly GDP increase in...

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Business in Nigeria Post Election

By Mary Iwelumo, Partner and Head, Strategy and Operations, PwC West Africa Finally, Nigeria’s presidential election is over! Free, fair and peaceful were some of the words the global community used to describe the elections which made history when the incumbent administration conceded defeat. However, a long road still lies...

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mexico’s Energy Reforms – On the road to transformation

By Francisco Ibañez, Lead Partner, Capital Projects and Infrastructure and Eduardo Reyes, Director, Infrastructure and Energy, PwC Mexico Mexico’s Energy Sector is undergoing a profound transformation. At the end of 2013 the Congress approved a constitutional amendment to open both the Power and the Oil & Gas (O&G) sectors to...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Morocco opens healthcare sector door to private investors

By Jonathan Le Henry, Senior Manager, Strategy, PwC Morocco “There is not a week happening without a deal”. This comment made by a senior banker in Casablanca reflects the recently flourishing dynamics of the private healthcare sector in Morocco. This new context in Morocco has been mainly driven by the...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Battle for African Banking Supremacy

By Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PhD | Partner, Africa Advisory-Strategy and Operations Consulting Leader, Nigeria Advisory-COO and Chief Economist ‘Across Africa banks are expanding, their returns aren’t’ Banking in Africa has undergone some dramatic changes over the past 20 years including a transition from government- owned banks in the 1980s...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

World in 2050: what does shifting global economic power mean for business?

By John Hawksworth, Chief Economist and Danny Chan, Senior Economist, Economics and Policy (E&P) team, PwC UK We have just produced the latest in our series of reports looking ahead to the World in 2050. This contains our latest long-term growth projections for 32 of the largest economies in the...

Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Vietnam, a steady star in the ASEAN region

By Nguyen Luong Hien, Associate Director, Deals - Strategy and Stephen Gaskill, Partner – Advisory, PwC Vietnam Among the ASEAN economies, Vietnam is one to watch in the near term. Despite global economic uncertainty, foreign investors remain optimistic about the ASEAN region’s prospects; and within ASEAN, Vietnam has proven an...

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

PwC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey – Optimism in the Growth Markets

By David Wijeratne, PwC Global Growth Markets Centre Leader 250 global political leaders and more than 1500 business leaders are convening at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in the snowy and serene environment of Davos this week to discuss pressing global issues and identify solutions to these...

Friday, 09 January 2015

Turkish economy benefits from lower oil prices

By Murat Dikmen, Consulting Director and Basar Yildirim, Senior Manager, Financial Services Research & Analysis, PwC Turkey The sudden decline in crude oil prices was a major economic development in 2014. As most economies adjust to the new prices, Turkey is one that is seeing immediate benefits – its current...