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Friday, 03 June 2016

Bangladesh – An untapped opportunity

By Avijit Mukerji, Regional Managing Partner (East), PwC India & Mamun Rashid, Managing Partner, PwC Bangladesh On the global economic radar, Bangladesh has long been overshadowed by its larger neighbour in the region, India. However, with a population exceeding 160 million, Bangladesh has been steadily building its economic strength and...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lower for longer: How can private and government organisations in the Middle East survive and succeed in the ‘new normal’ era of low oil prices and squeezed liquidity?

By Neil Hayward, Partner, PwC Middle East There is a growing realisation that lower oil and gas prices are here to stay. Oil prices averaged less than US$50 per barrel in 2015 with a 66% drop between June 2014 and March 2016 (see Figure 1). The monthly average in January...

Tuesday, 05 April 2016

Kazakhstan’s automotive sector – a window of opportunity

By Sanzhar Baisakalov, Ilyas Kuzembayev, Tair Kuanyshev, PwC Kazakhstan Kazakhstan stands out as one of the leading economies in Central Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Historically, its rich natural resource base has been the main driver and focus of the economy. Mineral exports constitute almost 71%...

Thursday, 24 March 2016

How to win in China's changing economy

By John Jullens, Krishnan Narayanan, Keat Lai, Tong Zhang - Strategy& Recent headlines about China’s slowing growth and its efforts to contain stock market bubbles and devalue its currency seem to be cause for concern. Yet this only tells part of the story. The Chinese economy is undergoing a profound...

Friday, 11 March 2016

Make In India: Steering manufacturing growth

Bimal Tanna, Partner and Leader, Industrial Products, PwC India Kavan Mukhtyar, Partner, PwC India Dhiraj Mathur, Partner, PwC India Anurag Garg, Director, PwC Strategy&, India Overview of the Make in India programme Over the last few years – especially since 2012, the manufacturing sector in India has witnessed a slowdown...

Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Myanmar: Asia’s next rising star

By Jovi Seet, Partner, PwC Myanmar Myanmar is one of the remaining frontier markets which is expected to become Asia’s next rising star. Over the past five years, the government has established the necessary fundamental building blocks to tap into the country’s true potential and multiple changes in regulations are...

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...