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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...

Friday, 19 December 2014

Egypt: On the Path to Recovery

By Wasim Kamhawi, Director, Strategy, PwC Middle East Egypt is the third largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, behind Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with a GDP of USD285 billion in 2014. In comparison to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (Political and economic alliance of...

Friday, 21 November 2014

Future of India - The Winning Leap

By Shashank Tripathi, Partner and Strategy Leader, PwC India While India is applauded for its vibrant democracy, it is also derided for its lost potential on the economic front. Now that a new government with a clear mandate for development has taken over, the time has come for India to...

Brazil’s Bumpy Route to Growth

By Sachin Mehta, Partner, PwC Brazil and Ibrahim Özer, Supervisor, PwC Brazil On 26 October 2014, President Dilma Rousseff secured her post for another four years, clinching her victory with just a 3% edge over her centre-right rival Aécio Neves. Now in her second term as Brazil’s first female president,...

Monday, 10 November 2014

PwC - Growth Markets Centre: Budget 2015 supports Malaysia's Rising Competitiveness

By Patrick Tay, Advisory Executive Director, PwC Malaysia Two recent key developments in Malaysia should further enhance confidence that the country is a good place to do business. On 10th October, Prime Minister Najib announced that the 2015 budget was focused on reaffirming its commitment to strengthening economic growth and...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Myanmar’s Banking Sector Liberalisation: A Win-win for All

By Melvin Poon, Financial Services Leader, PwC Myanmar On October 1, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) granted nine foreign banks their first operating licences – issued as part of a move to liberalise Myanmar’s banking sector. These licenses will allow the banks to participate in services which were previously...

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Underappreciated Hispanoamérica

By Christopher Turner, Management & Risk Consulting Leader and Mariano Errichiello, Clients & Markets Officer, Hispanoamérica Advisory Services In discussions of emerging markets, the BRICS have captured much of the world’s attention for almost 20 years now. In Latin America, the scale of opportunities in Brazil – and the growth...

Friday, 19 September 2014

Myanmar Telecommunications at a Crossroads

By Greg Unsworth, Asia Pacific Technology Industry Leader Times have never been as interesting as now for the Myanmar telecommunications market. The critical telecom sector liberalisation of Myanmar continues at full swing with the government awarding Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo with nationwide telecom licenses last year following a highly...