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Broadband faces long last mile in Middle East and Africa

Big infrastructure projects are already in place to improve much of the Middle East and Africa’s expensive and slow Internet. For many countries, however, many issues lie ahead. Over the last five years, there has been a spate of new international subsea fiber-optic cable networks linking African and Middle Eastern coastal countries to the global […]

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India’s domestic whiskey industry difficult to tap

India remains the world’s largest consumer of whiskey, an industry worth about $10 billion. Foreign whiskey brands, however, have struggled to capture the market due to a complicated federal tax structure, high import duties and policies favoring domestic producers. With more than 550 million votes cast in an election that spanned from April 7th to May 12th, India has finally […]

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Armed conflict, stalled bureaucracy limit Colombia’s economic growth

Global Risk Insights has reported that the largest problem for Venezuela’s PDVSA and Mexico’s Pemex is falling oil production. Now, another South American country, Colombia, has also reported a decrease in oil production for 2013 — due to terrorism, social unrest and government inefficiency.   This year’s spring has not been very pleasant for Colombian politics. The list […]

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Crimea annexation comes with host of problems for Russia

Russia will bear the brunt of recently annexed Crimea’s long-term economic, financial and political problems. President Putin made a triumphant visit to Crimea on the 9th May, as the region held its first Victory Day commemorations since being annexed by Russia. Mr. Putin extolled Crimea’s “return to the motherland” before tens of thousands of people. […]

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Sanctions against Russia cause greater capital inflows to Brazil

The Russian Federation’s actions in the Crimea continue to reverberate throughout the world. Far away from Eastern Europe, even Brazil is likely to feel the effects of Russian choices as short-term capital inflows increase. In response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, the United States in conjunction with key allies in Europe and elsewhere have pushed […]

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Part III of IV: Why Indonesia needs further energy subsidy reform

The Indonesian government has been hesitant to cut subsidies out of fear of public unrest and political backlash. As domestic energy demand continues its historic growth, however, the economic cost of subsidies may become too great to bear. The fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia has long been a haven for steady economic […]

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Tamil Nadu awaits economic boost from investment

The southern state of Tamil Nadu, traditionally one of India’s strongest economic performers, had a trying year in 2013. New infrastructure projects and greater government transparency could generate significant economic growth across the state. A leading region for industry, manufacturing, health care and IT software development, the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was only […]

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Lack of energy sector reform holds back Russian economy

Russia remains a leading worldwide energy exporter, but its energy sector remains a laggard in desperate need of modernization. Governmental corruption and a restricted domestic market both stand in the way of infrastructure improvement. Global attention on Russia’s actions toward Ukraine has pulled the dynamics of Russia’s economy into the spotlight. Much of the talk […]

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Medupi Power Station, South Africa

Eskom energy crisis will influence South African elections

“Rolling blackouts” that hit South Africa on 6 March 2014 could influence the upcoming elections. The state-owned power utility company Eskom blames the weather and ageing infrastructure. Eskom has struggled to meet South Africa’s energy needs for years, as aging infrastructure and ever-increasing demand has strained the national power grid. In the latest rolling blackouts, production […]

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India balances energy relationship with the Middle East

As India’s demand for energy and investment continues to increase, the Republic must strike a careful balance in its relationships with its many Middle Eastern trading partners. With over 1.2 billion people and the largest rural-urban migration rate in the world, India has seen historic growth as both an economic powerhouse and an influential voice […]

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