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Economics, Policy & Regulation

Burkina Faso’s New President Has An Edge

Burkina Faso There’s been big change in the small country of Burkina Faso. On November 29, the West African nation of 17 million held its first free elections in almost three decades.

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Will Historic Elections Pull Myanmar Into Modernity?

History was made in Myanmar, the country formerly called Burma, on November 8, when the National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Noble Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a near-total sweep in the first democratic election in 25 years.

Economics, Policy & Regulation

Irans Peace Dividend

“An economic windfall.” That’s how the World Bank’s chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa, Shantayanan Devarajan, characterized the boost to the Iranian economy from the lifting of sanctions in the wake of the nuclear deal struck with the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Economics, Policy & Regulation

WTO: Landmark IT Trade Deal First In 18 Years

Tariffs on hundreds of information technology (IT) goods—201, to be precise—will be slashed starting next year as a result of a sweeping agreement in July by member nations of the World Trade Organization.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Iceland Dismantles Last Of Restrictions Set From Economic Crisis

Milestones | Iceland Nearly seven years after introducing controls on capital movements, Iceland is planning to ease restrictions it put in place when the collapse of its banking system brought the country to the brink of financial meltdown.

Capital Raising & Corporate Finance

Is Moroccan FDI Economic Snake Oil?

Morocco | In recent years, Morocco has successfully attracted a growing flow of foreign capital, becoming the top foreign direct investment recipient in the Maghreb region (Northwest Africa), and one of the largest in the African continent.



Milestones | Myanmar<br /> After five decades of economic isolation, on October 1, Myanmar took its first big step into the global financial system, granting nine foreign lenders preliminary approval to operate in the country.

Economics, Policy & Regulation


SOUTH KOREA<br /> Appointed as part of Park’s cabinet reshuffle——Choi had been on the job only a few days when he unleashed a $40 billion stimulus plan to revitalize the country’s faltering economy, a package equivalent to almost 3% of GDP.