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Construction – Surety Remains A Trusted Source Of Certainty


As the value of construction projects has increased, so have risks for project owners and contractors. It’s not uncommon today to find commercial building and infrastructure projects topping $2 billion. Layer in the uncertainty of [...]



Uzbekistan - Long-Term Prospect Remains Positive Despite Recent Downgrade Of St Political Risk Rating Resilient And Strong Economic Growth The Uzbek economy has been very resilient to external shocks as real GDP grew strongly over [...]

Election Year – Global Political Risk Is Biggest Threat


North American business leaders fear this election year will impact their ability to trade internationally with 32% of leaders saying political risk is their number one threat with 36% believing they are operating in a [...]

China’s Ratings Outlook Cut


Fitch cut its outlook on China's sovereign credit rating to negative on Wednesday, citing risks to public finances as the economy faces increasing uncertainty in its shift to new growth models. The outlook downgrade follows [...]

Ransoms – Nigeria Will No Longer Pay


  Ransoms - Nigeria will no longer pay ransoms to armed gangs that have plagued the country with kidnapping and extortion, President Bola Tinubu said. He made the statement as activists commemorated the 10th anniversary [...]

Nigeria’s Kidnapping Crisis


Nigeria's Kidnapping Crisis - In early March 2024, more than 130 schoolchildren were kidnapped in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna. Ten years after the Chibok schoolgirls' kidnapping, Nigeria is facing a resurgence of mass abductions. [...]

Mining Political Risk


Mining as a global industry is deeply exposed to the politics of the nations in which they operate. However, assessing the quality and risk associated with each of these jurisdictions can be a nuanced and [...]

Risk (Global) Report


Political Risk From Government Interference All investments are subject to shifts in business climate and geopolitics and the whims of the investor and host government alike. For global businesses in 2024, government intervention is increasingly [...]

Robot Brickie’s Working on Sites


  A robotics startup has secured funding to scale-up the number of robot brick-laying machines it can deploy on sites and increase the types of blocks and construction tasks the robots can manage. The Dutch [...]

Milestone – Stening Simpson Group 45th Anniversary


It is with pride that we celebrate the milestone of our company’s 45th anniversary.   Over the past four and a half decades, Stening Simpson Group of Companies has evolved, overcoming challenges and adapting to change.  [...]

Lai Ching-te Victory Comes With Political Risks


Lai Ching-te of Taiwan’s independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was elected president of the raucously democratic island that China claims as it’s own. His win was historic: no party has won Taiwan’s presidency three times in [...]

War Over Taiwan – China Cost of US$10 Trillion


War over Taiwan would have a cost in blood and treasure so vast that even those unhappiest with the status quo have reason not to risk it. Bloomberg Economics estimate the price tag at around [...]

Labour Shortages Remains One Of The Biggest Challenges


Critical labour shortages of skilled labour remains the biggest concern facing the construction industry, a nation-wide survey of builders and developers has found. The building and construction industry platform BCI Central says 90 per cent [...]

Bangladesh – Ongoing Political Crisis Is ‘High Risk’


The ongoing countrywide road-rail-waterway blockade imposed by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies has disrupted the supply chains and significantly pushed up the cost of transport because only a fraction of [...]

Political Violence – How Worldwide Events Are Reshaping


Political violence events have long impacted people, property, and balance sheets worldwide. The Russia-Ukraine war, the flare up of tensions between Israel and Hamas, and recent global civil unrest have led to greater awareness of [...]

Israel – Ground Offensive In Gaza Faces Risks


Israel is poised to launch a ground offensive into the northern half of Gaza, an attack that, for all the country’s military superiority, is fraught with uncertainty and potential humanitarian consequences. The military called up [...]

Emerging Markets – Recent Events as a Guide for Investing


  Emerging Markets - Political Risks Emerging market countries offer tantalizing rewards. High growth rates, untapped resources, and burgeoning middle classes can make for attractive investments. But amidst this allure lies an unpredictable nemesis: political [...]

India – Moody’s Defends Political Risk Rating.


    India - In a statement affirming its Baa3 rating on India, Moody's had made note of "the curtailment of civil society and political dissent" and "rising sectarian tensions" and even mentioned the ongoing [...]

Global Bonding – Collapse Drops Bomb


The collapse of Henry Construction has triggered a serious bonding crunch for contractors in the Global Bonding market. Some bond providers are warning firms will now find it much more difficult and costly to raise [...]

Pakistan : Operational Risks to Increase


The arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan in a corruption case escalated nationwide protests by his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party. The demonstrations are one of the many challenges faced by the incumbent Pakistan Democratic [...]

Ransomware – To Pay or Not to Pay


All businesses are susceptible to cyberattack and 2022 demonstrated that even companies with multiple layers of cybersecurity protection are no exception. With each cyberattack comes the likelihood of a ransomware demand — a scenario that [...]

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