• Retail

    Western-style shopping malls are increasingly popular in emerging markets. OBG’s retail sector analysis looks at local demand, shopping habits, opportunities for development in smaller cities, consumer spending power and brand awareness.
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The economic downturn resulting from lower global commodity prices and the completion of the PNG LNG project means the future of Papua New Guinea must be navigated with care. The country possesses plentiful natural resources, which, given effective management, could provide new revenue to spur diversification, as well as sustainable and equitable growth in all provinces.

 

After the 2016 currency devaluation and IMF-backed economic reforms that led to an increase in the prices of necessities such as fuel, electricity and basic foods, Egyptian consumers began to rationalise their spending habits. Many began to opt for cheaper brands, or stopped purchases in certain categories altogether. Fast-moving consumer...

 

Egypt’s retail industry benefits from a growing population, affluent middle class and openness to new retail options. Although the currency devaluation in 2016 initially affected business via downward pressure on consumer purchasing power, spending resumed in 2018 and is expected to stabilise further when unemployment and inflation levels...

 

The fact that the virus originated in China, the world’s major manufacturing centre, led to disruptions in global supply chains of basic goods, and gave rise to speculation that some companies would seek alternative production bases. Indeed, international reaction was swift, with representatives of three of the world’s four largest economies...

 

Which policies can be adopted to encourage more private investment in special economic zones?

 

In light of the headwinds created by the Covid-19 pandemic, how can the private sector shift to create long-term gains?

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