Each week Frontier Strategy Group’s global team shares their view on key media stories, and what the implications are for businesses that operate in emerging markets. For more information about how to contact our analysts, send us an email.
Dalia Naguib on “Algeria: After Merkel’s, Iranian President’s visit postponed sine die”
“Bouteflika’s meetings with foreign leaders have been called off twice in the past two weeks, strengthening concerns over his ailing health and the succession plan. Monitor the status of the Spanish Foreign Minister’s visit to Algeria on March 8 and 9, and whether a meeting on Libya between the Algerian, Egyptian, and Tunisian presidents will go forth to get clues about Bouteflika’s capabilities.”
Mario Gutierrez on “Worst Has Already Passed” for Colombian Economy, Says Finance Minister Mauricio Cárdenas“”
“Colombia’s Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said that 2016 was in many ways worse than 2015 due to the tense political climate surrounding Colombia’s peace process and tax reform. Now that both initiatives have already passed and taking into consideration Colombia’s positive investment outlook, overall growth prospects have significantly strengthened.”
Cheng Siew Chua on “Najib: Malaysia will not tolerate any disrespect or insult to the country’s sovereignty“
“The recent travel ban spat between North Korea and Malaysia have soured diplomatic ties and amplified regional tensions. By standing firm to defend its sovereignty, Malaysia has not broken any protocol, and is expected not to bow down to external pressure. North Korea, previously eyeing Malaysia as a gateway to the region, now stands to lose a precious ally if the diplomatic meltdown continues.”
Josef Jelinek on “South Korea Removes President Park Geun-hye”
The scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye added to the economic weakness of South Korea, in the face of security concerns, a slowdown in China and global uncertainty. Her removal will hopefully pave the way for a return to stability. A fair legal decision was also essential for a disenchanted majority who have lost faith in those governing them and in their institutions.