Industrial

Managing Indonesia’s Workforce Risks in 2013

Starting now, companies will face increasing workforce risks in Indonesia. Wages will rise by 15-30% over the next 12 months, pushing companies towards a labor cost trap, and a new regulation slated for implementation later this year will restrict companies’…

India’s Crucial New Budget: Congress Party to Overpromise and Under-Deliver Again?

India’s budget does not propose any grand plans or major reforms, disappointing several groups that expected the finance minister to combat decade-low growth with a radical plan. However, multinationals have welcomed the realistic and well-balanced strategy FSG View: Relatively Neutral…

US-Colombia FTA Stumbles Out of the Gate, But Trade is a Marathon, not a Sprint: Highlights from FSG’s Bogota Interview with Expert Advisor Juan David Barbosa

Despite general optimism at the opportunities provided by the new US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, FSG clients have reported unwelcome delays and roadblocks in efforts to take advantage of the agreement, as noted in our recent Quarterly Market Review of Colombia.…

Emerging Market View: What Our Analysts Are Reading – 3/29/2013

FSG’s research talent keeps a close eye on not only worldwide headlines, but also region-specific news for more locally-driven insight.  Here are a few articles highlighted by our research team: Is Africa much richer than we think? No one knows – CNN…

Adapt to Nigeria’s Changing Business Environment

Nigeria is changing rapidly. The size of the economy may expand 40-60% overnight, new online sales channels are booming, and the security situation is deteriorating: Rebased GDP figures, to be released later this year, are likely to make Nigeria the…

Syrian Civil War: Wait-and-See Approach Will Hurt MNCs in the Middle East

(This post is adapted from FSG’s report on how the Syrian Civil War impacts the MENA business climate. The report is part of FSG’s monthly series on managing volatility in the MENA region and is available for FSG clients here.)…

The New Rules of the Game – Five Ways Cyprus Changed the Course of the Eurozone Crisis

1.  Capital controls are back – Typically associated with emerging markets crises and Bretton Woods, the eurozone is developing its first set of capital controls. Capital controls will create a defacto new euro currency in Cyprus, where the local currency…