FEB 16 2018

Dual Quality of Food Products Questions EU’s Single Market Strategy

Consumer Goods & Retail

Several countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) allege that some multinational brands and supermarkets’ private-label food products sold in Western Europe are of superior quality than those available under the same brand name and packaging in their home markets. Food producers contend that they often change composition or characteristics of food products in different…

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OCT 20 2017

EU-Mercosur FTA: Old Negotiations, New Zest

Emerging Markets

The EU and Mercosur (a trade bloc comprising Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay*) free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations date back almost two decades, to 1999. After failing to seal the deal in 1999 and again in 2004, the countries initiated new negotiations in 2010 and though started out slowly, they accelerated the process in 2016…

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JUN 24 2016

BREXIT: First Thoughts

Emerging Markets, World Economy

In a landmark decision, UK’s citizen expressed their preference to leave the European Union. While the process is not straight forward, and will take at least two years to complete, Britain could struggle to lift the markets sentiment in a short to medium term. Sterling Pound, probably one of the strongest currencies in the world,…

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JUN 27 2013

Future of Global Solar Power Industry – Tense, But There’s Still Hope.

Emerging Markets, Renewable Energy, Utilities & Resources

The global solar power industry was always viewed as one based on flawed business principle of artificial sustenance. With prolonged low economic growth, the artificial support base disintegrated, resulting in shutdown of multi-million dollar business across the globe. Several leading players, such as Siemens, Solar Millennium, First Solar Inc, and SunPower Corp and Suntech Power,…

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MAY 15 2013

As Myanmar Works Towards Stability, Communal Violence Holds The Nation Back.

Emerging Markets, World Economy

In mid-2012, we published a report on Myanmar, looking into its potential as a new emerging market with considerable investment and trade opportunities for foreign investors (see: Myanmar – The Next Big Emerging Market Story?). Almost a year later, we are returning to Myanmar, to check and evaluate whether the political, social, and economic changes…

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