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  • Morocco – Waiting for Europe (to wake up) - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • Agriculture GDP is still the main cause of headline GDP growth volatility • Subsidy reform is a central policy objective, and work should continue in 2014 • We are constructive on Morocco’s medium- to long-term outlook...

  • Iraq – Operating environment is the key - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • The country’s hydrocarbon potential is massive and probably even higher than currently assessed • But the security situation represents a risk to the oil-capacity expansion timeline • Improving the operating environment should be a priori...

  • Turkey – Please Janet, don’t! - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • Turkey’s growth has not decoupled from external imbalances • We see a marginal improvement to 4% real GDP growth in 2014 • Any upside potential will be capped by tightening policy over the course of the year...

  • Tunisia – Transitioning, Part two - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • Political transition success remains the key to higher GDP growth • 2014 should bring some resolution to this process • Official creditors and the international community should remain supportive...

  • Lebanon – Waiting for better days - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • GDP drivers are still going to be affected by a tense regional situation • Reform of the subsidy system, particularly in the energy sector, is crucial • Lebanon’ financial system remains the backbone of the economy...

  • Bahrain – Holding on to oil - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • 2014 growth should mildly suffer from a high base effect • The economy’s dependence on the hydrocarbon economy has increased • Long-term resolution of the domestic feuds is key to the non-oil economy ...

  • Algeria – Awaiting reforms - Updated Tue December 3, 2013

    • Growth should benefit from a return to full hydrocarbon potential in 2014 • But given its wealth and GDP/capita, Algeria is arguably underperforming • Political agenda will be driven by presidential election and the possible return of Bouteflika...

  • New Zealand – Construction remains king - Updated Tue October 22, 2013

    New Zealand‟s economy, shocked by another natural disaster, grew 0.2% q/q and 2.5% y/y in Q2, in line with our forecasts. The worst drought in 30 years severely impaired dairy output in Q1 and also affected Q2 – agriculture contracted 6.4% q/q just ...

  • Taiwan – On a stronger footing - Updated Tue October 22, 2013

    Recent data shows that Taiwan‟s economy is starting to regain momentum. We expect economic growth to return to the 3-4% range in H2-2013, after averaging only 2.1% in H1. The latest signs are encouraging. The recent uptick in key macro indicators fr...

  • Lebanon – Don’t bank on tourism - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    • The summer tourism season was even worse than expected • But banking deposits have shown renewed resilience, strengthening a pillar of the economy • Investors seem to remain sanguine about Lebanon bonds ...

  • Iraq – Security situation worsens - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    • We revise our GDP growth forecast down on oil output, which is constrained by the operating environment • The security situation has worsened substantially in recent months • Oil potential remains vast but thwarted for now ...

  • Bahrain – Oil is the focus - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    • The non-hydrocarbon sector continues to show subpar metrics • Moody’s has downgraded Bahrain again • Refinery output capacity should rise by 38% ...

  • Nigeria – Economic implications of PDP’s split - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Political developments in Nigeria increase near-term uncertainty • With politics taking centre-stage earlier than expected, there are upside risks to outlined spending plans • Any threat to the PDP’s majority in the National Assembly could poten...

  • Angola – Diversification in focus - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Angola remains oil dependant but non-oil sector now represents more than half of GDP • Infrastructure bottlenecks and lack of skilled labour are key constraints for non-oil growth • Greater diversification is necessary to preserve social stabil...

  • Senegal – In search of lost growth - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • A new cabinet to provide fresh impetus to government action • Progress on living standards has been disappointing • Many structural issues need to be addressed to achieve higher growth...

  • Kenya – Above-trend growth still in sight - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Despite a likely setback to tourism, we expect Kenya’s economy to be largely resilient • Even given weaker-than-expected headline GDP in Q2, many other sectors outperformed • Fiscal revenue in Q1-FY14 was above the budget target • Higher headli...

  • Côte d’Ivoire – Conversion versus cancellation - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Growth has picked up, but remains lower than in many SSA countries • The fiscal outlook is deteriorating due to the weight of fuel subsidies • The national refinery suffers from government arrears...

  • Cameroon – Higher growth, wider deficit - Updated Tue October 8, 2013

    • Growth has picked up, but remains lower than in many SSA countries • The fiscal outlook is deteriorating due to the weight of fuel subsidies • The national refinery suffers from government arrears...



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