Ones to Watch: 10 July 2017

Americas: Senate to vote on controversial labour reform; Congress to vote on Temer’s trial Sectors: all Key Risks: political instability; civil unrest; strikes; corruption fallout In Brazil, the Senate is expected to vote on the controversial government-backed labour reform bill on 11 July. A motion to fast-track the bill, which is part of President Michel…

Saudi Arabia: A king in waiting

Royal reshuffle to have profound consequences Date first published: 27/06/2017 Key sectors: banking; finance; consumer retail; industry; energy Key risks: frustration of process; contract frustration; delayed payments Saudi royals apparently keep very late hours: the most important royal decrees always come in the middle of the night. The announcement on 21 June by the state…

Ones to Watch: 3 July 2017

Americas: Potential trial for Venezuela’s dissident Attorney General to continue to fuel unrest Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest; violent clashes; political instability; looting In Venezuela, Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz is expected to face a hearing on 4 July that could lead to her being put on trial over ‘grave faults’ and ‘treason’. The…

Sub-Saharan Africa: #BringBackOurInternet

Date first published: 20/06/2017 Key sectors: IT; media; online retail Key risks: reputational; democratic backsliding; business interruption; detention; censorship Silicon Savannah For sub-Saharan Africa’s youthful population, armed with smartphones and taking advantage of rapid infrastructure developments, the internet has become a key communications tool, source of news media and means of engaging in politics: indeed, Africans are four…

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Ones to Watch, 26 June 2017

Americas: Former president Fernandez de Kirchner to run for Senate seat Sectors: all Key Risks: political stability; policy continuity In Argentina, former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner formally launched her bid for a Senate seat in the upcoming 22 October mid-term legislative elections. Her decision to create a new political party, Citizen Unity, that will…