A CFA Haven

Key sectors: all Key risks: CIET; CF ‘Currency is not a technical issue’, wrote former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, instead ‘it affects the independence of nations.’ Balladur was writing about plans to create the Euro, but he could have been referring to the Central and West African CFA Francs. Those that protested the CFA…

Ones to Watch: 10 April 2017

Americas: protests over Ecuadorian election continue while ELN peace talks under threat Sectors: all Key Risks: political instability; terrorism; civil unrest On 7 April Ecuadorian police forces raided the headquarters of polling firm Cedatos. Cedatos’ exit poll for the 2 April presidential election, which showed a six-point advantage for losing opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, has…

Inter-Kurdish rivalries spill to the fore

Key sectors: security; energy; trade Key risks: civil unrest; political violence; business interruption The rivalries between Iraqi Kurdish armed groups came sharply into relief in early March. On 3 March, armed clashes broke out between Rojava Peshmerga forces, security personnel funded by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KD) in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, and the…