AKE Ones to Watch: 6 March 2017

Americas: Argentina to face increased union-led unrest Sectors: all Key Risks: union-led disruptive unrest and strikes In Argentina, teachers’ unions will hold a 48-hour nationwide strike on 6-7 March, the first days of the school year, to protest against wage disputes which the government has not yet been able to resolve. Demonstrations are expected in…

AKE Ones to Watch: 27 February 2017

Americas: Ecuador prepares for historic presidential runoff Sectors: all Key Risks: political stability; policy continuity In Ecuador, the coming weeks will be marked by the electoral campaign ahead of the 2 April presidential runoff between ruling party Alianza Pais (AP) candidate Lenin Moreno and opposition centre-right Creando Oportunidades (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso. Final results from…

Ones to Watch: 20 February 2017

  Americas: Odebrecht corruption probe to intensify at regional scale Sectors: infrastructure; public works contracts Key Risks: contract cancellations/renegotiations; corruption fallout In Latin America, the investigations into Brazilian engineering conglomerate Odebrecht’s region-wide bribery scheme will continue to gain traction. On 16 February prosecutors in 11 countries signed an agreement to start a combined task force…

Ones to Watch: 6 February 2017

Americas: Haiti’s president to be sworn-in; instability risks to persist   Sectors: all Key Risks: social unrest; exposure to incidental violence; political instability In Haiti, president-elect Jovenel Moise is expected to be sworn-in on 7 February after a lengthy and controversial electoral process which began in late 2015. Moise, a businessman with no previous public…

AKE Ones to Watch: 30 January 2017

Americas: ELN hostage release could unblock formal peace talks Sectors: all Key Risks: terrorism; insurgency; political stability In Colombia, the ELN guerrillas are expected to release former congressman Odin Sanchez Montes de Oca on 2 February. The release was agreed with the government in order to formalise exploratory peace talks on 7 February in Ecuador’s…