Uganda – Tanzania: Political violence risks to oil infrastructure

Date first published: 14/09/2017 Key sectors: infrastructure; extractives industries Key risks: land disputes; civil unrest; terrorism On 4 August Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Tanzanian President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone of what will be the world’s longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline. Stretching 1,445km from Uganda’s western Hoima district to the seaport of Tanga, Tanzania, the…

Morocco: Risks in the Rif

Date first published: 07/09/2017 Key sectors: manufacturing; small businesses; textiles Key risks: civil unrest; political violence; strikes On 28 October 2016, casual street vendor Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death in a waste disposal vehicle after he attempted to retrieve US$11,000-worth of produce confiscated by police in the provincial capital of al-Hoceima. Local police defended the confiscation by…

Angola: Elections cast uncertainty over dos Santos empire

Date: 29/08/2017 Key sectors:oil Key risks:corruption; flatlining economic growth; failure to diversify; non-payment; policy continuity With 98 per cent of the votes counted, the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party has won a comfortable majority of 61.1 per cent in Angola’s 23 August legislative elections, the first in which president for 38…

Argentina: Macri’s first electoral test

Date first published: 22/08/2017 Key sectors:all Key risks:policy continuity; political stability President Mauricio Macri’s government appears set to pass its first electoral test. The results of the 13 August nationwide primary legislative elections indicated that the Cambiemos alliance, consisting of Macri’s centre-right Propuesta Republicana (Pro) and the centre-left Unión Cívica Radical (UCR) has a strong chance…

Georgia: Security concerns nine years on from war

Date first published: 15/08/2017 Key sectors: all Key risks: political violence; civil unrest; war In August 2008, Russia and Georgia fought a brief five-day war, the result of which left Moscow in de facto control of 20 per cent of Georgia’s sovereign territory. Moscow formally recognised the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, with a population of…