Tuesday 24 May 2011

Political risk impacts investment into Russia

Foreign direct investment is paltry and capital continues to flow out of Russia, as an election approaches. Read a report from Emerging Markets newspaper here.

Economic foundations of Lukashenko's Belarus tremble

The regime will struggle to resolve the currency crisis in Minsk, which is compounded by pressure from Moscow. Read more here.

Saturday 7 May 2011

SE Asia farmers ‘need climate change measures now’

Development institutions need to help south east Asian farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change now, researchers are warning. Published in Emerging Markets here.

Nord Stream threatens Ukraine’s share of transit while domestic production slows

Published in Gas Matters, April 2011

Ukraine’s share of Russian gas transit to Europe remains under threat mid- to long-term, despite a promise by Gazprom to raise transit volumes via Ukraine to 112 bcm/year for five years. Ukraine’s talks about the transit network’s future, with Russia on one hand and European institutions on the other, are dragging on inconclusively. Meanwhile efforts to raise domestic production, and streamline consumption, move forward slowly. Full article here