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East and South Asia buoyant as other regions play catch-up

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Jul-19 Stalled growth in emerging market economies is projected to pick up from a four-year low of 4.0 percent in 2019 to 4.6 percent in 2020-21, reflecting the waning impact of financial pressures in some large markets. Growth in all emerging regions has been weaker than expected but activity in East and South Asia remains buoyant. Other regions are expected to recover in 2020-21. Growth in both Latam and MENA is expected to be a subdued 1.7% in 2019, but MENA countries show more promise thanks to oil exports, policy reforms and tourism. [image: World Bank]

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Alibaba invests USD100m in Russian e-commerce

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09-Jun-19 China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund will each invest USD100 million in a Russian joint venture, and Alibaba will contribute AliExpress Russia into the joint venture. This consists of Alibaba's Russia-based domestic and cross-border operations. [image: Retail News Asia]

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Education and investment identify countries with growth potential

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22-Mar-19 In countries where more than half the workforce have upper secondary education there is a strong positive relationship between capital investment and productivity. Seven countries with well educated populations and low fixed capital per worker are investing above average in fixed capital, and therefore look to be opportunity markets. Conversely there are eight countries which have a good standard of education but are not investing enough to fully leverage it in future. [image: Global Demographics Ltd]

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Russian far east opportunities: manufacturing investment

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07-Mar-19 The rise of the Russian Far East District as an attractive destination for investment in manufacturing is down to several factors - rich natural resources, abundant land, upgraded infrastructure, access to Eurasia and generous tax incentives. [image: Far East Development Corporation (FEDC)]

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