Emerging Markets

Tajikistan’s National Development Strategy: achievable or overly ambitious?

Tajikistan joins a string of Central Asian countries eager to boost their standing on the political arena. President Emomali Rahmon unveiled the country’s ‘National Development Strategy’ (NDS), which aims to promote the conditions for ‘sustainable human development’ by 2030. Priorities include: transforming Tajikistan’s agrarian-heavy economy into a more industrialised one, reforming state institutions and reducing…

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Russia’s strategic expansion in Latin America: the case of Cuba

Recent commercial projects between Russia and Cuba echo the friendly Soviet-Cuban alliance of the twentieth century. Although the two nations share a history of cyber security and intelligence gathering, President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel have pledged to revive robust bilateral ties in a number of trade sectors, including energy, transport and agriculture.…

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COVID-19 infects China’s Virtual World

With 780 million people under travel restrictions in China, quotidian life is moving online. From conducting research about COVID-19, attending school and holding meetings, to playing video games, people are continuing every-day life virtually. As the Internet struggles to keep up with increased demand, not even life online has been spared the disruption of COVID-19.…

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The Price of Cheap Medicine in China

The National Health and Family Planning Commission (formerly the Ministry of Health), headed by Chen Zhu, formerly China’s Minister of Health, revealed in October 2009 an ambitious plan for a comprehensive reform of the Chinese healthcare system. The scheme would be called Healthy China 2020 and would provide universal healthcare access and treatment for all…

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India’s efforts to maintain economic growth

India’s emerging economy traces back to the economic liberalisation of 1991, aimed to create a market-oriented economy that expands private and foreign investment. Capital Economics forecasts India to deliver a growth of 5-7% within the next twenty years, which would theoretically triple the economy’s size and doubling its share of the global GDP. Strong demographics…

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China’s path to recovery

The outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19 in China invites a comparison to the last epidemic the country had seen, SARS. In the 2003 outbreak of SARS, China suffered a sharp hit on its growth, followed by a strong rebound. Although coronavirus has claimed more lives than SARS, it seems to be the case that…

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Long seen as an alternative development strategy, South-South trade is showing signs of faltering. Trade between Emerging markets saw rapid growth since the turn of the millennium jumping from 24% to 41 of their exports. Yet this has stagnated recently, fuelling fears of long-term structural weakness. The question of whether this is a blip –…

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Transnistrian Cryptocurrency – Free Cash and a New Financial Order

Transnistria is a Russian-backed separatist proto-state, sandwiched between Russia and Moldova. Internationally recognised as part of Europe’s poorest country, landlocked and with a population standing at just under half a million, this quasi-state can be credibly questioned whether it is capable of economically sustaining itself. Transnistria’s unique asset is its energy supply. After its separation…

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