Kenya has regained a sense of political stability after the political turmoil that followed general elections in 2007. In August 2010, a new constitution was adopted in a peaceful vote. However, the run-up to new general elections at the end of 2012 poses a major threat to Kenya’s fragile stability
Economic growth is expected to be robust at around 4% this year. However, the risks of economic headwinds are rising – EU slowdown, strong Swiss franc, and fiscal consolidation.
While the economy still appeared to be firing on all cylinders in the first quarter of 2011, by the second quarter the increase in economic activity had stagnated all but completely. The Dutch economy grew by only 0.1% on a quarterly basis, a rate that nevertheless did not come as a surprise
Uzbekistan’s commodity driven economy has benefitted from higher commodity prices and the economic recovery in Russia. However, official figures should be interpreted with caution. Economic policies continue to support growth which is fuelling inflation.
In early 2011, Suriname’s government implemented a number of drastic measures, including a currency devaluation and an increase of the fuel tax. The measures are likely to improve the fiscal position of the government, which declined in the run-up to the 2010 elections.
Mauritius is a politically and socially stable island in the Indian Ocean. The government has been able to generate an average growth rate of 4%, and to lift many out of poverty since gaining independence from the UK in 1968. The stability is the biggest asset of the country.
In a region where political stability is hard to come by, Ghana stands out. The country is one of the most stable democracies and has one of the lowest corruption rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.
De Haagse zakelijke dienstverlening staat centraal in deze studie. Presteren deze bedrijven beter dan dienstverleners in Amsterdam, Rotterdam en Utrecht?
Het op orde brengen van de begroting is het hoofdthema van de ormatiebesprekingen, waarbij het vooral gaat over bezuinigingen. Maar het verleden heeft uitgewezen dat mooie bezuinigingsplannen alleen niet genoeg zijn.