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    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Colombia potencia su inversión en educación

21 Apr 2015
Colombia education

El gobierno colombiano aprobó una inversión de 1 trillón de pesos colombianos (USD 400 millones) para distribuir computadoras de escritorio y tipo tableta entre escuelas públicas en su último esfuerzo por mejorar la calidad de la educación en el país, especialmente en áreas rurales. 

Economic Update | Sri Lanka looks to turn the page

21 Apr 2015
sri Lanka econ

An interim budget unveiled by Sri Lanka’s new government aims to bring down debt levels while maintaining growth, with newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena pledging in his inaugural speech in January to defeat corruption as well as lead a social transformation of the island nation. 

Economic Update | No sign of Kenya’s property market running out of steam

21 Apr 2015
Kenya housing

With demand for real estate in Nairobi sending property prices soaring on the back of rapid urbanisation, nearby counties are also seeing an uptick in activity as developers look to channel funds into satellite cities and commuter towns. 

Economic Update | Malaysia experiences softer housing market

20 Apr 2015
malaysia RE

Concerns about rising household debt and the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST), which came into effect on April 1, are likely to contribute to a cooling in the residential segment of Malaysia’s property market.

Economic Update | Nigeria’s banks set to tap eurobond market

20 Apr 2015
nigeria banks

Banks in Nigeria have been given additional time to implement stricter regulations, but challenging market conditions combined with higher capital adequacy ratios are pushing lenders towards the capital markets.  

Economic Update | Double-edged sword for Omani industry

20 Apr 2015
oman industry

From the start of this year, Oman has doubled gas tariffs for industrial producers, with the move expected to squeeze margins for operators.  However, the higher prices may spur a move towards greater efficiency, which could benefit the sector over the long-term.