Investing in African infrastructure

Significant investment in infrastructure is required to unleash Africa's economic potential. New funding for infrastructure development is becoming available, but success also hinges on how effectively money is spent, argues Sebastien Marlier, Africa analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit

Ceemea region stalls

No easy answers for Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Finding commodities’ new normal

Emerging markets should provide the demand to support collapsed prices

The global investment puzzle

Weak capital spending holds back growth

Saudi Arabia’s easy growth ends

A young population and great wealth offer potential but may not offset cheaper oil

Changing landscape for trade

After a difficult couple of years for international trade, there are reasons for importers and exporters to be optimistic. Global export growth for goods is expected to accelerate, according to the latest HSBC Trade Forecast

Trade growth to accelerate

Growth in exports will rise to 8 per cent per year by 2017, according to HSBC’s latest Trade Forecast

Storing up sunshine

Lithium-ion batteries mean evolution for energy storage, not revolution

At sea with no lifeboats

Economies are not prepared for coping with the next recession

Green bonds come of age

Standards and ratings are being set for environmental finance

Paving the Silk Road

China details widespread benefits of its ‘one belt, one road’

Few gain from cheap oil

Even many energy importers have benefitted little

The redback keeps rising

Half of China’s trade to be renminbi-settlement by 2020

Economic surrealism

From deflation to negative interest rates, the global economy is full of oddities

Keeping the world cool

Oil, CO2 and the carbon budget

Saudi spending power

Bonus and new jobs boost kingdom’s income

The ‘Neglected’ Mid-Market is Too Big to Ignore

New global report shows the vital importance of Medium-Size Companies to developed and emerging economies

Progress on trade in 2015

Removing barriers should boost economic growth

Mixed blessings for global economy from lower crude prices

What low oil prices mean

Changed fortunes for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Protecting your business

Although the opportunities implicit in overseas trade can be highly attractive, maximising the net return requires an awareness of the risks of financial crime, including money laundering and bribery, and an ability to manage complex international sanctions

Vetting a trading partner - know who you are doing business with

While the physical distance between a business and a new international partner can be thousands of miles, this needn't be a barrier to a profitable and mutually beneficial trading relationship.

Ensuring safe transportation of your goods

Reliability is key to building a good reputation and punctual delivery of goods is clearly important. While the legal liability for safe shipment of goods may change during their movement, from an importer’s perspective the reputational liability still tends to lie with the exporter.

Setting up international bank accounts - staying in control

When trading overseas keeping abreast of traffic of business bank accounts can help maximise profitability.

Avoiding delays and costs by having the correct documentation

Trading abroad for the first time is a significant opportunity for any business, but it can be a confusing time with preparing goods for dispatch and various administrative details to complete.

Managing currency fluctuations

Trading internationally for the first time means dealing with different currencies. To maintain profitability it is important to be aware of the exchange rate achieved, as there may be currency fluctuations during the period between paying for supplies to fulfil an order and receiving payment.

Managing international payments

At a basic level, trading internationally is not so dissimilar to trading domestically, except that when dealing with businesses based in overseas markets, receiving and making payments can be more complex.