SRI LANKA AMONG 10 PROMISING EMERGING ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD​

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SRI LANKA AMONG 10 PROMISING EMERGING ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD​

COFACE IDENTIFIES 10 EMERGING COUNTRIES HOT ON THE HEELS OF THE BRICS

After 10 years of frenetic growth, the BRICS are slowing down sharply: for 2014, Coface forecasts growth of on average 3.2 points lower than the average growth these countries registered over the previous decade. At the same time, other emerging countries are accelerating their development. Among them, a ‘top 10’ emerges with good production prospects and sufficient financing to support expansion. 

In addition to accelerating high growth, financing is needed to boost investment

Despite a consumer trend that remains favourable, the BRICS are experiencing a growth downturn due to an adjustment in supply and a marked slow-down in investment. Local businesses no longer have sufficient production capacity to meet continued strong demand. 

To identify the promising countries that the BRICS are now giving way to, Coface identified several criteria, including two that are essential:

  • Countries that have high growth which is accelerating, and whose economy is diversified and resilient to growth slowdowns ;
  • Countries that have sufficient funding capacity to finance growth (a minimum level of savings needed to avoid excessive recourse to foreign savings), without the risk of creating a credit bubble or which do not yet have equity markets of a comparable size of those in OECD countries.

Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Sri Lanka: strong potential confirmed by a sound business environment

Coface identifies only 10 “new emerging” countries which meet all the criteria. However, these countries are not the same in terms of their business environments – the weaknesses of which can stifle growth. This leads Coface to distinguish two groups in the “new emerging” countries:

  • Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines and Sri Lankahave a sound business climate (A4 or B), similar to that of the BRIC countries today.
  • Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh and Ethiopiahave very difficult (C) or extremely difficult (D) business environments which could hamper their growth prospects.

“Naturally, it will be more difficult for the second group of countries, who could take longer to fully realise their growth potential. However, their business environment problems are relative: in 2001, the quality of governance in Brazil, China, India and Russia was comparable to that of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia today,” says Julien Marcilly, Head of country risk at Coface.

Growth of the “new emerging” countries will take a different path than for the BRICS

Some weaknesses compared to the BRICS in the 2000s persist nonetheless. Firstly, the 10 identified “new emerging” countries currently only represent 11% of the world’s population while the BRICS accounted for 43% of the population in 2001. Secondly, their GDP level is only 70% of that of the BRICS in 2001. Finally, the BRICS recorded on average a current account surplus while the “new emerging” countries run a deficit of around 6% of GDP.

“With growth in developed countries being structurally weaker today, the “new emerging” countries may benefit less from trade towards these countries than did the BRICS in the 2000s. Their growth rates will depend more on their domestic markets and on exports to other emerging markets,” concludes Julien Marcilly.

Despite a less buoyant environment, the “new emerging” countries have advantages over the BRICS of 2001. Their inflation rates are around 2.8 points lower than those the BRIC countries experienced, and their level of public debt is around 40% of GDP compared to 54% for the BRICS at the time.

Coface: Sri Lanka among 10 emerging economies

May 12, 2014, 9:21 pm 

Sri Lanka has been identified as a new emerging country among the 10 emerging economies hot on the heels of the countries in the group of BRICS Department of Government Information said yesterday.

A French credit body called Coface which has compared the BRICS countries with emerging countries has said that these emerging countries are accelerating their development among them and a “top 10” emerges with good production prospects sufficient financing to support expansion of their economies.

BRICS is an acronym for an economic group including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, all of them at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development.

“Alter ten years of frenetic growth” the big five emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – the Brics – “are slowing down sharply,” the French trade credit and insurance group Coface said.

In a report entitled “Coface identifies ten emerging countries hot on the heels of the Brics,” the organisation said that average economic growth by the Brics this year would be 3.2 percentage points less than the average in the last ten years.

But “at the same time, other emerging countries are accelerating their development,” it said.

The growth of emerging economies and the effect this has on world trade flows is closely analysed by economists, because of the huge impact on every aspect of the global economy and power balances.

Coface broke the ten new emerging economies it has identified into two groups.

The first comprises Peru, the Philippines, Indonesia, Colombia and Sri Lanka, which it named as a group with various types of new emerging economies.They had “strong potential confirmed by a sound business environment,” Coface said.

The second group comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. But these countries are marked by “very difficult or extremely difficult business environments which could hamper their growth prospects,” Coface said.

However, the head of country risk at Coface, Julien Marcilly, said that in 2001 “the quality of governance in Brazil, China, India and Russia was comparable to that of Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh and Ethiopia today”.

But the ten “new emerging countries” currently accounted for only 11.0% of the world population whereas the Brics had accounted for 43% of the population in 2001.

The total gross domestic product of the new 10 was only 70% of the output of the Brics in 2001 and they had a current account deficit of about 6.0% of GDP whereas the Brics had run a surplus on average.

On a positive note, the new ten had inflation which was about 2.8 percentage points lower than Bric inflation in 2001 and their public debt was about 40% of output compared with 54% for the Brics at that time.

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