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FCO Political and Economic Updates

Information for UK businesses on how to identify opportunities and guard against political and economic risks when trading overseas.

Through our Post Network, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) diplomats regularly provide authoritative, clear assessments of political and economic factors in key emerging markets. The reports are varied and topical and aimed at helping UK businesses to identify and pursue new opportunities and manage risk. They can be accessed, through the links to over 20 markets provided below.

Further information on political, economic and business security environments overseas, can be found on our Overseas Business Risk Country pages.

For more in-depth economic data, please read our economic factsheets which summarise key economic data for approximately 185 countries and territories.

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Australia

  1. Australia: new innovation policy links science with industry

    • Research and analysis
  2. Australia: falling commodity prices take gloss off solid growth

    • Research and analysis
  3. Australia: economic update Q2

    • Research and analysis
  4. Australia: slowing economy presents budget challenges

    • Research and analysis

Brazil

  1. Brazil - economic focus January 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Brazil: land of opportunity for education

    • Research and analysis
  3. Brazil: Petrobras corruption arrests

    • Research and analysis
  4. Brazil: economic focus - October

    • Research and analysis
  5. Brazil: economic focus and elections

    • Research and analysis

Chile

  1. Chile - economic policy - evolution not revolution

    • Research and analysis
  2. Chile: delivering UKTI and prosperity objectives

    • Research and analysis
  3. Chile: expansion of renewable energy

    • Research and analysis
  4. Chile: economic update - Q3 2014

    • Research and analysis
  5. Chile: investing in its mining future

    • Research and analysis

China

  1. China economy - the three Rs

    • Research and analysis
  2. China - labour relations in Guangdong

    • Research and analysis
  3. China - economic focus - January 2015

    • Research and analysis
  4. China - insurance regulators visit to the UK

    • Research and analysis
  5. China - financial policy focus - Q1 2015

    • Research and analysis
  6. China - Premier Li pushes reform and Shenzhen Hong Kong Connect

    • Research and analysis
  7. UK-China Intellectual Property Newsletter

    • Guidance
  8. China in Numbers: New Year Special

    • Research and analysis
  9. China - economic focus - December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  10. Chinese outward investment - keeping up the pace

    • Research and analysis
  11. China - 2030 emissions peak - is industry shifting down a gear?

    • Research and analysis
  12. End of high growth period for China’s housing market

    • Research and analysis
  13. China: GREAT festival in Shanghai - two nights at the west end

    • Research and analysis
  14. China: more reform than stimulus

    • Research and analysis
  15. China: economic focus - November

    • Research and analysis
  16. China: Yunnan Province: backwater and frontier

    • Research and analysis
  17. China: energy monthly: August to October

    • Research and analysis
  18. China: UK in Shenyang week

    • Research and analysis
  19. China: Leapfrogging to low carbon in Chongqing

    • Research and analysis
  20. China: sustainable urbanisation - training Chinese Mayors

    • Research and analysis
  21. China: economic focus - October

    • Research and analysis
  22. China: visit of Martin Donnelly (permanent-under-secretary, BIS)

    • Research and analysis
  23. China: carbon capture and storage (CCS)

    • Research and analysis
  24. China: British Embassy’s prosperity fund supports PPP

    • Research and analysis
  25. China: growth potential in Guizhou province

    • Research and analysis
  26. China: Economic Focus - September

    • Research and analysis
  27. China: Visit by the Lord Mayor of London

    • Research and analysis
  28. China: GREAT British brands festival in Guangzhou

    • Research and analysis
  29. China: politics update - October

    • Research and analysis
  30. China: Shanghai - expectations disappoint on free trade zone

    • Research and analysis
  31. China: details on banks' non performing loans

    • Research and analysis
  32. China: reactions to latest economic data

    • Research and analysis
  33. China: UK-China symposium week

    • Research and analysis
  34. China: fiscal and tax reform since the third plenum

    • Research and analysis
  35. China: monthly economic report - August 2014

    • Research and analysis
  36. China: central government vision on hukou reform

    • Research and analysis
  37. China: politics update - August

    • Research and analysis
  38. China: financial policy focus

    • Research and analysis
  39. China: monthly energy report - July

    • Research and analysis
  40. China: state owned enterprise reform

    • Research and analysis
  41. China: south china monitor on export and manufacturing

    • Research and analysis
  42. China: intellectual property newsletter – issue 5

    • Research and analysis
  43. China: ecoforum in Guizhou on cleaner coal

    • Research and analysis

Egypt

  1. Egypt – open for business?

    • Research and analysis
  2. Egypt - economic update - January 2015

    • Research and analysis
  3. Egypt - economic update - December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  4. Egypt: economic update - October

    • Research and analysis
  5. Egypt: economic update - August

    • Research and analysis
  6. Egypt: general economic developments

    • Research and analysis
  7. Egypt: economy at a glance

    • Research and analysis

Hong Kong

  1. Hong Kong: Quarterly economic update - May 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Hong Kong: Quarterly economic update - February 2015

    • Research and analysis
  3. Hong Kong - overview of green finance trends

    • Research and analysis
  4. Hong Kong: Quarterly economic update - November

    • Research and analysis
  5. Hong Kong: Shanghai/Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHSKC)

    • Research and analysis
  6. Hong Kong: Occupy and the economy- report dated 6 October

    • Research and analysis

India

  1. India - monthly economic report - December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  2. India: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) intermeeting rate cut

    • Research and analysis
  3. India: Lord Mayor's Visit

    • Research and analysis
  4. India - monthly economic report - November 2014

    • Research and analysis
  5. India Economy - final guidelines for payment banks and small banks

    • Research and analysis
  6. India: visit by Minister of State for universities, science and cities

    • Research and analysis
  7. India: monthly economic report - October

    • Research and analysis
  8. India: monthly economic report - September

    • Research and analysis
  9. India: visit of Secretary of State for culture, media and sport

    • Research and analysis
  10. India: visit by Secretary of State for business, innovation and skills

    • Research and analysis
  11. India: new Chief Economic Adviser

    • Research and analysis
  12. India: monthly trade report - September

    • Research and analysis
  13. India: ASEAN services and investment deal

    • Research and analysis
  14. India: coal block allocations since 1993 declared illegal

    • Research and analysis
  15. India: monthly trade report - August

    • Research and analysis
  16. India / S Africa: using science to advance green fuel production

    • Research and analysis
  17. India: economic report - July

    • Research and analysis
  18. India: Reserve Bank keeps rates on hold

    • Research and analysis
  19. India: Reserve Bank of India and infrastructure financing

    • Research and analysis
  20. India: monthly trade report - July

    • Research and analysis
  21. India: draft guidelines for small banks and payment banks

    • Research and analysis

Indonesia

  1. Indonesia - economy - 100 days Of President Widodo

    • Research and analysis
  2. Indonesia - transparency and corruption - progress but more to be done

    • Research and analysis
  3. Indonesia: Healthcare

    • Research and analysis
  4. Indonesia: prospects for growth in the economy

    • Research and analysis
  5. Indonesia: economic update: 2015 budget approved

    • Research and analysis
  6. Indonesia: Surabaya and Bandung - opportunities in second cities

    • Research and analysis
  7. Indonesia: Economic challenges facing the new government - September 2014

    • Research and analysis

Japan

  1. Japan economy - fourth consecutive trade deficit

    • Research and analysis
  2. Japan - Bank Of Japan forecasts much slower inflation but maintains policy

    • Research and analysis
  3. Japan: more government spending

    • Research and analysis
  4. Japan - monthly economic report December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  5. Japan - disappointing economic data in November 2015

    • Research and analysis
  6. Japan – monetary policy unchanged as stimulus package details emerge

    • Research and analysis
  7. Japan – monetary policy unchanged as stimulus package details emerge

    • Research and analysis
  8. Japan/US - the economic relationship

    • Research and analysis
  9. Japan - what's next for the nuclear industry, how can we benefit?

    • Research and analysis
  10. Japan - science and innovation newsletter - December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  11. Japan - mixed results for business confidence

    • Research and analysis
  12. Japan - economy - Q3 GDP revised down unexpectedly

    • Research and analysis
  13. Japan - impact of oil price falls

    • Research and analysis
  14. Japan: inflation drops below 1%.

    • Research and analysis
  15. Japan: visit of Secretary of State for culture, media and sport

    • Research and analysis
  16. Japan: No change in policy from the Bank of Japan

    • Research and analysis
  17. Japan: monthly economic report - October

    • Research and analysis
  18. Japan: climate change and energy round-up - November

    • Research and analysis
  19. Japan: Q3 GDP unexpectedly shrinks

    • Research and analysis
  20. Japan: LNG imports and nuclear restarts

    • Research and analysis
  21. Japan: background brief on science and innovation talks

    • Research and analysis
  22. Japan: visit by Lord Livingston

    • Research and analysis
  23. Japan: visit by UK energy minister

    • Research and analysis
  24. Japan: trade deficit hits a record

    • Research and analysis
  25. Japan: no new action by the Bank of Japan

    • Research and analysis
  26. Japan: Latest UK-Japan science and innovation newsletter

    • Research and analysis
  27. Japan economy: A better Tankan survey result gives cause for optimism

    • Research and analysis
  28. Japan: August consumption remains weak

    • Research and analysis
  29. Japan: climate change and energy round-up

    • Research and analysis
  30. Japan: monthly economic report - August

    • Research and analysis
  31. Japan: possible indicators of downside risks

    • Research and analysis
  32. Japan: monthly economic report - July

    • Research and analysis
  33. Japan: recent economic developments and the role of abenomics

    • Research and analysis
  34. Japan: monetary policy developments

    • Research and analysis

Korea (South)

  1. Korea - economic trends report

    • Research and analysis
  2. South Korea - economy in 2015 - prospects

    • Research and analysis
  3. South Korea - world anti-corruption day - action in South Korea

    • Research and analysis
  4. South Korea: Culture Secretary's visit

    • Research and analysis
  5. Korea: monthly economic report - September

    • Research and analysis
  6. Korea: large budget hike for 2015

    • Research and analysis
  7. South Korea: monthly economic report - August

    • Research and analysis
  8. South Korea: monthly economic report - August

    • Research and analysis

Kuwait

  1. Kuwait - visit of the Lord Mayor of London

    • Research and analysis
  2. Kuwait: GREAT British week and the instagram effect

    • Research and analysis

Malaysia

  1. Malaysia - visit of the Mayor of London

    • Research and analysis
  2. Malaysia: Grant Shapps’ visit makes a great impact

    • Research and analysis

Mexico

  1. Mexico - economic report December 2014

    • Research and analysis
  2. Mexico economic overview November 2014

    • Research and analysis
  3. Mexico: Visit of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

    • Research and analysis
  4. Mexico: A GREAT week to grow in Mexico

    • Research and analysis
  5. Mexico: monthly economic report - September

    • Research and analysis
  6. Mexico: monthly economic report - August

    • Research and analysis
  7. Mexico: energy reforms and opportunities for UK business

    • Research and analysis
  8. Mexico: monthly economic report - July

    • Research and analysis
  9. Mexico: road ahead for the economy

    • Research and analysis

Pakistan

  1. Pakistan - economy update January 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Pakistan: economics update - July 2014

    • Research and analysis

Philippines

  1. Philippines: UK takes Filipino delegation to Singapore

    • Research and analysis
  2. Philippines: Competitiveness

    • Research and analysis
  3. One hundred million strong - August 2014

    • Research and analysis
  4. Philippines: President's state of the nation address - August 2014

    • Research and analysis

Russia

  1. Russia Economic - Gaidar Forum 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Russia - currency response by central bank

    • Research and analysis
  3. Russia economic - interest rates increased to 10.5%

    • Research and analysis
  4. Russia: 19 November bond sale

    • Research and analysis
  5. Russia: economic update - October

    • Research and analysis
  6. Russia: rising inflation forces interest rate hike

    • Research and analysis
  7. Russia: rouble moves to full float

    • Research and analysis
  8. Russia: economic update

    • Research and analysis
  9. Russia: 2015 Budget

    • Research and analysis
  10. Russia: rouble reaches historic low against dollar

    • Research and analysis

Saudi Arabia

  1. Saudi Arabia - visit of the lord mayor of London

    • Research and analysis
  2. Saudi Arabia - record budget for 2015

    • Research and analysis

Singapore

Research and Analysis

  1. Singapore’s economy - prospects for 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. Singapore - Mayor of London’s visit to Singapore

    • Research and analysis
  3. Singapore: visit of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    • Research and analysis
  4. Economic update for Q2 2014 – August 2014

    • Research and analysis

South Africa

  1. South Africa - ready for carbon trading

    • Research and analysis
  2. South Africa: the economy

    • Research and analysis
  3. South Africa: visit of minister for africa

    • Research and analysis
  4. South Africa: visit of the Lord Mayor of London

    • Research and analysis
  5. South Africa: Lord Mayor's regional energy conference

    • Research and analysis
  6. South Africa: state of economic health - September 2014

    • Research and analysis
  7. India / S Africa: using science to advance green fuel production

    • Research and analysis
  8. South Africa - mining sector - an update

    • Research and analysis

Taiwan

  1. Taiwan – railways - background brief

    • Research and analysis
  2. Taiwan - visit by Grant Shapps MP, Minister without Portfolio

    • Research and analysis
  3. Taiwan: UK engagement in climate change and energy policy

    • Research and analysis

Thailand

  1. Thailand: Foreign Business Act

    • Research and analysis
  2. Thailand: economic confidence starts to return

    • Research and analysis

Turkey

  1. Turkey - interest rate cuts

    • Research and analysis
  2. Turkey – economy doing OK but could try harder

    • Research and analysis
  3. Turkey: Trade, investment, technology and Newton boost UK growth

    • Research and analysis
  4. Turkey: latest killer facts about the economy

    • Research and analysis
  5. Turkey: healthcare is GREAT week

    • Research and analysis

United Arab Emirates

  1. UAE - Arab Health - the UK in good shape

    • Research and analysis
  2. Dubai - Arab Health 2015 - background brief

    • Research and analysis
  3. UAE - Energy gap

    • Research and analysis
  4. UAE: Islamic finance - visit by Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    • Research and analysis
  5. UAE: UAE-UK Business Council revitalised and winning business

    • Research and analysis
  6. UAE: Competitiveness

    • Research and analysis
  7. UAE - visit of The Lord Mayor of the City of London

    • Research and analysis

Vietnam

  1. Vietnam - 2014 economic update and 2015 outlook

    • Research and analysis
  2. Vietnam: state-owned enterprise reform

    • Research and analysis
  3. Vietnam: Vietnam / UK Research institute

    • Research and analysis
  4. Vietnam: Lord Mayor's visit

    • Research and analysis
  5. Vietnam: Industrial growth boosts GDP

    • Research and analysis

ASEAN Reports

Research and Analysis

  1. ASEAN - economic bulletin - January 2015

    • Research and analysis
  2. SE Asia's Economy: Losing its Shine?

    • Research and analysis
  3. ASEAN: economic bulletin - October 2014

    • Research and analysis
  4. ASEAN: economic bulletin - Summer 2014

    • Research and analysis
  5. South East Asia: increasing engagement on intellectual property

    • Research and analysis

GCC Economics Bulletins

  1. GCC Economics Summary: November 2013

    • Research and analysis
  2. GCC Economics Summary: October 2013

    • Research and analysis
  3. GCC Economics Summary: September 2013

    • Research and analysis
  4. GCC Economics summary: July to August

    • Research and analysis

In Focus

  1. In focus: Panama - the Singapore of Latin America?

    • Research and analysis
  2. In focus: Bangladesh's path to prosperity

    • Research and analysis
  3. Burma: Forests

    • Research and analysis
  4. OECD: launch of Economic Outlook for SE Asia, China and India

    • Research and analysis