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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.

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Australia

  1. Australia: new innovation policy links science with industry

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Australia: falling commodity prices take gloss off solid growth

    • 23 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Australia: economic update Q2

    • 22 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Brazil

  1. Brazil - economic focus January 2015

    • 30 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Brazil: land of opportunity for education

    • 24 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Brazil: Petrobras corruption arrests

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Brazil: economic focus - October

    • 21 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Brazil: economic focus and elections

    • 2 October 2014
    • Research and analysis

Chile

  1. Chile - economic policy - evolution not revolution

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Chile: delivering UKTI and prosperity objectives

    • 28 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Chile: expansion of renewable energy

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

    • 15 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Chile: investing in its mining future

    • 13 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

China

  1. China economy - the three Rs

    • 2 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. China - labour relations in Guangdong

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

    • 29 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  4. China - insurance regulators visit to the UK

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

    • 28 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  6. China - Premier Li pushes reform and Shenzhen Hong Kong Connect

    • 26 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  7. China Intellectual Property Newsletter

    • 30 January 2015
    • Guidance
  8. China in Numbers: New Year Special

    • 5 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  9. China - economic focus - December 2014

    • 19 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  10. Chinese outward investment - keeping up the pace

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  11. China - 2030 emissions peak - is industry shifting down a gear?

    • 11 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  12. End of high growth period for China’s housing market

    • 5 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  13. China: GREAT festival in Shanghai - two nights at the west end

    • 2 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  14. China: more reform than stimulus

    • 28 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  15. China: economic focus - November

    • 28 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  16. China: Yunnan Province: backwater and frontier

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  17. China: energy monthly: August to October

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  18. China: UK in Shenyang week

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  19. China: Leapfrogging to low carbon in Chongqing

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  20. China: sustainable urbanisation - training Chinese Mayors

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  21. China: economic focus - October

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  22. China: visit of Martin Donnelly (permanent-under-secretary, BIS)

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  23. China: carbon capture and storage (CCS)

    • 23 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  24. China: British Embassy’s prosperity fund supports PPP

    • 21 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  25. China: growth potential in Guizhou province

    • 13 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  26. China: Economic Focus - September

    • 20 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  27. China: Visit by the Lord Mayor of London

    • 9 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  28. China: GREAT British brands festival in Guangzhou

    • 8 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  29. China: politics update - October

    • 7 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  30. China: Shanghai - expectations disappoint on free trade zone

    • 30 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  31. China: details on banks' non performing loans

    • 22 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  32. China: reactions to latest economic data

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  33. China: UK-China symposium week

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  34. China: fiscal and tax reform since the third plenum

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

    • 26 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  36. China: central government vision on hukou reform

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  37. China: politics update - August

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  38. China: financial policy focus

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  39. China: monthly energy report - July

    • 13 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  40. China: state owned enterprise reform

    • 7 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  41. China: south china monitor on export and manufacturing

    • 7 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  42. China: intellectual property newsletter – issue 5

    • 7 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  43. China: ecoforum in Guizhou on cleaner coal

    • 4 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Egypt

  1. Egypt – open for business?

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

    • 20 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. Egypt - economic update - December 2014

    • 17 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Egypt: economic update - October

    • 9 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Egypt: economic update - August

    • 15 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. Egypt: general economic developments

    • 1 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. Egypt: economy at a glance

    • 1 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Hong Kong

  1. Hong Kong - overview of green finance trends

    • 29 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Hong Kong: Quarterly economic update - November

    • 5 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Hong Kong: Shanghai/Hong Kong Stock Connect (SHSKC)

    • 2 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Hong Kong: Occupy and the economy- report dated 6 October

    • 6 October 2014
    • Research and analysis

Hungary

  1. Hungary - economy- the bumblebee effect

    • 13 January 2015
    • Research and analysis

India

  1. India - monthly economic report - December 2014

    • 23 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. India: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) intermeeting rate cut

    • 16 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. India: Lord Mayor's Visit

    • 7 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  4. India - monthly economic report - November 2014

    • 17 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. India Economy - final guidelines for payment banks and small banks

    • 12 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. India: visit by Minister of State for universities, science and cities

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. India: monthly economic report - October

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. India: monthly economic report - September

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  9. India: visit of Secretary of State for culture, media and sport

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  10. India: visit by Secretary of State for business, innovation and skills

    • 21 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  11. India: new Chief Economic Adviser

    • 20 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  12. India: monthly trade report - September

    • 13 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  13. India: ASEAN services and investment deal

    • 23 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  14. India: coal block allocations since 1993 declared illegal

    • 15 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  15. India: monthly trade report - August

    • 9 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  16. India / S Africa: using science to advance green fuel production

    • 9 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  17. India: economic report - July

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  18. India: Reserve Bank keeps rates on hold

    • 11 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  19. India: Reserve Bank of India and infrastructure financing

    • 11 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  20. India: monthly trade report - July

    • 11 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  21. India: draft guidelines for small banks and payment banks

    • 4 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Indonesia

  1. Indonesia - economy - 100 days Of President Widodo

    • 3 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Indonesia - transparency and corruption - progress but more to be done

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Indonesia: Healthcare

    • 4 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Indonesia: prospects for growth in the economy

    • 25 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Indonesia: economic update: 2015 budget approved

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. Indonesia: Surabaya and Bandung - opportunities in second cities

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

    • 9 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Japan

  1. Japan economy - fourth consecutive trade deficit

    • 30 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Japan - Bank Of Japan forecasts much slower inflation but maintains policy

    • 22 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. Japan: more government spending

    • 16 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  4. Japan - monthly economic report December 2014

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

    • 5 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  6. Japan – monetary policy unchanged as stimulus package details emerge

    • 23 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. Japan – monetary policy unchanged as stimulus package details emerge

    • 23 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. Japan/US - the economic relationship

    • 22 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  9. Japan - what's next for the nuclear industry, how can we benefit?

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

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  11. Japan - mixed results for business confidence

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  12. Japan - economy - Q3 GDP revised down unexpectedly

    • 11 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  13. Japan - impact of oil price falls

    • 9 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  14. Japan: inflation drops below 1%.

    • 1 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  15. Japan: visit of Secretary of State for culture, media and sport

    • 1 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  16. Japan: No change in policy from the Bank of Japan

    • 24 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  17. Japan: monthly economic report - October

    • 24 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  18. Japan: climate change and energy round-up - November

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  19. Japan: Q3 GDP unexpectedly shrinks

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  20. Japan: LNG imports and nuclear restarts

    • 21 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  21. Japan: background brief on science and innovation talks

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  22. Japan: visit by Lord Livingston

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  23. Japan: visit by UK energy minister

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  24. Japan: trade deficit hits a record

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  25. Japan: no new action by the Bank of Japan

    • 9 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  26. Japan: Latest UK-Japan science and innovation newsletter

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  27. Japan economy: A better Tankan survey result gives cause for optimism

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  28. Japan: August consumption remains weak

    • 2 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  29. Japan: climate change and energy round-up

    • 24 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  30. Japan: monthly economic report - August

    • 15 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  31. Japan: possible indicators of downside risks

    • 1 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  32. Japan: monthly economic report - July

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  33. Japan: recent economic developments and the role of abenomics

    • 15 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  34. Japan: monetary policy developments

    • 11 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Korea (South)

  1. Korea - economic trends report

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

    • 22 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. South Korea - world anti-corruption day - action in South Korea

    • 12 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. South Korea: Culture Secretary's visit

    • 28 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Korea: monthly economic report - September

    • 23 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. Korea: large budget hike for 2015

    • 23 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. South Korea: monthly economic report - August

    • 22 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. South Korea: monthly economic report - August

    • 13 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Kuwait

  1. Kuwait - visit of the Lord Mayor of London

    • 28 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Kuwait: GREAT British week and the instagram effect

    • 16 April 2014
    • Research and analysis

Malaysia

  1. Malaysia - visit of the Mayor of London

    • 11 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Malaysia: Grant Shapps’ visit makes a great impact

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Mexico

  1. Mexico - economic report December 2014

    • 16 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Mexico economic overview November 2014

    • 9 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Mexico: Visit of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

    • 25 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Mexico: A GREAT week to grow in Mexico

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Mexico: monthly economic report - September

    • 20 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. Mexico: monthly economic report - August

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. Mexico: energy reforms and opportunities for UK business

    • 26 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. Mexico: monthly economic report - July

    • 22 August 2014
    • Research and analysis
  9. Mexico: road ahead for the economy

    • 22 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Pakistan

  1. Pakistan - economy update January 2015

    • 5 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Pakistan: economics update - July 2014

    • 30 July 2014
    • Research and analysis

Philippines

  1. Philippines: UK takes Filipino delegation to Singapore

    • 9 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Philippines: Competitiveness

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

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

    • 7 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

Russia

  1. Russia Economic - Gaidar Forum 2015

    • 26 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Russia - currency response by central bank

    • 17 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Russia economic - interest rates increased to 10.5%

    • 12 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Russia: 19 November bond sale

    • 24 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Russia: economic update - October

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. Russia: rising inflation forces interest rate hike

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. Russia: rouble moves to full float

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. Russia: economic update

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  9. Russia: 2015 Budget

    • 29 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  10. Russia: rouble reaches historic low against dollar

    • 26 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Saudi Arabia

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

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

    • 5 January 2015
    • Research and analysis

Singapore

Research and Analysis

  1. Singapore’s economy - prospects for 2015

    • 12 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Singapore - Mayor of London’s visit to Singapore

    • 11 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Singapore: visit of the Economic Secretary to the Treasury

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

    • 26 August 2014
    • Research and analysis

South Africa

  1. South Africa - ready for carbon trading

    • 5 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. South Africa: the economy

    • 8 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. South Africa: visit of minister for africa

    • 23 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. South Africa: visit of the Lord Mayor of London

    • 22 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. South Africa: Lord Mayor's regional energy conference

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

    • 9 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. India / S Africa: using science to advance green fuel production

    • 9 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  8. South Africa - mining sector - an update

    • 29 January 2015
    • Research and analysis

Taiwan

  1. Taiwan – railways - background brief

    • 23 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Taiwan - visit by Grant Shapps MP, Minister without Portfolio

    • 21 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. Taiwan: UK engagement in climate change and energy policy

    • 8 October 2014
    • Research and analysis

Thailand

  1. Thailand: Foreign Business Act

    • 11 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Thailand: economic confidence starts to return

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

Turkey

  1. Turkey - interest rate cuts

    • 23 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Turkey – economy doing OK but could try harder

    • 18 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Turkey: Trade, investment, technology and Newton boost UK growth

    • 5 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Turkey: latest killer facts about the economy

    • 29 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Turkey: healthcare is GREAT week

    • 17 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

United Arab Emirates

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

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

    • 26 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  3. UAE - Energy gap

    • 22 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. UAE: Islamic finance - visit by Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. UAE: UAE-UK Business Council revitalised and winning business

    • 6 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  6. UAE: Competitiveness

    • 24 September 2014
    • Research and analysis
  7. UAE - visit of The Lord Mayor of the City of London

    • 5 February 2015
    • Research and analysis

Vietnam

  1. Vietnam - 2014 economic update and 2015 outlook

    • 3 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Vietnam: state-owned enterprise reform

    • 14 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Vietnam: Vietnam / UK Research institute

    • 14 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. Vietnam: Lord Mayor's visit

    • 14 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. Vietnam: Industrial growth boosts GDP

    • 6 October 2014
    • Research and analysis

ASEAN Reports

Research and Analysis

  1. ASEAN - economic bulletin - January 2015

    • 2 February 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. SE Asia's Economy: Losing its Shine?

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

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

    • 27 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  5. South East Asia: increasing engagement on intellectual property

    • 30 September 2014
    • Research and analysis

GCC Economics Bulletins

  1. GCC Economics Summary: November 2013

    • 27 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. GCC Economics Summary: October 2013

    • 27 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. GCC Economics Summary: September 2013

    • 27 November 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. GCC Economics summary: July to August

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis

In Focus

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

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. In focus: Bangladesh's path to prosperity

    • 3 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  3. Burma: Forests

    • 20 October 2014
    • Research and analysis
  4. OECD: launch of Economic Outlook for SE Asia, China and India

    • 28 November 2014
    • Research and analysis