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Country Report Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s economy performed rather well in 2013 and the economic outlook remains favourable. However, its institutional framework has weakened further and the president can now be re-elected and be elected for more than two times.

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Country Report Brazil

Economic growth in Brazil is likely to fall below 1% in 2014, as both investment and consumption have been weakening. In the second quarter, the economy officially entered a recession. Meanwhile, the October 2014 presidential elections have become very competitive after Marina Silva’s entry to the race.

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Country Report Sint Maarten

St. Maarten has experienced moderate economic growth in 2013. One of St. Maarten’s challenges remains building up an institutional framework, as it currently lacks the human and financial resources to develop a good functioning administration.

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Country Report Curaçao

Curaçao had a slightly disappointing economic performance in 2013. However, both Curaçao’s external position and public finances improved. Nevertheless, these remain important weaknesses.

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Country Report Tunisia

Two political assassinations threw Tunisia in a crisis and hurt economic growth in 2013. In 2014, the political and security environment improved, as a new technocratic government fostered progress on the transition to democracy.

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Country Report Botswana

As Botswana is heading for elections, more is likely to stay the same. The same party will continue to rule (since 1966), and the country remains overly dependent on diamonds.

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Country Report Angola

Stagnating oil production lowered economic growth in 2013, highlighting Angola’s dependence on the energy sector. The political scene was dominated by a succession debate.

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Country Report Uzbekistan

Real GDP growth in Uzbekistan is likely to weaken somewhat in the coming years, but remain sound on the back of high (public) investment growth. Would president Karimov decide to run for another term, political uncertainty will be eased, but only temporarily.

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Country Report Mongolia

Mongolia’s foreign exchanges reserves have decreased rapidly, as FDI in the mining sector has plunged, while import demand has remained high on the back of loose macroeconomic policies.

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Country Report Colombia

Colombia is moving closer to achieving peace with the central FARC-command, after president Santos won the second round of the presidential elections. Meanwhile, the economy is booming, presenting both challenges and opportunities.

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Country Report Macedonia

Economic growth in Macedonia is expected to remain relatively robust, underpinned by recent reform efforts and FDI inflows. However, impediments to EU membership remain.

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Country Report Morocco

In 2013, economic growth in Morocco accelerated, but it is likely to slow down somewhat in 2014. Morocco has been able to reduce its twin deficits somewhat, though these deficits remain sizeable.

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Country Report Ghana

Economic growth in Ghana has fallen somewhat, but is likely to remain relatively high. However, high twin deficits leave the country vulnerable to a deterioration of external conditions.

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Country Report Ethiopia

Ethiopia continues to record robust growth. However, the state-led development model is con-straining the private sector and has resulted, from time to time, in macroeconomic imbalances, and therefore seems unsustainable in the long term.

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Country Report Nigeria

After a rebasing exercise, Nigeria became the largest economy of Africa. However, this does not reduce Nigeria’s large structural issues, and instability and violence could worsen ahead of elections in 2015.