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Political risk versus passport strength






Sovereign states are less welcoming to visitors from countries with a higher political risk climate:

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Shale Gas is a Risk, Opportunity for Nigeria

Shale Gas is a Risk, Opportunity for Nigeria











The Partner and Global Chairman, Energy and Natural Resources Sector, KPMG, Mr. Michiel Soeting, has said that the discovery of shale gas in the United States, which is a major importer of Nigeria’s crude oil, would pose a threat to Nigeria and at the same time provides an opportunity for the country to diversify its economy.

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Spotlight on Angola











KPMG Angola works with some of the most prominent companies, both private and public, in every relevant economic sector, providing auditing, tax, accounting, business advisory, financial advisory and IT advisory services. KPMG Angola’s main assets are its people, in-depth experience and reputation and the firm is committed in contributing to Angola’s economic and social development, through its services, its focus on people and development of knowledge, and commitment to the communities.

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The REACT experience: Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies











The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund has challenged private businesses to do just that. Its Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies (REACT) funding window calls for businesses to propose and test out innovative models …

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Economic Outlook: Global











As of April 2013, the global economic growth outlook seemed to have shown some improvement, however, the current bullishness in global stock markets has not come as a result of confidence in economic fundamentals, but rather the effects of major central banks using their domestic portfolio balance channels to reflate risky assets.

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KPMG Barometer reports continuous decrease of fraud risk











According to the Fraud Risk Barometer, the occurrence of reported fraud has decreased from 503 in the first half of 2012 to 348 cases in the second half of 2012. It is the third consecutive period where a decrease in reported fraud and corruption …

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Insurance

Invest Africa: Insurance











Africa’s insurance market remains very small when compared to those in developed countries. The market contributes approximately 2% to GDP and caters to less than 5% of the population. Insurance is a grudge purchase and is heavily influenced by income levels. Short-term insurance currently makes up 90% of the African market and life insurance a meagre 10%.

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Sustainability Megaforces and the Insurance Industry











Many international and local companies have introduced products responding to changing consumer needs and consumer preferences shifting to more sustainable behaviour – these include products targeting new and growing industry sectors, products with a ‘green’ element and products responding to new and increasing risks.

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Sustainability Megaforces: Is the insurance industry prepared?











The insurance industry relies on the ability to make informed predictions of future events as the basis for taking actions in the present. increased severity and/ or frequency of weather events, if not adequately accounted for, will mean that claims exceed levels predicted by actuarial models, and premiums will not be set correctly. Figure 2 illustrates the trends in the number of disasters reported internationally per year.

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