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Switzerland economy: Quick View - Government increases support to firms and individualsFeb 28, 2021
...Event On January ##th the Federal Council (the country's seven-member cabinet) proposed to increase the amount of money offered to firms negatively affected by coronavirus-related restrictions. The government also proposed expanding access to the short-time work...
Mozambique economy: Quick View - Covid-19 cases soar despite new restrictionsFeb 28, 2021
...Event As at January ##th the coronavirus (Covid-##) infection rate in Mozambique was increasing sharply, with ##,### total cases and ### deaths. Analysis More than half of all recorded cases are in Maputo, the capital, and the surrounding...
France economy: Quick View - Country posts mild GDP contraction in Q4Feb 28, 2021
...Event Real GDP contracted by #.#% quarter on quarter in the fourth quarter of ####, according to preliminary data published by INSEE (the French statistical office). Given that the country was in lockdown from late October until early December...
Morocco economy: Quick View - Country launches Covid-19 vaccination campaignFeb 28, 2021
...Event On January ##th Morocco started its coronavirus (Covid-##) vaccination campaign. The kingdom is one of the first countries in Africa to begin inoculating its population and expects to provide a vaccine free of charge to every Moroccan aged...
Ecuador politics: Quick View - Arauz holds lead going into first-round voteFeb 28, 2021
...Event Ahead of the February #th presidential election, the latest polling shows that Andres Arauz of the leftist Centro Democratico-Fuerza Compromiso Social coalition is leading Guillermo Lasso of the conservative Creando Oportunidades (Creo), whose party is in coalition with...
Sweden economy: Quick View - House prices increase by 6.3% in 2020Feb 28, 2021
...Event Data from Statistics Sweden show that real estate prices for one- or two-dwelling buildings rose by #.#% in ####. Analysis Sweden's property market has continued to boom, despite an estimated #.#% contraction in real GDP...
Lebanon economy: Quick View - Healthcare system approaches breaking pointFeb 28, 2021
...Event A short-sighted decision to reopen the country to tourists and returning Lebanese over the festive period-with the aim of securing much-needed foreign currency-has resulted in a major spike in Covid-## cases and pushed the...
Haiti politics: Quick View - UN to support controversial electionsFeb 28, 2021
...Event On January ##th the UN and the Haitian government signed an agreement confirming that the UN will provide technical and logistical support to the government, led by Jovenel Moïse, for the organisation of various elections scheduled for...
Turkey economy: Quick View - Outlook for tourism remains poorFeb 28, 2021
...Event The number of foreign visitors who arrived in Turkey in #### tumbled to just ##.#m, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism-##.#% lower than the record of ##.#m in ####. Analysis International tourism has...
Austria economy: Quick View - Economy hit hard in Q4Feb 28, 2021
...Event The Austrian economy shrank by #.#% year on year in ####, according to seasonally and working-day adjusted preliminary figures from Wifo (the Austrian Institute for Economic Research). In quarterly terms, the economy shrank by #.#% during...
Spain economy: Quick View - Halt in vaccination campaign will delay recoveryFeb 28, 2021
...Event The Spanish government is delaying its vaccination programme owing to a shortage of jabs, and amid a steep rise of coronavirus (Covid-##) cases. Analysis After getting off to a slow start, Spain's vaccination programme is now running...
Spain economy: Quick View - Real GDP grew by 0.4% quarter on quarter in Q4 2020Feb 28, 2021
...Event In the fourth quarter of ####, Spain's real GDP increased by a quarterly #.#% (seasonally and working-day adjusted), according to provisional data published by the National Statistics Institute (INE). This followed an increase of ##.#...
Switzerland economy: Quick View - External demand hit in DecemberFeb 28, 2021
...Event Export revenue contracted by #.#% year on year in December and, on average, export receipts declined by #.#% in the fourth quarter of ####. Meanwhile, import costs declined by ##.#% in December and #.#% on...
Azerbaijan/Turkmenistan economy: Quick View - Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan strike Caspian Sea dealFeb 28, 2021
...Event The Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev, and his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, signed a preliminary agreement on January ##st regarding a hydrocarbons field in the Caspian Sea. The field, which contains both oil and gas, has long been an issue...
US/Palestine politics: Quick View - US to mend ties with PalestiniansFeb 28, 2021
...Event On January ##th the US announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Palestine and to resume aid. Analysis The plan announced by the acting US ambassador to the UN, Richard Mills, is the first concrete sign of a more...
Bolsonaro fires Petrobras CEO after fuel price risesFeb 23, 2021
...Event On February ##th the president, Jair Bolsonaro, abruptly appointed a replacement CEO at Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company, following fuel price adjustments amid rising international prices. Analysis The development raises broader concerns about a shift to more interventionist...
Reports claim Israel will purchase Russian vaccine for SyriaFeb 23, 2021
...Event On February ##th international media reports emerged claiming that Israel would finance the purchase of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for distribution and use in Syria, as part of a Russian-mediated prisoner swap arrangement. Analysis The reports claim...
G7 pledges to ship vaccines to developing countriesFeb 23, 2021
...Event On February ##th G# leaders pledged to make financial contributions totalling US$#.#bn to the World Health Organisation (WHO)-led COVAX initiative for the distribution of coronavirus (Covid-##) vaccines. France and the UK also promised to ship...
Philippines approves third Covid vaccine for emergency useFeb 23, 2021
...Event On February ##nd the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for CoronaVac, the coronavirus (Covid-##) vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech (China). Analysis The EUA clears CoronaVac for use on "clinically healthy" individuals...
Argentina: Currency forecastFeb 23, 2021
...COUNTRY BRIEFING FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT These forecasts were prepared on February #, #### Download the numbers in Excel Download the numbers in Excel Download the numbers in Excel Download the numbers in Excel PREVIOUS AVAILABLE SIX MONTHS Download...