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Agri-food sector outlook: in a global economy marked by protectionist tensions, what does the future hold?
Central to the current trade tensions, notably between the USA and China, the global agri-food sector is impacted by knock on effects, notably via downward trends on the prices of key agri-food commodities, such as soybean. Coface has conducted an in-depth analysis of future trends in this market.
A particularly strategic sector, agri-food (along with ICT) is one of the sectors key to the current trade war between the United States and China. Recently, Chinese authorities have taken steps to ban all agri-food imports from the United States, in response to the tariff increases announced by the Trump administration
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The international credit insurance company presents its eleventh annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe – the Coface CEE Top 500. It ranks businesses by their turnover and additionally analyses further facts such as the number of employees, the framework of the companies, sectors and markets as well as the new Coface company credit assessments. The economic development of the CEE Top 500 is representative of the market trend in the entire region.Read More
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China coordinated its approach to 5G and some successes are already visible. However, China still relies on imports, especially for high-end products, leaving the sector exposed to protectionist threats. Moreover, the deployment of 5G networks by Chinese companies is perceived as a cybersecurity risk by many recipient countries. The US is banning Huawei equipment and pressing its allies to do the same, which could limit the growth of Chinese 5G in the future (...)Read More
Counterfeiting, e-commerce, Chinese consumers importance, even if it is generally relatively spared by recessions, the luxury market must adapt to a profoundly changing economy if it does not want to lose its exceptional status.Read More
How automation and digitization challenge the 'low cost', cheap labour paradigm? What are the potential implications of the global trade disturbances for small, open, export-oriented economies such as Bulgaria? Answers to these key questions that are expected to shape the global economy were sought by the participants in the 15th edition of the conference series “Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy”. The event organized by the Economic Policy Institute (EEP) was held on the 20th of March 2019 and this year’s topic was – “Global Macro-Trends: Impacts on CESEE. The Country Manager of Coface Bulgaria – Milena Videnova participated in the second panel of the conference – “The New Global Trade (Dis)order” with a presentation on the topic: “The perspectives to the world trade: freedom or protectionism?”.Read More
Coface Bulgaria invited customers and partners to the traditional New Year's cocktail under the theme "The Magic of Trade". The event that celebrated the 25-years-presence of Coface on the Bulgarian market was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, journalists, and representatives of leading international companies, as well as by partners and friends of Coface.Read More
French companies in 2019: Rise in insolvencies but higher margins will allow cushioning the impact of slowing global tradeRead More
The international credit insurance company Coface presents its tenth annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe – the Coface CEE Top 500. It ranks the businesses by their turnover and additionally analyses further facts such as the number of employees, the framework of the companies, sectors and markets as well as the new Coface company credit assessments. The trend of the CEE Top 500 reflects developments in the region.Read More