Caucasus Country Risk Report

Providing comprehensive data and in-depth analysis of political, financial and economic risk.

Report includes: BMI's Core Views, 10-year Forecasts, BMI's Economic Risk Index, Political Stability and Risk Index, Long-term Political Outlook, Operational Risk Index, SWOT Analysis and Structural Economic Sections

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Caucasus Country Risk Report
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Core Views

  • Political tensions in the South Caucasus will remain high over the coming years as increased Russian intervention in Georgia's breakaway territories fuels concerns that Russia will attempt to annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Meanwhile, Azerbaijani-Armenian relations will remain strained over the conflict surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • Armenia's economy will continue to struggle during 2016-2017 primarily due to its trade and remittance flow links with ailing Russia. Beyond this we continue to see little means of diversifying its growth model away from one driven by private consumption underpinned by volatile remittance flows.

  • Georgian real GDP growth will slow over the next two years relative to the 5.9% average growth achieved between 2011 and 2015 due to exposure to Russia's economic crisis, which has been triggered by Western sanctions and magnified by a dramatic fall in global oil prices. We forecast the Russian economy to contract 1.0% in real terms 2016, following a 3.7% contraction in 2015.

  • Azerbaijan will continue to tread a fine line between siding with either Russia or the EU. Azerbaijan's economic interests can be better served by increasing trade and energy routes with the EU, while maintaining good relations with Moscow will likely assist in keeping the autocratic regime of President Ilham Aliyev in power.

Key Risks

  • Given the close links between the Armenian economy and Russia the selloff in the Russian rouble, the collapse in global oil prices and the ongoing Western sanctions on Russia will all serve to constrain Russian real GDP growth. This in turn will see Armenian growth remain subdued as demand for exports remains stagnant. However, an alleviation of the sanctions, a sustained rise in oil prices and a strengthening of the rouble could all see Russian growth restored, which in turn would provide a notable boost to the Armenian economy, as exports rise and remittance flows from Russia increase.

  • Azerbaijan's reliance on government support for a rebalancing towards the non-oil sector could prove problematic. Levels of perceived corruption are extremely high, which could prove a deterrent to investment. This is highlighted by Azerbaijan's below-average score of 46.5 out of 100 in our Operational Risk Index, which is below average among EM and global peers.

BMI Index League Tables
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Core Views
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Key Risks
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Chapter 1
13
Economic Growth Outlook
13
Another Difficult Year Ahead
13
DP By Expenditure Outlook
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TABLE: GDP GROWTH FORECASTS
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TABLE: PRIVATE CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
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TABLE: GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
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TABLE: FIXED INVESTMENT FORECASTS
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TABLE: NET EXPORTS FORECASTS
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Chapter 1
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The Armenian Economy To 2025
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Convergence To Stall
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TABLE: LONG-TERM MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS
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Chapter 1
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Domestic Politics
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Cementing One-Party Rule
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TABLE: POLITICAL OVERVIEW
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TABLE: MAIN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
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Long-Term Political Outlook
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Mitigation Of Regional Tensions Key To Stability
21
Chapter 2
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Economic Growth Outlook
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Manat Devaluation To Stifle Growth
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TABLE: GDP GROWTH FORECASTS
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TABLE: PRIVATE CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
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TABLE: GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
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TABLE: FIXED INVESTMENT FORECASTS
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GDP By Expenditure Outlook
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TABLE: NET EXPORTS FORECASTS
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Chapter 2
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The Azeri Economy To 2025
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Trend Growth Bolstered During 2018-2025
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TABLE: LONG-TERM MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS
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Chapter 2
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Domestic Politics
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Neutrality Will Remain The Best Option
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TABLE: POLITICAL OVERVIEW
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Long-Term Political Outlook
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Everything Hinges On Nagorno-Karabakh
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Chapter 3
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Economic Growth Outlook
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Growth To Pick Up Slowly
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Chapter 3
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The Georgian Economy To 2025
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Foreign Investment Will Support Growth
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TABLE: LONG-TERM MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS
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Chapter 3
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Domestic Politics
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No Favourite In The 2016 Legislative Election
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TABLE: POLITICAL OVERVIEW
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Long-Term Political Outlook
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Pro-Western Path To Continue Despite Mounting Opposition
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Chapter 4: BMI Global Macro Outlook
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Global Macro Outlook
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Unfinished Business In 2016
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TABLE: GLOBAL ASSUMPTIONS
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TABLE: DEVELOPED STATES, REAL GDP GROWTH, %
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TABLE: BMI VERSUS BLOOMBERG CONSENSUS REAL GDP GROWTH FORECASTS, %
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TABLE: EMERGING MARKETS, REAL GDP GROWTH, %
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TABLE: ARMENIA - MACROECONOMIC DATA & FORECASTS
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TABLE: AZERBAIJAN - MACROECONOMIC DATA & FORECASTS
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TABLE: GEORGIA - MACROECONOMIC DATA & FORECASTS
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