Namibia 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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  • Understand and measure the political, business environment and operational risks to your company
  • Gain insight on emerging trends that could support, strengthen or disrupt your activities in the market
  • Benefit from 10-year macroeconomic forecasts and insight into the structural characteristics of the economy
  • Get the long-term political outlook and explore possible scenarios for change
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Namibia Country Risk Report
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Core Views:

  • Namibia's economic growth outlook over the next 10 years will be underpinned by key sectors such as manufacturing; tourism and construction, which will be supported by the government. We note that utility shortages will continue to weigh on business operations, especially in the mining industry.

  • Fiscal revenues will remain under strain over the next three years owing to subdued trade receipts. This will prompt a modest cutback in government expenditure over the same period, but this will only gradually ease the country's sizable fiscal deficits in the years ahead.

  • The Bank of Namibia (BoN) will continue hiking the repo rate in the months ahead in a bid to combat elevated food and utilities price growth, and keep its monetary policy trajectory aligned with the South African Reserve Bank. The BoN will hit the top of its hiking cycle by end-2016, and keep the benchmark policy rate on hold at 7.50% through 2017 as inflation begins to cool.

  • Namibia's current account deficit will widen to 13.0% of GDP in 2016 due to deterioration in the trade balance. From 2017 onwards, external dynamics will improve, driven by foreign direct investment and a recovery in prices of the country's mined commodities.

  • The Namibian government's inefficient allocation of public funds during a period when the country is struggling against inadequate housing, water, and employment provision will add to the growing tensions between elements of the population and the government. However, with one of the most stable histories in Sub-Saharan Africa, we do not believe this will escalate to the point where social unrest weighs on the economy.

Major Forecast Changes:

  • We have revised real GDP growth for 2015 from 3.9% to 5.7% after latest data was released. As a result, we have made minor adjustments to real GDP forecasts over the next 10 years.

Key Risks:

  • Namibia's small, open economy is highly exposed to events on the world stage. While we have incorporated the ongoing global malaise into our economic forecasts, if the situation abroad deteriorates (or conversely, improves) more than we anticipate, it would affect Namibia's overall growth.

  • Much of the economy remains closely tied to agriculture, and weather poses substantial risks, as illustrated by the ongoing drought, which has threatened yields and food security. Changing weather conditions will affect growth, inflation and trade.

  • Namibia's statistics has been subject to multiple revisions and this weighs on overall data for the country.

Macroeconomic Forecasts (Namibia 2014-2017)
Indicator 2014 2015e 2016f 2017f
e/f=BMI estimate/forecast. Source: National Sources/BMI
Real GDP growth, % y-o-y 6.3 5.7 4.1 4.5
Nominal GDP, USDbn 12.8 11.5 10.4 11.1
Consumer price inflation, % y-o-y, eop 4.7 3.7 6.7 5.7
Exchange rate NAD/USD, eop 11.55 15.48 15.80 16.75
Budget balance, % of GDP -5.6 -6.9 -5.0 -4.1
Current account balance, % of GDP -8.7 -10.7 -13.0 -12.0
Executive Summary
5
Core Views
5
Major Forecast Change
5
Key Risks
5
Chapter 1: Economic Outlook
7
SWOT Analysis
7
BMI Economic Risk Index
7
Economic Growth Outlook
8
Low Commodity Prices Will Keep Recovery Subdued
8
GDP By Expenditure Outlook
9
TABLE: GDP GROWTH FORECASTS
9
TABLE: PRIVATE CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
9
TABLE: GOVERNMENT CONSUMPTION FORECASTS
9
TABLE: FIXED INVESTMENT FORECASTS
10
TABLE: NET EXPORTS FORECASTS
10
Fiscal Policy And Public Debt Outlook
10
Dwindling Revenues To Spur Fiscal Consolidation
10
Structural Fiscal Position
12
TABLE: MAIN REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES
12
External Trade And Investment Outlook
13
Growing Concerns Over Current Account Deficit
13
Outlook On External Position
14
TABLE: CAPITAL & FINANCIAL ACCOUNT BALANCE
15
TABLE: TOP 5 GOODS EXPORTS IN 2015
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TABLE: TOP 5 GOODS IMPORTS IN 2014
15
Monetary Policy
16
Rate Hikes Will Follow Regional Hawkish Stance
16
Monetary Policy Framework
18
Chapter 2: 10-Year Forecast
19
The Namibian Economy To 2025
19
Resource Powered Growth
19
TABLE: LONG-TERM MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS
19
Chapter 3: Political Outlook
21
SWOT Analysis
21
BMI Political Risk Index
21
Domestic Politics
22
Politicisation Of Land And Housing Issues To Persist
22
TABLE: POLITICAL OVERVIEW
22
Long-Term Political Outlook
24
Stability Likely To Prevail Over The Coming Decade
24
Chapter 4: Operational Risk
27
SWOT Analysis
27
Operational Risk Index
27
Operational Risk
28
TABLE: OPERATIONAL RISK
28
Economic Openness
29
TABLE: TOP FIVE TRADE PARTNERS PRODUCT IMPORTS, 2007-2013
30
TABLE: FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS
32
TABLE: FREE TRADE ZONES AND INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
34
Availability Of Labour
36
TABLE: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA - AVAILABILITY OF LABOUR RISK
37
TABLE: EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR (-000)
38
TABLE: TOP SOURCE COUNTRIES FOR MIGRANTS INTO (-000)
39
Chapter 5: BMI Global Macro Outlook
43
Global Macro Outlook
43
Emerging Markets Nearing Inflexion Point
43
TABLE: GLOBAL ASSUMPTIONS
43
TABLE: DEVELOPED STATES, REAL GDP GROWTH, %
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TABLE: BMI VERSUS BLOOMBERG CONSENSUS REAL GDP GROWTH FORECASTS, %
44
TABLE: EMERGING MARKETS, REAL GDP GROWTH, %
45
TABLE: MACROECONOMIC DATA & FORECASTS
47

The Namibia Country Risk Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in The Namibia and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market..

An influential new analysis of The Namibia's economic, political and financial prospects through end-2017, just published by award-winning forecasters, Business Monitor International (BMI).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of The Namibia's economic and industry growth through end-2017.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the business environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise The Namibia's country risks against regional peers using BMI's country comparative Risk Ratings system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business inThe Namibia, including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.

The Namibia Country Risk Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) includes three major sections: Economic Outlook, Political Outlook and Business Environment.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Namibian economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2013-2017?

BMI provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for The Namibia through end-2017 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Namibia Country Risk Report features BMI's forecasts with supporting analysis for 2013 through to end-2017, set against government views and BMI's evaluation of global and regional prospects.

Key Areas Covered:

Data:

  • Full 10-year forecasts with data - for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • BMI's comprehensive Risk Ratings system - rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity - real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments - trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy - interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy - currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy - macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt - debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector exposure).
  • Global Assumptions - forecasts for each year to end-2017 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon BMI's 100% independent forecast scenarios for The Namibia and underlying assumptions - we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of BMI's comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on The Namibia, sourced and fully maintained by BMI from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company's business prospects, from BMI's team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in The Namibia over the next 5-years?

BMI's The Namibia country Risk Ratings evaluate the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the The Namibian Market - Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing The Namibia.
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment - BMI's Risk Ratings assess explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest ratings, rankings and trends for The Namibia's risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making BMI assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark The Namibia's risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company's current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through BMI's specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.

Business Environment

Business Environment Risk Ratings with SWOT Analysis - Business environment Risk Ratings for The Namibia, benchmarked against ratings for regional neighbours.

Country Competitiveness - Competitiveness of The Namibia's business operating environment in supporting corporate growth and profitability, compared with regional neighbours.

Business Environment Contents

  • Domestic Environment - Transparency, cronyism and corruption; labour market flexibility; corporate tax burden; interest rate levels; sophistication of banking sector and stock market; levels of business confidence; infrastructure and IT.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - Analysis of foreign investment regime; foreign ownership laws; attractiveness of business environment to foreign investors.
  • Foreign Trade - Analysis of trading environment, government trade policy, liberalisation measures, tariffs and membership of trade areas.

Key Benefits

  • Assess your company's evolving exposure to country specific operational and business risks, using BMI's in-depth analysis of the legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Understand your market's comparative strengths and weaknesses in the key areas of commercial infrastructure and business institutions, using BMI's proprietary global Business Environment Risk Ratings.