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Coface : 2007 Country risk credit ratings

31 January 2007 Coface / Sha-Izwe-CharlesSmith/Associates Commun

On the occasion of its annual conference on world country risk trends,
Coface reports a small increase in risks for 2007 after the broad
improvement in recent years.

► GDP growth will be slower in industrialised countries with risks higher in some
economic sectors and growth rates converging for the United States and European Union.
► Growth of foreign currency debt owed by companies would hamper emerging countries in face of an exchange rate crisis, a sudden downturn, or a loss of operator confidence linked to the governance problems in some of those countries.
► Asia continues to post record growth rates, but corporate risk is not improving. In China, a deterioration in payment behaviour is being noted.
► Latin America is the only region where risks will decline significantly in 2007, with the major economies in the region coming out of debt and thus fostering a more stable business environment.
► Activity in Central Europe and Turkey will remain dynamic but their companies have been taking on too much debt with the region by far the most vulnerable to currency risk.
► In the CIS, growth will remain robust but the risks associated with governance
shortcomings cannot be ignored.
► North Africa, the Near & Middle East will continue to benefit from a favourable
economic environment, but remain vulnerable to regional geopolitical developments and persistent governance weaknesses.
► Although sub-Saharan Africa will continue to consolidate its economic situation thanks notably to raw material prices, it will also remain affected by continuing political and governance deficiencies.

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