FT-MIGA Summit: Managing Global Political Risk -
Into the Breach
5 December 2013 - The Hyatt Churchill, London
A difficult global economic climate has led investors to seek out yield in emerging and frontier markets, often requiring negotiation with nations that have limited experience in dealing with private counterparties. Tightening public budgets and a spate of high-profile disputes with protectionist governments have set off alarm bells within the investment community. High commodity prices have resulted in a resurgence of resource nationalism. Against this backdrop investors in these markets are increasingly mindful of the importance and implications of contractual risk where there is a public counterparty. Rather than historic concerns about war and civil disturbance, or even straight expropriation, it is the contract-level enforcement and consistency which is increasingly dominating political risk concerns.FT-MIGA Summit: Managing Global Political Risk - Into the Breach, organised by the Financial Times in partnership with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group, featured a combination of insightful presentations and interactive panel discussions that explored new innovations to support market-based approaches to development, the factors that contribute to governments breaching contracts with private counterparties, the growing threats of resource nationalism, and the steps that international corporate investors must take to mitigate risks and protect their businesses by creating transparent relationships with emerging countries.
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