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With the recent launch of the $65-billion federal Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), we’ve adjusted our focus and flexibility to help Canadian companies challenged by the pandemic. For COVID-related queries and answers to your exporting questions, please visit our Export Help Hub. For timely economic insights, check out our Global Economic Outlook and get the latest news on the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement

EDC’s Country Risk Quarterly is sporting a fresh look and new focus. Our interactive tool offers timely information on 50 countries and allows you to stay up-to-date on country risk, including leveraging high-frequency data such as fluctuations in the stock market, exchange rates and bond spreads.



Top 5 country risk findings:

1. The short-term economic and political risk outlook is uniformly negative across the globe. Countries are seeing declines in access to liquidity.

2. Countries that were experiencing high debt conditions prior to the pandemic, are even more vulnerable as credit withdraws. Add in commodity price shocks and cuts in global demand and you have a recipe for numerous sovereign downgrades.

3. The world’s least developed economies are benefitting from official debt relief through 2020, but many emerging markets have been left out in the cold. 

4. As the coronavirus fuels discontent, political instability risks are rising worldwide. The outbreak and lockdown measures have already exacerbated underlying civic tensions in a number of global hotspots.

5. This is an unprecedented period of uncertainty in country risk that will require careful monitoring over the coming months.



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Oil price shock

The collapse in oil prices has created a major economic challenge for energy-exporting countries.

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Political unrest

As many countries face health and economic issues, protests against government actions are on the rise.

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Debt forgiveness

Many developing countries are negotiating immediate debt relief from international creditors such as the International Monetary Fund to give them financial support.


 

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