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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, an interactive tool, offers timely information on 50 countries and allows you to stay on top of 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 generally negative across the globe.

2. Countries carrying high-debt loads before the pandemic are particularly vulnerable to new shocks, including changes in market sentiment and financing conditions. A lag in widely distributing vaccines to emerging markets increases their risk to tightening global interest rates before their economies begin recovering.  

3. The world’s least developed economies are benefiting from official debt relief, but some emerging markets have been left out in the cold, despite facing similar liquidity pressures. While there hasn’t yet been a wave of defaults, sovereign credit quality in frontier markets continues to decline.  

4. Political instability risks are rising as COVID-19 and associated lockdown measures are exacerbating underlying civic tensions in several global hotspots. The coronavirus isn’t directly responsible for unrest, but it’s shone a spotlight on, and fuelled, pre-existing societal fissures. 

5. The economic recovery is poised to be slow and uneven, with some sectors—agriculture, consumer goods, forestry and chemicals—expected to outperform others.

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