The Middle East & North Africa in 2017: Business as usual?

The Middle East & North Africa in 2017: Business as usual?

The Middle East & North Africa in 2017: Business as usual? Phil Broek, MENA Associate at Middleton Jones examines the outlook for UK trade relations in the forthcoming new year... To say that 2016 has been quite a year feels like a massive understatement; Terror attacks in Brussels, IS on the rampage, Syria in flames, refugee crisis, Brexit, falling Pound, Trump…I could go on but its nearly Christmas and I don’t want to add to your seasonal indigestion further. Besides which, being fearful of the future doesn’t really help does it? Not unless your business is making nuclear bomb shelters or anti-depressants. However, being forewarned is being forearmed as the saying goes, so I thought it may be helpful to look at how some of the key events of 2016 may shape the Middle-Eastern business environment for British companies in 2017 and beyond. Let’s start with Brexit – that dreadful term that sounds more like an on-the-go breakfast snack-bar than one of the...
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The known and the not-so known

The known and the not-so known

As the Brexit campaign gather momentum there are still calls for more facts.  Of course the difficulty is the fact that if UK stays in it will be business as usual whereas if we vote to leave any forecast of changes is of course just that – a forecast. We can make educated guesses and listen to the views of respected organisations but in the end we are in a potential situation that makes the future uncertain, hence only forecasts on our future with Europe can be given, not the facts that everyone is calling for. This reminds me of the quote by Rumsfeld: ... there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is...
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