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South Africa’s economic freedom score is 58.3, making its economy the 102nd freest in the 2019 Index. However, the country was able to retain its investment-grade credit rating because of significant policy improvements after President Cyril Ramaphosa took office in February 2018. The new government has restored macroeconomic stability but still faces rising public debt, inefficient state-owned enterprises, and spending pressures that have reduced the country’s global competitiveness.
Malaysian economy decelerated to a three-year low in the third quarter as the U.S.-China trade rift and the global tech slump continued to weigh on demand for Malaysian electronic products, causing exports of goods and services to fall in Q3. Uncertainty over the trade outlook for the U.S.-China rift will likely continue to hamper the external sectors. However, a rebound in fixed investment would counter the slowdown. Experts forecast the economy growing 4.3% in 2020
Myanmar’s macroeconomic performance improved in 2018 as recovery in the agriculture sector, rising oil and gas prices, and substantial growth in several manufacturing segments helped the country regain positive momentum. The country’s growth is projected to further accelerate to 6.7 percent in by 2020/21. Growth will be supported by building reform momentum, planned large infrastructure projects and investment in sectors undergoing liberalization. Growth continues to be broad-based, supported by the industrial and service sectors. Industrial activities revived, supported by strong performance in the garments sector and construction activities. Services remain the key driver of growth with momentum building in the wholesale and retail sector supported by reforms.
Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy, rich in all types of natural resources as well as cultural diversity. A young and dynamic democracy, it is urbanizing and modernizing rapidly. In contrast with most OECD countries and many emerging economies, around half of the population is under 30 years old, and the working-age population ratio is set to rise during the next decade. In recent years, there has been a strong support from the central government to curb Indonesia’s traditional reliance on (raw) commodity exports, while raising the role of the manufacturing industry within the economy. Infrastructure development is also a key goal of the government.
Pakistan’s GDP growth is expected to dip a bit in 2020 and this is attributed to slowing domestic consumption, higher taxes and tight monetary conditions. However, the ongoing reforms are projected to support growth.
Although Saudi Arabia has an Oil based economy with about 16% of the World’s proven petroleum reserves, bolstering the non-oil economy is crucial to the success of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s blueprint to wean the kingdom from its reliance on income from crude exports. As a result, Gross domestic product grew 1.2 percent in the first three months of 2018 compared with a year ago. The non-oil economy grew 1.6 percent from 1.3 percent in the first quarter of 2018.
With the rise in costs and currency valuation in China, Bangladesh has become the major sourcing destination for Textiles and Garments. Please click on following link to get a better perspective on sourcing opportunities in Bangladesh.
Ethiopia is the new frontier country when it comes to Textile sourcing. Please download the Ethiopia Sourcing White Paper if you want to find out about how you might benefit from this new emerging country.
China is the world’s second largest economy by nominal GDP and one of world’s export powerhouses offering un-rivaled cost saving potential as a global sourcing and manufacturing centre due to its abundant low cost skilled labour force, low cost raw materials, excellent infrastructure system and a large and sophisticated manufacturing base.
The economy is truly globalising and the BRIC countries are increasing their share of world trade. To measure the trends in intra-trade between the BRIC countries, Dragon Sourcing initiated a survey with Brazilian companies to evaluate sourcing trends between Brazilian companies and Asian suppliers with a special focus on China.
Vietnam emerges as an attractive low cost country source offering an alternative to China in an increasing number of supply markets.
China Go West Sourcing
Under increasing price pressure along the east coast of China, companies are exploring opportunities to source from more remote provinces in in Western China.
Latin America Sourcing
Report details the key drivers for companies sourcing from Latin American markets and especially Brazil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us. Use our contact form or arrange a callback with a consultant.
What kind of products & services do you source?
We can source any product or service from commodity to customised. Check our Category Expertise section to see the range.
What kind of businesses do you work with?
We work with small to multi-national companies that are looking to procure goods and services from emerging markets for export or to support their local operations.
Do you have preferred relationships with suppliers?
We are supplier independent, we never take commissions from suppliers, and we conduct our procurement on an objective and documented basis.
How long does it take to quantify the potential value opportunity?
From initial brief to quantifying the potential value opportunity, takes between a few days for categories we know well to 2 months for new categories.
How long does it take to fully qualify a new supplier?
To qualify a new supplier that has been identified as offering potential value, takes between a few weeks for simple off-the-shelf products to several months for complex custom engineered products.