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    Biotechnologies: Europe struggles with China-US rivalry

    Biotechnology companies, more commonly known as biotechs, play a vital role in improving the treatment and survival of patients suffering from rare, difficult-to-treat diseases, as well as in safeguarding their well-being. Despite the importance of the sector in Europe, the continent is losing ground to the United-States and China.

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    Cocoa: a deceptive fall in prices?

    After reaching an all-time high in April (USD 10,000/ton), a far cry from the highs of 2009 and 2011 (USD 3,700/t), cocoa prices fell back to USD 7,000/t once the Easter celebrations were over. However, they remain three times higher than a year ago, and are set to stay there. The rise in cocoa bean prices, which can be partly explained by a frenzy of speculation on the markets, also reflects a shortage of supply, which is problematic in the medium term.

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    The proliferation of coups d'état in Africa: towards a new, more unstable era?

    In July and August 2023, coups d'état took place in Niger and Gabon, putting the spotlight back on this type of event. Looking at the evolution of coups d'état worldwide from 1950 to the present day, we observe that there has been a greater concentration of coups in Africa since the early 2000s, a trend that has been particularly confirmed over the last five years.

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    Construction & Energy transition: what are the growth drivers in a crisis sector?

    Rising interest rates and prices in commodities, global shortage of labour: is the construction sector affected by a crisis on all fronts? The sector is facing many difficulties that we expect to persist this year. However, there are plenty of opportunities for growth, in particular thanks to the growing needs associated with the energy transition.

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    Social & Political Risk: what to expect in 2024

    With national elections lined up in over 70 countries this year, half the world's population will be going to the polls. 2024 will be a pivotal year for global trade and (geo)political stability, with Coface's social and political risk index warning of a high-risk, shaky environment worldwide. Below we analyse the risks we’ll be tracking most closely this year. Find out more about the 3 risks to watch out for this year.

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    Pakistan: Hard work for a fragile government

    No single party managed to win an absolute majority in the contested legislative elections held on 8 February 2024. A total of 128.5 million voters were called to the polls, with a final turnout of 47%.

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