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„Doing business with Southern Africa: the role or risk Seminar "Trade Africa - Transfer des Fachprogramms und der Erfahrungen in Deutschland“ in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2-7, 2008. Objectives Introduction Country analysis and political risk assessment Negotiation strategies

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„Doing business with Southern Africa: the role or risk Seminar "Trade Africa - Transfer des Fachprogramms und der Erfahrungen in Deutschland“ in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2-7, 2008

4.04 Business Development and Infrastructure: Trade Africa - Training in Export Promotion

political risk and negotiation strategies
Objectives

Introduction

Country analysis and political risk assessment

Negotiation strategies

Strategic management and political risk.

Political risk andnegotiation strategies

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objectives
Examine the nature of political risk.

Understand how to apply some of the tools and resources companies can use to measure and forecast political risk.

Discuss some of the ways that firms manage risk.

Review typical strategies and tactics used in negotiating agreements.

Objectives

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introduction
Country risk analysis examines the chances of non-market events (political, social and economic) causing financial, strategic or personnel losses to a firm following FDI in a specific country market.Introduction

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generic pest framework
The generic political, economic, social (or “socio-cultural”) and technology (PEST) framework is used to:

map out particular competitive environments or investment contexts for firms at the regional or national level.

compare country conditions.

build future scenarios to understand short-term and long-term threats and opportunities.

Generic PEST framework

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figure 1 pest framework for country analysis
Figure 1:PEST framework for country analysis

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desirable additions to the pest framework
In addition to the PEST framework, managers must add:

Depth of knowledge

risk assessments by political scientist and analysts

economic analysis

social analysis

Foresight

accurate scenario-building.

Desirable additions to the PEST framework

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RISK
  • This is the Chinese character for ‘risk’. The first symbol is the symbol for “danger”, while the second is the symbol for “opportunity”.
  • Risk is seen as danger and opportunity combined.

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the nature of political risk

The nature of political risk

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levels of political risk
Macro political risk: a risk that affects all foreign enterprises in the same way

Micro political risk: a risk that affects selected sectors of the economy or specific foreign businesses.

Levels of political risk

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types of political risk
Legal-governmentalrisks are potentially harmful to foreign businesses but are the product of, or permissible within, the existing political, economic and legislative system.

Non-legal or extra-governmentalrisks lie outside the system and are a violation of existing laws.

Types of political risk

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Figure 2 Types and levels of political risk

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Table 1: Political risk: sources, agents, and effects

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country analysis and political risk assessment

Country analysis and political risk assessment

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risk assessment
Forecasting political risk:

informal approaches for assessing risk

formal systematic procedures for assessing risk

ad hoc groups, standing committees

Focus of assessment:

the political system in which the company will be doing business

the goods to be produced and the operations to be carried out

Quantifying risk vulnerability.

Risk assessment

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quantifying risk vulnerability
The political/legal, economic, sociocultural and technological environment of a foreign country has different implications depending on the type of international business that a firm is evaluating.

For example: export restrictions are more important if a firm is seeking to set up a plant to produce goods for exports than if the products are for the local market.

Quantifying risk vulnerability

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Table 2: The Weighted Country Risk Assessment Model

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Table 2 Continued

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