Business Monitor International


Switzerland Business Forecast Report

Published 29 January 2014

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Switzerland Business Forecast Report
SWITZERLAND - ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014f 2015f 2016f 2017f 2018f
Nominal GDP, CHFbn 1 554.4 572.7 585.1 591.9 603.2 623.4 636.7 650.3 666.8 685.4
Nominal GDP, USDbn 1 510.7 549.2 611.8 636.4 655.7 641.2 639.5 640.5 651.8 672.6
Real GDP growth, % y-o-y 1 -1.9 3.0 1.8 1.0 2.0 3.2 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.3
GDP per capita, USD 1 65,956 70,131 77,290 79,576 81,172 78,605 77,621 76,989 77,586 79,284
Population, mn 2 7.7 e 7.8 e 7.9 e 8.0 e 8.1 e 8.2 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5
Industrial production, % y-o-y, ave 1 -8.0 6.4 3.9 2.6 1.1 2.7 3.5 3.7 3.4 3.2
Unemployment, % of labour force, eop 3 4.1 3.2 e 2.8 e 3.0 e 3.3 e 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.1
Notes: e BMI estimates. f BMI forecasts. Sources: 1 Swiss Federal Statistical Office; 2 World Bank/UN/BMI; 3 Swiss National Bank.

Steady Growth Ahead

Core Views

  • Switzerland's growth trajectory over the medium term will be increasingly powered by consumer spending, with the potential for the government to step in and boost growth in the event that the situation in the eurozone puts a sharp break on Swiss growth.

  • The Swiss National Bank has set a ceiling on the Swiss franc's value versus the euro in the face of substantial appreciatory pressures resulting from the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. This will help to protect the country's export sector from a severe loss of competitiveness and thereby limit the impact of external turbulence on near-term economic growth. However, the massive scale of the monetary easing involved in such foreign exchange intervention could dramatically inflate property prices if maintained into the medium term.

Major Forecast Changes

  • We have revised our 2014 and 2015...

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
5
Core Views
5
Major Forecast Changes
5
Key Risks To Outlook
5
Chapter 1: Political Outlook
7
SWOT Analysis
7
BMI Political Risk Ratings
7
Domestic Politics
8
On The Ground: Scenarios For South Sudan Crisis
8
Chapter 2: Economic Outlook
11
SWOT Analysis
11
BMI Economic Risk Ratings
11
Sudan Economic Activity
12
Growth To Pick Up In 2014, But Headwinds Remain
12
TABLE: Sudan - ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
12
South Sudan Economic Activity
13
Internal Conflict Spurs Steep Growth Downgrade
13
TABLE: SOUTH SUDAN-ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
14
Sudan Fiscal Policy
15
Despite Tax Collection Gains, Deficit To Widen In 2014
15
TABLE: sudan - FISCAL POLICY
15
South Sudan Monetary Policy
17
Conflict To Hasten 2013's Inflationary Downtrend Reversal
17
The Sudanese Economy To 2023
19
Secession Poses Key Risk For Long-Term Growth
19
Chapter 3: 10-Year Forecast
19
TABLE: sudan - Long-Term Macroeconomic Forecasts
19
The South Sudanese Economy To 2023
20
TABLE: LONG-TERM MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS
20
Chapter 4: Business Environment
23
SWOT Analysis
23
BMI Business Environment Risk Ratings
23
Business Environment Outlook
24
Institutions
24
TABLE: BMI BUSINESS AND OPERATION RISK RATINGS
24
Table: BMI LEGAL FRAMEWORK RATING
25
Table: LABOUR FORCE QUALITY
26
Market Orientation
27
TABLE: AFRICA - ANNUAL FDI INFLOWS
27
Table: TRADE AND INVESTMENT RATINGS
28
Operational Risk
29
Chapter 5: BMI Global Assumptions
31
Global Outlook
31
Momentum To Continue In H114
31
Table: Global Assumptions
31
Table: Developed States, Real GDP GrowtH, %
32
Table: BMI VERSUS BLOOMBERG CONSENSUS REAL GDP GROWTH FORECASTS, %
32
Table: Emerging Markets, Real GDP Growth, %
33

The Switzerland Business Forecast Report helps businesses with market assessment, strategic planning and decision making to promote growth and profitability in Switzerland and is an essential tool for CEOs, Chairmen, Finance Directors/CFOs, Managing Directors, Marketing/Sales Directors with commercial interests in this emerging market..

An influential new analysis of Switzerland's economic, political and financial prospects through end-2017, just published by award-winning forecasters, Business Monitor International (BMI).

Key Uses

  • Forecast the pace and stability of Switzerland's economic and industry growth through end-2017.
  • Identify and evaluate adverse political and economic trends, to facilitate risk mitigation.
  • Assess the critical shortcomings of the business environment that pose hidden barriers and costs to corporate profitability.
  • Contextualise Switzerland's country risks against regional peers using BMI's country comparative Risk Ratings system.
  • Evaluate external threats to doing business in Switzerland, including currency volatility, the commodity price boom and protectionist policies.

The Switzerland Business Forecast Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) includes three major sections: Economic Outlook, Political Outlook and Business Environment.

Economic Outlook:

How will the Swiss economic policy-making and performance impact on corporate profitability over 2013-2017?

BMI provides our fully independent 5-year forecasts for Switzerland through end-2017 for more than 50 economic and key industry indicators. We evaluate growth, and also forecast the impact of economic management.

Economic Outlook Contents

The Switzerland Business Forecast Report features BMI's forecasts with supporting analysis for 2013 through to end-2017, set against government views and BMI's evaluation of global and regional prospects.

Key Areas Covered:

Data:

  • Full 10-year forecasts with data - for key macroeconomic variables including GDP (real growth and per capita), population, inflation, current account balance and the exchange rate.
  • BMI's comprehensive Risk Ratings system - rates each country worldwide for economic and political risk, and rates the business environment, within a global and regional context.

Written Analysis:

  • Economic Activity - real GDP growth, employment, inflation, consumption (retail sales and confidence).
  • Balance of Payments - trade and investment, current and capital account.
  • Monetary Policy - interest rate trends (bank lending and deposit rates) and inflation (producer price and consumer price).
  • Exchange Rate Policy - currency controls, foreign investment flows, exchange rates and foreign exchange reserves.
  • Fiscal Policy - macroeconomic strategy and policies, government finance and tax reforms.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - approvals, inflows and climate.
  • External Debt - debt profile (short and long-term plus public and private sector exposure).
  • Global Assumptions - forecasts for each year to end-2017 covering: major commodities, growth in key regions, inflation, and interest and exchange rates, in the United States, Japan, China and the eurozone.

Key Benefits

  • Rely upon BMI's 100% independent forecast scenarios for Switzerland and underlying assumptions - we take no advertising and are privately-owned.
  • Exploit the benefits of BMI's comprehensive and reliable macroeconomic database on Switzerland, sourced and fully maintained by BMI from an extensive network of private sector, government and multilateral contacts.
  • Gain key insights into the current and future direction of government economic policy, which could significantly affect your company's business prospects, from BMI's team of analysts and economists.

Political Outlook:

What are the political risks to doing business in Switzerland over the next 5-years?

BMI's Switzerland country Risk Ratings evaluate the short- and medium-term threats to political stability.

Political Outlook Contents

  • SWOT Analysis for the Swiss Market - Political Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing Switzerland.
  • Political Stability and Risk Assessment - BMI's Risk Ratings assess explicit short- and long-term risks to political stability; latest ratings, rankings and trends for Switzerland's risk are compared with regional and global averages.
  • Current Administration and Policy-making BMI assesses the threats to the continuity of economic policy, and likely changes to the business operating environment.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark Switzerland's risk profile against its neighbours, the global and regional average, allowing easy comparison of risks between key business markets.
  • Identify, evaluate and anticipate political and security risks to the business environment, and to your company's current operations and future plans.
  • Gain valuable insights into government and policy-making, through BMI's specialist team of analysts and economists, and their network of private and public sector sources.

Business Environment

Business Environment Risk Ratings with SWOT Analysis - Business environment Risk Ratings for Switzerland, benchmarked against ratings for regional neighbours.

Country Competitiveness - Competitiveness of Switzerland's business operating environment in supporting corporate growth and profitability, compared with regional neighbours.

Business Environment Contents

  • Domestic Environment - Transparency, cronyism and corruption; labour market flexibility; corporate tax burden; interest rate levels; sophistication of banking sector and stock market; levels of business confidence; infrastructure and IT.
  • Foreign Direct Investment - Analysis of foreign investment regime; foreign ownership laws; attractiveness of business environment to foreign investors.
  • Foreign Trade - Analysis of trading environment, government trade policy, liberalisation measures, tariffs and membership of trade areas.

Key Benefits

  • Assess your company's evolving exposure to country specific operational and business risks, using BMI's in-depth analysis of the legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Understand your market's comparative strengths and weaknesses in the key areas of commercial infrastructure and business institutions, using BMI's proprietary global Business Environment Risk Ratings.

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Testimonials

The sections that I find most interesting and useful are the macroeconomic data and forecasts for the country, top export destinations and economic activity. The indicators/analysis of these areas helps us orient our thinking, our assumptions and, consequently, our decisions in the commercial area.

Country Manager, DHL Express