Global supply chains increasingly disrupted by both physical and ideological battles
The conflict between
Civil wars in
Q1 2017 has also seen an escalation in the ideological conflict between globalisation and economic nationalism, with the British Prime Minister,
Localised conflicts have affected local supply chains in Q1 2017. In
The Indian Government's unexpected decision to withdraw 86% of the country's cash as part of a crackdown on the use of counterfeit money has left businesses struggling to pay suppliers and workers. Combined with prolonged congestion at major Indian ports,
"Supply chains are a shared resource between consumers, businesses and governments, with procurement and supply chain managers acting as the guardians. When these links are effective, businesses can benefit from lower prices, consumers from better choice and society from greater knowledge sharing. It is therefore crucial they are protected, made resilient and as effective as possible, particularly when faced with a barrage of challenges."
"Supply chain infrastructure can only function normally and efficiently when there is trust and collaboration between all nationalities and sections of society. Whether through military confrontation in the
"The improvement in the Global Risk Index (GRI) affirms that after a rather torrid start to the year, the global economy is settling down. The growth outlook is brightening, headwinds are diminishing, and forecasts generally point to better outcomes than we had expected a year ago. Yet, underlying this feel-good momentum, the global economy continues to face risks, both systemic and exogenous, that could flare up. From the fanning of protectionist inclinations by the rise of right-wing populism, to a one-off hit to supply chains from North Korean aggression, global supply chains and cross-border business strategies must remain cognisant of these risks, while utilising data and insights to take advantage of the opportunities created by the rising tide of global growth."
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