This EIU report is an assessment of how the current global financial and economic crisis will affect the global business environment in the medium
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Environment Rankings (BER) model uses quantitative data, business surveys and expert assessments to measure the attractiveness of countries’ business environments for forecast as well as historical five-year periods. The framework reflects the main criteria used by companies to formulate their global business strategies and investment location decisions.
The global business landscape will be characterised by greater caution, less liquidity, lower cross-border capital flows, tighter regulation and less risk-taking. Confidence in many countries has been battered, and may take a long time to recover. As measured by the BER, the deterioration in the global business environment reflects worsening market opportunities, increased macroeconomic and political risk, and problems in financial systems.