January 2016

Country Risk Rating Alert

D&B’s Country Risk Indicator provides a comparative, cross-border assessment of the risk of doing business in a country and encapsulates the risk that country-wide factors pose to the predictability of export payments and investment returns over a time horizon of two years.

Country Risk Outlook Trend Changes Scoring

Dun & Bradstreet’s Country Insight Snapshot Reports now provide greater visibility of potential upcoming outlook trend changes for each country. This enables us to foreground any changes to the outlook trend by referring to them explicitly in the headlines and key developments sections of the reports, and explaining the underlying reasons for the change in rating outlook.

This is a powerful refinement and – alongside the Country Risk Ratings – provides our customers with even greater visibility of the current and future situations across 132 countries.

Shown below are our Risk Rating Changes recently published in the latest edition of our International Risk & Payment Review Journal.

What You Need To Know:

Which Countries have been Upgraded (risk level has improved):

Cote d'Ivoire

Dun & Bradstreet upgrades Cote d'Ivoire's country risk rating as a host of drivers ensure that the economy will remain one of the fastest-growing in Africa.

Which Countries have been Downgraded (risk level has deteriorated):

Costa Rica

Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Costa Rica's country risk rating as the budget boosts spending only minimally, bringing the prospect of a widening deficit and rising debt.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Ecuador's country risk rating following unfavourable constitutional reforms, the most important being the approval of unlimited presidential terms.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Malawi’s country risk rating because of serious challenges that include a shortage of external financing, rampant inflation and brisk currency depreciation.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Poland's country risk rating after the new government's aggressive overhaul of the constitutional court endangers the rule of law.


Dun & Bradstreet downgrades Zambia's country risk rating following a downbeat economic assessment by the IMF and heavy criticism of the government's unsustainably lax spending policy.

Outlook Trend Changes



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