“Iran's oil, gas condensate exports to rise to 3m bpd by Mar. 2017,” “Iran’s oil sales to Europe top 700,000 bpd” every twenty-four hours, “60 deals signed with foreigners after JCPOA: Industrial official” [the so-called “Iran deal”, here’s full text]: triumphalist tones stand out in Iranian media in recent weeks. The refrain keeps the same beat as in the past few months: 2016 is Tehran’s year zero, it represents the post-sanctions era, when the agreement between the 5 + 1 countries, together with the EU, and Iran has been implemented. The restrictive measures imposed by the European Union and the United Nations [the US was the first country to start] against the Islamic Republic have been (partly) lifted.
The price of copper keeps falling owing to the slowdown of the Chinese economy in particular. To Chile, which holds the largest reserves in the world, this means less growth, less tax and currency revenues and also a number of small mining operations shutting down at an increasing pace? Thousands of mine workers across the industry are losing their jobs and their families their income.
The life-term contract does not exist anymore and especially young people have to get use to it. In Europe more than one in ten emplyees are employed on temporary contracts, even if they would prefer a permanent job. That’s what Eurofound data tell us: the number of temporary employees grew by 25% in the EU27 between 2001 and 2012, compared with a growth rate of 7% in permanent employees. Italy is one of the countries where temporary jobs rised up.
"The decade of economic growth that affected the African continent, seems to have finally begun to have tangible effects on the reduction of the poverty level of the population." This one of the most important conclusions of the survey entitled “Africa’s growth dividend? Lived poverty drops across much of the continent”, conducted by Afrobarometer, a research institute that studies social trends, political and economic in more than thirty African countries.
Not-one single country anywhere in the world is corruption free. Italy is still very far from its goals in the rank of corruption. That’s what Transparency International said in its report, the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI ) that analyses the situation in 168 countries . Italy is ranked 61 with a score of 44 points on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt ) to 100 (very clean), same score of Lesotho, Senegal, Montenegro and South Africa. While Italy is the penultimate in EU countries rank. Denmark, Sweden and Finland are the less corrupted. Compared to last year's global rank our country gained a point in the score, from 43 to 44, and eight positions in the rank from 69 to 61.
Yet another negative signal for the economy of South Africa came last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has almost halved the forecast of economic growth for the country, reducing it from 1.3% in October, to 0, 7%. An alarming element, which corresponds to a percentage point lower than the economic growth rate forecast by the National Treasury, for the current year.