The India story is still good, largely due to the demographic dividend, with a young, well educated population who are free to pursue dreams. At a recent analyst meet of NIIT it was pointed out that India will have an addition of some 47 m. educated people in the 19-25 age group. The rest of the world (including China) will have a reduction of some 53 m. in this age group.
Africa increasingly is right in the middle of the global quest for natural resources. It has the highest ratio of light and sweet crude in the world – the best-quality stuff you can find. And most of its oil – some 83% – comes from large fields that produce at least 100 million barrels per day.
Data released this week show that China is still flying in the face the global economic slowdown. Retail sales there soared 21.6% year on year in May, despite a devastating earthquake and stock market slump. Exports for the same month surged 28.1%, even as demand in major western markets faltered.
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Central bankers’ inflation-fighting rhetoric moved to centre stage over the past week. A succession of hawkish comments from US policymakers persuaded pundits that the US rate-cutting cycle was over, resulting in a stronger US dollar, plummeting government bonds, predominantly lower global stock markets (with Asia seeing the most red), and non-agricultural commodities coming off the boil.