Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
China Brief: The state of the economy

China Brief: The state of the economy

Welcome to the first edition of China Brief. In this series, linked to our monthly podcast, McKinsey on China, our China-based partners share the latest insights from this dynamic market.

North America

Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

The public–private imperative in urban mobility: A view from Canada

– Josipa Petrunic imagines a low-carbon, smart-mobility future for Canada. In this interview, she describes how CUTRIC, the consortium... she leads, is bringing the public and private sectors together to make it happen.
Report

AI looks North: Bridging Canada’s corporate artificial intelligence gap

– For Canadian industries to capture the enormous benefits that artificial intelligence offers, Canadian executives must make dramatic... shifts in their mindsets, strategies, and execution plans.
Article

High-performing US states: Is there a secret to success?

– Our refresh of the Leading States Index looks at state performance from the citizens’ perspective to gauge what’s... working well for governments and citizens, and where states can improve.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing

– The erosion of US manufacturing isn’t a foregone conclusion. The decade ahead—with increased demand, new technology,... and value chain optimization—will give the sector a chance to turn around.

Latin America

Report

One aspiration, two realities: Promoting gender equality in Mexico

– Investing in the development of women and ensuring that they advance is crucial to the economic performance of the country and... its private-sector businesses.
Article

How Mexico can become Latin America’s digital-government powerhouse

– Mexico’s digital efforts thus far have been laudable. But higher ambitions could fuel productivity and economic growth and... boost the country’s GDP by 7 to 15 percent.
Article

Putting citizens first: How Latin American cities can be smart

– For Latin America’s cities to remain competitive, they must understand their citizens’ experiences and needs—and... design policies accordingly.
Report

What drives student performance in Latin America?

– Our analysis of OECD PISA results from the region offers five findings on student mindsets, teaching practices, technology, instructional... hours, and early childhood education.

Europe

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI

– Europe’s average digital gap with the world’s leaders is now being compounded by an emerging gap in artificial intelligence.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Testing the resilience of Europe’s inclusive growth model

– The combination of six global megatrends is increasing the stress on Europe’s inclusive growth and the EU social contract.
Report

Central and Eastern Europe needs a new engine for growth

– Creating a digital, tech-driven economy could be the growth engine that ten economies in the region need.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age

– New research explains why the United Kingdom has been experiencing historically low productivity growth and what can be done to... return to long-run averages.

Asia

Report

Australia’s automation opportunity: Reigniting productivity and inclusive income growth

– Automation and artificial intelligence present an enormous opportunity for national and personal income growth and could add up... to $4 trillion to Australia’s economy.
Article

What can we expect in China in 2019?

– The next stages of China’s transition away from economic equilibrium with the United States will likely create volatility... in market growth and require conservatism in some areas and bold moves in others.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

China and the world: Inside a changing economic relationship

– As technology, capital, and flows of trade between China and the world have shifted, China's exposure to other countries has declined,... while the world's exposure to China has increased
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

In pursuit of prosperity

– Why do some emerging economies grow rapidly while others languish? New research highlights the role of public policy, effective... government, and globally competitive companies.

Middle East and Africa

Article

Winning in Africa’s agricultural market

– Private-sector companies can find practical solutions to enter and grow in Africa’s agricultural market.
Article

Should sub-Saharan Africa make its own drugs?

– A comprehensive analysis of the business, economic, and public-health impact finds the potential for local production of pharmaceuticals... to be a mixed bag.
Book Excerpt - McKinsey Quarterly

Africa’s overlooked business revolution

– Global business leaders who misunderstand Africa run the risk of missing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.
Report

Are Middle East workers ready for the impact of automation?

– Education levels and skills will determine how disruptive automation is to the region’s labor markets.