Regions in Focus

Insights on the latest business and economic trends in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
What can we expect in China in 2019?

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.

North America

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.
Article

Harnessing the power of digital in US government agencies

– A focus on customer journeys, a dedicated digital team, agile methods, and strong talent can help government agencies move beyond... incremental improvements and achieve transformative change.

Latin America

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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.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

How to counter three threats to growth in Latin America

– The region needs to remove obstacles to competitiveness, pursue digitization, raise skills, and improve economic fundamentals.

Europe

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.
Article

How innovation is reshaping Europe’s urban environment

– To stay competitive, real estate leaders must offer new services that address the evolving needs and desires of individuals, companies,... and communities, such as flexibility or sustainability.

Asia

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.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them

– Some emerging economies have grown much faster and more consistently than others. Underlying these success stories is a pro-growth... policy agenda and the standout role of large companies.
Report

The digital archipelago: How online commerce is driving Indonesia’s economic development

– New research explores the impact of online commerce in Indonesia, as well as the priority measures needed to boost the country’s... broader digital economy.

Middle East and Africa

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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.
Report

How investors can support entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa

– The potential for entrepreneurship in the region is high, based on digital consumption and a startling increase in investment... funding for start-ups.