Finished Product: Country Risk Analysis – 6 pages, double-spaced in Times 12. The title page (optional) and references list count separately as well as any tables or appendices you wish to use.
Instructions: This assignment is a research essay based on a hypothetical scenario. Please use at least six peer-reviewed journal articles in preparing this assignment. You can use these sites (and others) to find current data:
World Bank Databases
Berkeley International Business and Economy
Other sites that may help you find data are the IMF, World Bank, and World Trade Organization sites. The CIA World Factbook is also useful for getting basic information about countries. You are a political risk analyst for a manufacturer whose products were made in the Dhaka plant — that is, until the tragedy of April 24. You have been asked by your firm’s board of directors to present two viable location alternatives capable of manufacturing adult cotton T-shirts. Your firm is committed to manufacturing facilities in developing states. In fact, you’ve been asked to limit your choice locations to two found in a report that the Chairman of the Board asked you to review. “Start here,” the Chairman said. “See if you can’t find two places for the Board to choose where the wages will be low but the government and tax authorities are not corrupt or unstable. We’d like a good public relations campaign to follow from this and want to remain in the location for at least five years with no major issues. View a copy of the report ( to narrow your choices of countries. On the report, 1 is very low scoring. 5 is higher. Use the report to compare countries and rule out ones that are too low scoring.
ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING ISSUES IN YOUR REPORT:1. Find two viable alternative states (countries) for production of cotton T-shirts, limiting your choices to those found in the report above. Use an introduction to present the choices and introduce why you picked them. Remember, the company is committed to working in a developing state, provided the risks are not too much.
2. Organize your argument into three supporting reasons for each country. Use these as subheadings for each of your two countries. These will help organize your paper for the Board. It is up to you how you present your ideas to the Board and convince them your choices are good. You might ask yourself a series of questions to answer in the report: What two countries are you selecting and why? Historically, how have these two countries developed and how do they compare in political development? What are some of the ongoing issues that might be difficult with these choices? Which of the two states would you recommend overall and why? What would you expect the outcome to be five years from now if your firm agreed to your selection? Be sure to address what the Chairman asked for: low wages but a government and tax authorities are not corrupt or unstable. Looking below, you will find a link to a Country Risk Analysis sheet. This contains three key factors you can investigate: standard of living, political development, and level of corruption. You can use these as key areas of investigation or as subheadings for your report. If you’re still hunting for questions, you can also review the ones Freedom House used in the Countries at the Crossroads study.
3. Make sure the report is easy to read with lots of subheadings for your busy Board of Directors. It needs to be written in complete sentences with no grammatical, spelling, or style errors.
Here are the additional documents you need to review: