Moreover, governance is looking uneven beyond those in immediate fiscal distress. G pillar scores declined in several of the Central Asian and Eastern European countries that are feeling the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war. These include the likes of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary and Serbia.
In Africa, meanwhile, Kenya’s slight decline on the G pillar reflected the August election, while Tanzania also saw a deterioration in its score, which we are keeping an eye on.
Across the Atlantic, looking beyond Argentina’s latest economic and political crisis, governance in other Latin American sovereigns is also under pressure as the region’s political pendulum swings once more. Countries affected include Chile, Colombia, Peru and Brazil, the latter gearing up for important presidential elections in October.
Finally, in Asia, third quarter governance scores also registered some deterioration in the likes of India, Indonesia and notably also China, where protests have been bubbling up against pandemic restrictions and, more recently, the property crisis.
With global food and energy insecurity spreading, and recession/stagflation already evident in the US and Western Europe (with inevitable negative impacts for EMs), we expect pressure on Sovereign ESG scores to persist to year-end and into 2023, with even DM governments struggling to keep a lid on social demands.