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Global Predictions for 2019!

03 January 2019


Companies must prepare for significant global events that will occur and trends that will gain momentum in the coming year.

About Year-Ahead Predictions

Executive Summary

The Global Business Policy Council makes 10 key predictions for 2019, all of which we believe will have important implications for the global business environment:

  1. The US–China trade war will intensify.
  2. Bitcoin will lead the consolidation and maturation of the cryptocurrency market.
  3. The global trash crisis will spur innovations in waste management.
  4. The global shipping industry will crash into new sulfur regulations.
  5. The Xi–Putin relationship will be the world’s most consequential bromance.
  6. The global anxiety epidemic will lead to a proliferation of new products.
  7. sand shortage will grind the gears of the global construction industry.
  8. The looming emerging markets credit crisis will grow in both scale and scope.
  9. Africa will be more connected than ever.
  10. Real-life “Iron Man” will materialize in the form of exoskeletons.


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