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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • Last week in Chili, the National Emergency Office reported that at least 32 wildfires are still active and out of control throughout the country. 
  • The Health Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced last week that the current Ebola outbreak that started in August 2018 had been controlled in the major metropolitan areas.
  • In Haiti, recent media reports indicate that ongoing protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the alleged corruption of development funds and widespread poverty continue and have blocked access to the international airport in Port-au-Prince. 

Operational and Physical Risks

  • The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation published a research report last week that found that expanding markets have a considerable deficit of pilots across Asia.
  • In Spain, a massive protest was reported last week at Colon square in downtown Madrid. 
  • As reported earlier this month, several automakers across the US have recently announced a new round of recalls for the replacement of the inflators used in the Takata airbag system. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • In Malta last week, the chief business development officer in Bank of Valletta announced that there is not enough information to declare who was responsible for the cyber-attack back in January.
  • In the U.S., Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio asked the Department of Homeland Security last week to carry out a threat assessment of a number of apps owned by or linked to foreign governments.
  • Open sources reported last week that malicious actors initiated a phishing campaign that uses Google Translate as a facade to steal Google and Facebook credentials.

Market and Economic Risks

  • In India, it was reported last week that economic specialists have continued to discuss the economic trends in the Indian market and how to face the main challenges in terms of monetary policy.
  • Last week, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic recalled its ambassador to Italy as it denounced “unprecedented attacks” against France’s internal affairs. 
  • The e-commerce company, Amazon, announced the cancellation of its plan to build a corporate headquarters in the neighborhood of Long Island City, in the District of Queens, in New York City. 

February 18, 2019

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