GCR Ratings (“GCR”) has published the reviewed Country Risk Scores. The Country Risk assessment, which is a key part of the operating environment score, interacts with GCR ratings in four ways. Firstly, the country risk scores create the foundation for the Anchor Credit Evaluator (the mapping table, see the Criteria for the GCR Ratings Framework and the interactive online map at GCRratings.com/criteria.
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