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State-owned Enterprises

From power and utilities to consumer financing, media, postal services and transport, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) often deliver the infrastructure of a country on which prosperity and growth are based. In some cases, SOEs have suffered from a reputation that they do not demonstrate the same degree of financial transparency or efficient business practices as their publicly-owned peers, particularly as they are often monopolies within their respective country. The financial crisis, national budget constraints and a greater emphasis on public accountability have rapidly changed the way in which SOEs are perceived, and the demands that governments, employees, individual and business customers, and regulators are placing on them.