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Africa Financial Markets Index 2018

Taking you further into Africa than ever before

The continent’s financial markets have remained resilient and innovative amid slowing worldwide growth after the synchronised upturn of 2017.  However, they remain fragmented and shallow compared to their equivalents in Latin America and Asia.

The second edition of the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index, produced by OMFIF, draws attention to the considerable investment opportunities and untapped market potential of countries across the continent.

The report assesses progress and potential across six key areas:

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Pillar 1

Market depth

Examines size, liquidity and diversity of products in markets, as well as countries' efforts to merge exchanges and launch new markets.

 

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Pillar 2

Access to foreign exchange

Looks at factors that impact market's accessibility to international investors, including the severity of capital controls, exchange rate reporting standards and levels of foreign exchange liquidity.

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Pillar 3

Market transparency, tax and regulatory environment

Assesses countries' regulatory and tax environment for financial markets, as well as transparency and enforcement of accounting rules.

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Pillar 4

Capacity of local investors

Examines the sizeof local investors, assessing the level of local demand against supply of assets available in each market.

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Pillar 5

Macroeconomic opportunity

Evaluates economic performance, financial risks and financial transparency, demonstrated availability of data, open monetary policy communication and the timely release of state budgets.

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Pillar 6

Legality and enforceability of standard
financial markets master agreements

Measures how well countries have adopted internationally accepted legal standards, the enforcement of netting and collateral positions, and insolvency regime adequacy.

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