Live: Thursday 13 October 07:15 (Washington D.C)
Since its launch in 2017, the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index has shone a crucial light on the opportunities for investment in the region. Now returning for its sixth edition, the index is a vital part of policy-makers’ and market participants’ toolkits and a benchmark for international investors looking to commit to the region.
Some progress had been lost over the previous two years during the pandemic, with the war in Ukraine and its global effects bringing new challenges. This uncertain economic atmosphere has highlighted the importance of strong local markets to withstand outside shocks.
The index, produced by OMFIF and sponsored by Absa, has expanded this year to record the openness and attractiveness of 26 countries across the continent to foreign investment based on six fundamental pillars:
1. Market depth
2. Access to foreign exchange
3. Market transparency, tax and regulatory environment
4. Capacity of local investors
5. Macroeconomic environment and transparency
6. Legal Standards and Enforceability
New countries for the 2022 report include the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
All participants will have the chance to participate in the interactive Q&A session, by submitting your questions via the slido function to the right.
In partnership with:
Michael Atingi-Ego, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda
Michael Atingi-Ego is deputy governor of the Bank of Uganda. Previously, he
was deputy director in the African department of the International Monetary
Fund and was involved in providing strategic guidance to many IMF African
country teams on programme and surveillance work. While on leave from the
IMF, Atingi-Ego was the executive director of the Macroeconomic and Financial
Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa from September 2018.
Banji Fehintola, Senior Director and Head of Treasury, Africa Finance Corporation
Banji Fehintola is senior director and head of treasury and financial institutions at Africa Finance Corporation. He is responsible for managing the corporation’s balance sheet with total assets of $4.5bn and leading the implementation of its annual funding programme in the international loan and debt capital markets. Prior to joining AFC, Fehintola worked with the fixed income, currencies and commodities team of Citibank Nigeria and the tax and business advisory division of Arthur Andersen.
Jeff Gable, Head of Macro and Fixed Income Research, Absa
Jeff Gable is the head of macro and fixed income research for Absa. His toprated
analyst team covers fundamentals-based macro and market strategy
research on South Africa and more than a dozen markets across sub-Saharan
Africa. Gable joined Absa in early 2007 from Barclays in London, having spent
his earlier career at Deutsche Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the
Bank of Canada.
Ellie Groves, Managing Director, Economic and Monetary Policy
Ellie is Managing Director of the Economic and Monetary Policy Institute at
OMFIF. She is responsible for researching trends, writing content and developing relationships with finance ministries and central banks on monetary policy, economic and fiscal developments and regulatory standards across the globe, including discussions on political economy. She has overall responsibility for the institute and working closely with the advisory board and chairman sets the strategic direction.
Clive Horwood, Managing Editor and Deputy Chief Executive,
Clive Horwood is managing editor and deputy chief executive officer of OMFIF.
He was previously at Euromoney, which he joined in 1993. He edited his first
title, International Bond Investor, in 1995. Horwood was subsequently deputy
editor of Euroweek, the capital markets newspaper (now Global Capital) and
launch editor of Credit magazine.
Denny H. Kalyalya, Governor, Bank of Zambia
Denny Kalyalya is governor of the Bank of Zambia. He is also chairman of the bank’s board of directors.
Prior to this appointment, he served as executive director at the World Bank Group and as alternate executive director, representing Africa group 1 constituency, comprising 22 countries. Kalyalya also served as deputy governor – operations at the Bank of Zambia from 2002-10 and as director – economics from 1998-2002.
Jose De Lima Massano, Governor, Banco Nacional de Angola
Jose de Lima Massano is governor of the National Bank of Angola, a position
he held previously between 2010-15. He was president of the commission
executive of Banco Angolano de Investimento for six years, functions he held
before and after his first term at BNA. Previously, he also served as executive
director of Banco de Poupança e Crédito.
John Orchard, Chief Executive Officer, OMFIF
John is chief executive officer of OMFIF. Orchard has expanded OMFIF’s
activities as he steered it through Covid, setting up key forums on digital
money, sustainability and public debt, alongside OMFIF’s longstanding work on
monetary policy and policy-makers. He chairs OMFIF’s executive committee
and is a member of the OMFIF board.
Charles Russon, Chief Executive Officer, Absa Corporate and
Charles Russon is chief executive officer, Absa Corporate and Investment
Banking. He was appointed acting group executive: Absa regional operations
in 2021 and was previously chief executive: engineering services. He joined
Absa Capital in September 2006 as chief financial officer. He became the
chief operating officer of Absa Corporate and Investment Banking in 2007
and regional head of finance for Absa Group in 2012. He was appointed chief
operating officer for Absa Group in May 2014.
Thapelo Tsheole, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Stock Exchange
Thapelo Tsheole is chief executive officer of the Botswana Stock Exchange. He was previously deputy CEO and he has extensive financial markets experience in capital markets, foreign exchange, structured products and financial market regulation. Tsheole is the chairman of the Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges and deputy president of the African Securities Exchanges Association.
Anthony Kirui, Managing Director, Head of Global Markets, Africa Regional Operations, Absa
This discussion is part of the OMFIF Institute for Economic and Monetary Policy, OMFIF’s core stream of activities covering economic and monetary policy and the political economy. OMFIF is an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment, providing a neutral platform for best practice in worldwide public-private sector exchanges worldwide. For membership enquiries please contact Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org, or for further information please see the OMFIF website.
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