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Analysis

Barclays Africa Group Financial Markets Index

Africa’s large and dynamic market presents opportunities for growth on the continent. However, foreign investment prospects are hampered by underdeveloped financial markets and a lack of legal and regulatory clarity.

The report, sponsored by Barclays Africa Group Ltd, focuses on six fundamental pillars, including market depth, access to foreign exchange, market transparency and regulation, capacity of local investors, underlying macro opportunities, and the enforceability of international financial agreements.

The Index shares results of a survey conducted with 60 key institutions operating throughout Africa, accumulating their views on market conditions and the regulatory framework of the African economies covered in the report.

‘Liquidity, regulation, foreign exchange restrictions and policy choices are the highest area of concern for investors when considering Africa. Whereas product diversity and the speed of transactions are among the highest-performing indicators, our survey highlights investor concern about the relevance of African markets on the global financial scene’ says Danae Kyriakopoulou, chief economist at OMFIF.

Click here to download the report.