Since its launch in 2017, the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index has shone a crucial light on the opportunities for investment in region. As Africa looks to build back better after the Covid-19 crisis, the 5th edition of the index, compiled by OMFIF, is more important than ever. It is a vital part of policy-makers’ and market participants’ toolkit in this process and a benchmark for international investors looking to commit to the region.

Recent progress in building robust financial markets in the region helped many countries withstand the economic shock, but it also revealed that there is still a lot more room for improvement. Countries’ immediate need for resources to support fiscal policies during the crisis and the rapid withdrawal of international capital emphasised the importance of building local markets with sufficient depth and liquidity to withstand external shocks.

The events of the past two years also heightened awareness of climate change, and the power of capital markets can be harnessed to achieve efforts to combat it. As a result, this year’s pillars incorporate indicators that gauge how financial markets in the region are incorporating sustainability considerations.

Jason Quinn, Interim Chief Executive Officer – Absa
Jeff Gable, Head of Macro and Fixed Income Research – Absa
Anthony Kirui, Director, Head of Global Markets – Absa Bank Kenya
Kat Usita, Head of Reports and Surveys, OMFIF
David Marsh, Chairman, OMFIF
Caroline Abel, Governor, Central Bank of Seychelles
Moses D. Pelaelo, Governor, Bank of Botswana
Stefan Nalletamby, Director, Financial Sector Development Department, African Development Bank
Modupe Famakinwa, Head of Funding, Africa Finance Corporation
Anthony Kirui, Director, Head of Global Markets – Absa Bank Kenya
Charles Russon, Executive: Corporate and Investment Banking and Acting Group Executive – Absa Regional Operations

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