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

Welcome and opening remarks:
Ellie Groves, Managing Director, Economic and Monetary Policy
Institute, OMFIF
John Orchard, Chief Executive Officer, OMFIF

Presentation of findings:
Jeff Gable, Head of Macro and Fixed Income Research, Absa
Clive Horwood, Managing Editor and Deputy Chief Executive, OMFIF

Panel discussion, including Q&A
Moderator: Clive Horwood, Managing Editor and Deputy Chief Executive, OMFIF
Michael Atingi-Ego, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda
Banji Fehintola, Senior Director and Head of Treasury, Africa Finance Corporation
Jose De Lima Massano, Governor, Banco Nacional de Angola

Thapelo Tsheole, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Stock Exchange
Anthony Kirui, Managing Director, Head of Global Markets, Africa Regional Operations, Absa

Closing remarks:
Charles Russon, Chief Executive Officer, Absa Corporate and Investment Banking


Recorded 13/10/2022

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