Capital markets in Africa have strengthened in the light of a more stable regional, political and economic backdrop. This is due in part to the impact of commodity stabilisation and resilience in the face of global economic and political uncertainty. Our team of African investment experts has compiled the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index in order to draw global attention to the considerable investment, opportunities and untapped market potential of our continent. This is us showing the world just how we get things done.

Now in its second year, the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index records the openness to foreign investment of countries across the continent. The index is a premier indicator of the attractiveness of Africa’s capital markets, for use by policy makers, investors and asset managers around the world. Since its launch in 2017, the index has been the benchmark used by most countries to self-reflect on the state of their financial markets and what development actions they need to take. This has involved the development of key financial markets frameworks to ensure their markets develop to attract Foreign Direct Investment.

The Index is based on the 6 pillars which are:

  • Market depth
  • Access to foreign exchange
  • Market transparency, tax and regulatory environment
  • Capacity of local investors
  • Macro-economic opportunity
  • Legality and enforceability of standard financial markets master agreements