Dismal liquidity still haunts African bourses

South Africa’s financial markets remain the most attractive option for international investors looking to enter Africa, according to the 2018 Absa Africa Financial Markets Index.

The latest index – which evaluates market development in 20 countries, highlighting economies with clearest growth prospects – shows that South Africa’s ‘twin peaks’ strategy for improving financial regulation stood out among the frameworks introduced over the past year, boosting performance for the index as a whole.

The 2018 index extended coverage to three new countries –Angola, Cameroon and Senegal – and assessed progress across six key areas: market depth, access to foreign exchange, market transparency, tax and regulatory environment, macroeconomic opportunity, and the legality and enforceability…

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