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Botswana retains top spot as most transparent emerging economy

November 2015

Despite several global headwinds, a number of emerging markets in Africa continue to present opportunities and remain attractive to occupiers and investors alike, according to new research published by real estate brokerage and consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield.

The third edition of the ‘Emerging & Frontier Markets’ report – which includes a risk index ranking of countries – discusses how over the last twenty years the core of the global economy has shifted as investors target higher rates of return in developing economies. These have also become increasingly attractive to occupiers, who may have struggled with stagnation in more mature locations.

A growing middle class population, better infrastructure and technological improvements in a number of countries possessing transparent real estate markets have led to Africa securing half of the top 10 most attractive emerging market locations, according to the report.

The 2015 Risk Index results reveal that Botswana retains its position as the most attractive market for occupiers with other African states including South Africa, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia also featuring in the top 10. Meanwhile, it is important to remember the diversity of the African markets with Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Nigeria perceived to carry greater risk.

In Southeast Asia – fastest growing regions in the world – Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have slipped down the ranking.