A landmark Covid-19 Response Report (CRR), produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG) in partnership with the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), will explore the impact of the pandemic on efforts to attract inflows to the region's capital markets and the investment opportunities emerging ahead of the global economic recovery.
Titled "Financial Markets in Africa", the CRR will provide in-depth analysis of the industry's performance during the pandemic and potential for growth in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics relating to the region's socio-economic landscape.
Marking OBG's latest Pan-African CRR, the report will examine the contribution that Africa's exchanges are expected to make towards the region's economic development in the near term.
Other topics set for analysis include the collective push under way across the continent to strengthen financial integration, which is seen as key to boosting investor interest in the region's capital markets.
The report will include an in-depth interview with Edoh Kossi Amenounve, ASEA President, together with case studies looking at how key industry players-maintained business continuity during the pandemic and are now preparing for post-Covid expansion.
"Although the Covid-19 pandemic crisis will continue in 2021, the vaccination rollout is giving new confidence to African capital markets, and we expect to have a significant better year than 2020 in terms of transaction values," Amenounve said.
Commenting ahead of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the report, Karine Loehman, OBG's Managing Director for Africa, said Africa's capital markets were poised to play a pivotal role in attracting investment for the next phase of the region's social and economic development, which is expected to focus on making future economic growth both sustainable and more inclusive.
"While the pandemic has inevitably taken its toll on the region, Africa had already carved a niche as a popular investment destination before Covid-19 arrived and is today home to some of the world's fastest-growing economies," she said. "Our report with the African Securities Exchanges Association will look at the many opportunities awaiting investors who are keen to help drive the region's transformation and, at the same time, unlock the potential of Africa's capital markets."
The CRR will form part of a series of tailored reports which OBG is currently producing with its partners, alongside other highly relevant, go-to research tools, including a range of country-specific Covid-19 Economic Impact Assessment articles and interviews.