ASIA AND OCEANIA CONTINUE TO EMERGE AS THE NEXT REGIONAL INVESTMENT DESTINATIONS
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact not only on health but also on the economy and investment opportunities. As a result, investment prospects in 2020 have changed significantly as the virus has fundamentally altered the way businesses operate introducing new risks. Many countries have consequently revisited their policies to account for these new risks, which has further changed investment climates.
To help companies identify new investment opportunities and new policy and risk trends, Whiteshield Partners has developed its 2020 Global Investment Opportunities Index, a global measure of countries’ level of investment attractiveness. The Index incorporates the pillars of risk, policy, and the market to ascertain “where” and “what” investment opportunities exist in the Covid era. The index evaluates 111 countries based on 29 indicators spanning the three pillars.
According to the Index 2020 results, Singapore holds a leading position. The small city-state performs especially well because its economy is favoured by the new realities of Covid-19, where it ranks strongly in tele-workability and strong digital footprint, and has initiated policy measures, including cutting its central bank interest rate. European countries form the majority of the top 10 ranking due to their strong and balanced performance across all index pillars. Asian developing countries are continuing to emerge as the next regional investment destinations. In addition to strong performance on risk and market pillars, these countries have also effectively contained the virus and have infection and death rates from Covid-19 that are about 3% of the global average.
Finally, the Index shows that developing nations with strong growth tendencies have greater opportunities for development, and thus investments. Within the growth subpillar, the leading countries are to be found in Africa and developing Asia.