Trade20 Index Report Ranks Kenya a Rising Star of Global Trade

Trade20 Index Report Ranks Kenya a Rising Star of Global Trade

Kenya has been ranked position 3 in the top 20 markets with the greatest potential for future trade growth.

According to the Trade20 Index report released by Standard Chartered Bank, the market’s impressive potential for trade growth suggests that the government’s ‘Big Four’ development initiative is driving Kenya’s increased trade growth potential.

The Big 4 agenda focuses on boosting manufacturing activities, achieving universal health coverage, improving food security and supporting the construction of affordable housing.

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“Kenya’s trade readiness score is particularly high, due to infrastructure and ease of doing business improvements that far surpass most other African nations in our index,” says Standard Chartered Kenya CEO, Kariuki Ngari.

He says the administration has been successful in attracting external investment for substantial infrastructure development, including renewable energy projects. Improvements in Kenya’s ease of doing business ranking over the last few years have been driven by governmental reforms, including in the areas of starting a business, access to electricity, registering property and protecting minority investors.

Côte d’Ivoire is the market that has most rapidly improved its trade growth potential over the past decade, according to the new research.

The Trade20 Index determines each market’s trade growth potential by analysing changes within the last decade across a wide range of variables, grouped into three equally-weighted pillars: economic dynamism, trade readiness and export diversity.

The Trade 20 Index
1. Côte d’Ivoire 6. Vietnam 11. Hong Kong 16. Singapore
2. India 7. Indonesia 12. Russia 17. Switzerland
3. Kenya 8. Thailand 13. Ghana 18. Chile
4. China 9. Oman 14. Sri Lanka 19. Turkey
5. Ireland 10. UAE 15. Bahrain 20. Philippines

The study examines 66 markets around the world. It finds that while existing trade powers like China and India continue to rapidly improve their trade potential, African economies are making particularly strong progress from a relatively low starting point.

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Kenya is
consolidating its position as the trading hub of East Africa, while Côte
d’Ivoire is cementing its position as a West African trading hub. Ghana also
performs well in the index, placing just outside the top 10.

The key findings of the Trade20 index for African markets are:

●       Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya have significantly
improved their trade readiness, demonstrating that investments in
infrastructure and business environment improvements are paying off

●       Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana also fare well for
economic dynamism, with Côte d’Ivoire enjoying robust GDP and export growth,
and Ghana seeing an influx of FDI

“Home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies, Africa has the potential to become a much bigger player on the global trade stage,” says Philip Panaino, Transaction Banking Head, West, Standard Chartered Bank.

Already connected with the trading powers in Asia, particularly China, through the Belt & Road Initiative, and with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area, there are numerous growth opportunities for trade and investment in the years ahead. Additionally, the growing young, digitally-savvy population and an increasing female workforce will aid in the continent’s economic transformation.

Improvements in Kenya’s ease of doing business ranking over have been driven by government reforms

Trade20 Index

Trade20 Index
examines 12 metrics across 66 global markets – the major global economies plus
the major economies in each region – to reveal the 20 economies that are most
rapidly improving their potential for trade growth.

While most
traditional trade indices are based on a market’s present performance, the
Trade20 index captures changes over time to reveal the markets that have seen
the most improvement within the last decade. This enables us to identify the
economies where recent positive developments may point to an acceleration in
trade growth potential. 

Trade20 Index and Methodology

Trade20
examines 12 metrics across 66 global markets – the major global economies plus
the major economies in each region – to reveal the 20 that are most rapidly
improving their potential for trade to grow.

These markets
are identified by measuring changes in 12 metrics under three pillars: economic
dynamism
 (foreign direct investment, export and GDP growth), trade
readiness
 (infrastructure, e-commerce, and ease of doing business) and export
diversity
 (the range of exports).  

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