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EBRI Q1 2019 results: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Laos top list of most-improved investor locations since 2013

The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) reveals the Middle East leapfrogging Africa, with its economic and investor climate improving for the first time.

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The EBRI Q1 results show Bangladesh moving from tier-two to tier-one status for the first time since signing 27 agreements with China in 2016 for investments and loans worth approximately $20 billion to $25 billion.

It is among the majority of countries (53 out of a total of 68) that have shown improving year-on-year index values, and is one of only three tier-one countries, alongside Ethiopia and Laos, showing the most impressive gains.



Tier-one investor climates in the EBRI rankings are those that have all shown the biggest improvement in their growth rates and/or politico-economic and structural risk situation since China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – also known as the One Belt, One Road – was first unveiled by president Xi Jinping in 2013.



These rapid gains are understandable to M Nicolas Firzli – director-general of the World Pensions Council, and advisory board member of the World Bank Global Infrastructure Facility – who was one of the original coiners of terms such as the ‘New Silk Road’ and ‘infrastructure-driven development’.



“Not surprisingly, such a massive injection of net-new direct investment money in relatively small or mid-size economies in just five years, from 2013 to 2018, has had a positive effect on long-term growth and economic attractiveness,” he says.









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