Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 published

Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 published


Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, in partnership with DinarStandard, an Islamic markets research and advisory firm, presented the key findings of Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 during the Global Islamic Investment Gateway conference in Bahrain recently.

Dr. Sayd Farook, the Global Head of Islamic Capital market at Thomson Reuters, said: 

“The purpose of the Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 is to present a new view of looking at investment opportunities across Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries. Focused on fast growing consumer driven sector clusters of Food, Retail, Tourism, Health and others, as well as government spending driven infrastructure & construction, the report addresses a gap in looking at investment opportunities across the full geographic spectrum of these growth markets and their global value chain”. 

Islamic Growth Markets Investment Index

Malaysia, Indonesia, and UAE lead the inaugural 2015 Islamic Growth Markets Investment Index™ which ranks countries investment potential relatively within the OIC member country grouping.  The Index is based on a set of nine metrics covering the categories of a country’s growth fundamentals, growth momentum, investment momentum and relative country risk.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies, led by UAE, appear in the top ten list and include Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Other markets in the top 10 include Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, and Mozambique.

In order to leverage this widely dispersed yet connected opportunity landscape, the report presents DinarStandard’s OIC Industry Clusters Model that is a sector based investment strategy.  It identifies unique region-wide roll-up, carve-out, growth, operation-value-creation and alliance opportunities across a sector’s value chain.  The top OIC sector clusters identified are:  Energy, Food & Agriculture, Electronics, Travel & Transportation, Metals, Chemical & Allied, Plastics/Rubber, Textiles & related, Infrastructure & Construction, and Health Products & Services. The opportunities cover greenfield project investments as well in fast maturing domestic companies across these sectors.

Rafi-uddin Shikoh, of DinarStandard, adds, “A rich mix of corporates from Islamic growth markets are fast maturing and ripe for growth investments. Tasnee and SABIC are chemical global leaders fast growing in energy downstream sectors; Yildiz Holding/Ulker, Savola Group, Indofood, Felda and Almarai are globally competitive food and agriculture companies; Emirates Group, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines are major growth airlines; and Emke Group – Lulu, BIM and Majid Al Futtaim are emerging as regional retail giants. Thousands of such companies are ready to take their experienced propositions global”.

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