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Agreement takes Oxford Business Group’s regional research to new audiences


Oxford Business Group’s extensive range of resources is proving to be a welcome tool for users of Bloomberg Terminal who are looking to play a part in the next chapter of Africa’s growth story.

An agreement signed in late 2016 gives Bloomberg’s subscribers instant, open access to OBG’s reports, economic updates and Global Platform videos. The service, which can be accessed by running OBGR on the terminal, also provides users with blogs written by OBG’s managing editors for the regions it covers, namely Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

Andrew Jeffreys, OBG’s CEO, said the Group’s content was proving pivotal in helping to fill an information vacuum for business leaders, at a time when significant economic developments were taking place across Africa.

“While lower commodity prices and fallout from the Arab Spring have pushed down regional growth since 2010, African nations have used the intervening years to set in motion ambitious plans aimed at fostering intra-regional development and reducing the impact of future external shocks,” he said. “These and other pan-African trends have understandably heightened demand from investors for up-to-date and reliable business intelligence which we are committed to providing through our services, including our partnership with Bloomberg.”

Karine Loehman, OBG’s regional director, added that the Group’s content on Africa highlighted the broad scope of development taking place across the region.

“Economic reforms are well under way in several African countries, including Morocco, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, where services and valued-added industries are expanding, while in Nigeria, we see the groundwork being laid for diversification,” she said. “Our research also maps out the rebuilding taking place in countries hit by the Arab Spring, such as Egypt and Tunisia, while analysing how South Africa, and other markets witnessing slow growth, are addressing the challenges they face.”


OBG’s managing editor for the region, Robert Tashima, added that despite challenging conditions, Africa remains a popular destination for investors, especially those prepared to look longer term for yields.

“Strong fundamentals, which include a growing working-age population and abundant resources, alongside ongoing urbanisation, have helped several of Africa markets to maintain healthy inflows,” he said. “The latest plans to boost pan-African trade, bolster regional connectivity and overhaul key infrastructural projects point to a raft of new openings for investors.”

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group  is a global research and consultancy company with a presence in over 35 countries, from the Middle East, Africa and Asia to the Americas. A distinctive and respected provider of on-the-ground intelligence on many of the world’s fastest growing markets, OBG has offices in London, Berlin, Dubai and Istanbul, and a network of local bureaus across the countries in which we operate.

Through its range of products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, tourism, energy, transport, industry and ICT. We provide business intelligence to our subscribers through multiple platforms: Economic News and Views, OBG Business Barometer – CEO Survey, Roundtables and conferences, Global Platform – exclusive video interviews, The Report publications and our Consultancy division.