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Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Morocco 2020

Macroeconomic stability, a thriving private sector, and a pivotal location bridging Europe and Africa have helped cement Morocco’s position as a major continental financial hub. By African standards, the kingdom’s capital markets are relatively deep, liquid and sophisticated. Recent years have seen challenges arise on all of these fronts, however. Against a backdrop of subdued economic...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Morocco 2020

In recent years Morocco’s banking sector has experienced a period of consolidation at home and expansion abroad following a surge in lending in the decade leading to 2012. The country’s leading banks are now among the largest in Africa, with extensive continent-wide holdings. Despite GDP growth trending lower and the associated slowdown in lending and spike in non-performing loans,...

Morocco’s economy is poised to continue along its trajectory of economic growth, but GDP expansion rates will depend on the policy choices made by the government. Although estimates by the IMF project that annual growth rates will reach 4.5% in 2024, there is still the matter of ensuring that GDP growth translates into improving conditions across all segments of the population.

While overall economic growth was flat in 2019, the financial sector experienced 1.4% expansion, to which insurance was a strong contributor. From January to March 2019 finance and insurance activities grew by 1.7%, according to the Ministry of Finance. Together with real estate and business services, the sector added 400 new employees in 2019. Financial and insurance...

Which segments of the insurance sector show the most room for growth in Trinidad and Tobago?

The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE) is the largest and among the most important stock markets in the Caribbean. However, it was out-performed by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), whose impressive headline growth since 2015 has led some in T&T to draw lessons from the smaller but more dynamic bourse. “We should look to the expansion in Jamaica’s capital markets as...