The most attractive markets for investment in infrastructure combine strong growth potential and high levels of investment with low risk, business friendly environments. In general terms, as the index descends the risk profiles of the countries increase, so therefore, must the returns sought by investors.
- Singapore remains the most attractive market in the world for investment in infrastructure
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has overtaken Canada to make the top three behind Qatar and Singapore thanks to its improved economic picture, including increased investment and household consumption
- The USA and the UK have entered the top 10 for the first time, indicating improvements in their economies and for the USA in the growing need for investment in infrastructure
- Asian markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand are among the most improved countries for infrastructure investment. However, their higher business risks keep them in the second half of the index
- Key Latin American markets have shown improvement: Mexico has seen its attractiveness increase thanks to efforts to stabilise the political structure and creation of new investment opportunities, and Colombia has seen foreign direct investment increase as its economy has expanded
- Most European markets are becoming relatively less attractive because of their low growth profiles and limited investment potential
- In order to maintain global competitiveness and enable investment in infrastructure European countries could seek to stimulate more private involvement in asset financing and encourage governments to progress projects
- Argentina, Greece and Venezuela remain at the bottom of the table due to issues around managing debt and high inflation. Argentina is dealing with a large current account deficit while Greece is managing structural overhaul in an effort to meet its bailout requirements. Venezuela’s nationalisation programme is also influencing investor appetite
- Turkey’s score from 2012 fell more than any other country apart from Venezuela, dropping 3.6 percent from 2012 mainly due to economic factors.