The Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI) combines International Monetary Fund (IMF) GDP figures with investment climate (IC) scores sourced from economists and political experts who ranked countries on the Euromoney Country Risk platform. The index therefore combines qualitative, crowd-sourced opinion with quantitative data. Using these sources EBRI aims to provide a clear and credible index representing the politico-economic environment and investment climate.
In Q2 2018 results, two countries, Ethiopia and Laos, are categorised as tier 1 which refers to their significant improvement in investment climate (IC) and/or GDP compared to the period where China began to implement their Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) scheme in Q4 2013. Laos jumped from tier 2 to tier 1 between Q2 2018 and Q2 2017. Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Brunei, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Yemen are categorised as tier 5 which generally shows their drop in IC and/or GDP compared to Q4 2013.
Q2 2018 results also demonstrate graphs and trends which shed lights on the Year on Year movement of EBRI value over the past five years. Asia and Africa show different degrees of improvement in their EBRI values when comparing to Q3 2014, whereas the EBRI values in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Middle East decrease at different levels.
More detailed Q2 2018 results and methodology, please see:
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – also known as One Belt and One Road – is a development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013. BRI is an infrastructure and trade project intended to connect China – financially and structurally – to various economic entities across Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.
In response to the growing demand for information on the impact of this initiative, we have launched the Euromoney Belt and Road Index (EBRI). This index provides investors and other market participants with valuable data to evaluate investment opportunities and to track changes in investment climate and GDP in the Belt and Road region. EBRI publishes new results each quarter, providing data on 68 countries from Q4 2013 to present.