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Emerging & Frontier Markets: Assessing Risk & Opportunity

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Emerging and frontier markets present unique and individual challenges for occupiers and investors. The transparency of data and other information varies immensely, and issues such as a lack of information regarding property rights, government bureaucracy, and corruption increase the risk of entering these markets and often present compliance issues.

Cushman & Wakefield has evaluated the risks of acquiring office space in the most sought after emerging and frontier markets across the globe. To effectively analyse the unique risks these markets pose, our third edition of Emerging and Frontier Markets provides not only overviews of the office market and relevant property indicators for 42 countries across the globe, but also collates this data into a “Risk Index”. This index has been calculated so that occupiers and investors can better compare the ease of acquiring and operating office space in each of these markets.


  • Botswana retains its position as the most attractive market for occupiers benefiting from a low risk operating environment. Meanwhile other African countries of South Africa, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia also feature within the top 10. 
  • In Southeast Asia despite being one of the fastest growing regions in the world with Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines having performed very well from an overall economic perspective, all three countries have slipped slightly down the rankings with ease of property ownership creating issues in Vietnam and the Philippines while Indonesia has higher costs for registering property. Despite this, these locations remain significant growth markets for a number of business types when these challenge are managed correctly. 
  • In the Americas, while commodity exporting countries have faced challenges from falling global commodity prices. Uruguay however has diversified its trade, climbing to second place in the index and offers a strong operational profile for occupiers, low corruption risk and a strengthening political environment. Meanwhile, Mexico, Argentina and El Salvador have all risen considerably due to much improved local operational market dynamics.

Learn more by watching the report videos below:

Neil Gorman   Andrew Heard EMRI 2015   Download EMRI 2015 pdf

This report is part of Cushman & Wakefield’s global report series – Where in the World? – Ranking locations worldwide by assessing costs, risks and operating conditions across different sectors.

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