Emerging Market Growth Story
One of the most impressive emerging market growth stories over the past several years has been Colombia; a country of 46 million people that has aggressively pursued pro-market reforms by reducing regulation, eliminating trade barriers and promoting foreign investment. Colombia has become a critical exporter of natural resources including oil, gold, coal, and coffee, all while continuing to develop trade partnerships with major consumers such as the U.S. and China. The Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (GXG) provides investors with transparent access to this emerging economy, offering exposure to the top 20 companies listed on the Colombian stock exchange.
Fiscal Stability, Steady Growth
Colombia achieved steady growth at an annualized rate of 4.5% between 2001 and 2013. In 2013, the economy grew by 4.3%, up from 4% in 2012, as reported by the national statistics agency. (World Bank 2014, Bloomberg 2014)
Colombia’s Finance Minister estimates the GDP growth rate to increase to 4.7% in 2014, driven primarily by boost in the infrastructure projects worth $12bn (Wall Street Journal 2014)
In 2013, the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” indicator ranked Colombia amongst the top 3 most favorable environments in South America to attract foreign investments. (World Bank, 2014)
Colombia has demonstrated a commitment to fiscal consolidation by keeping the budget deficit low at 2.41% in 2013, down from 2.45% in 2012.The government managed to narrow this budget deficit despite collecting lower tax revenue of U$52.1 billion during the year, slightly lower than its target of US$53.1 (Reuters, 2013)
Fiscal Stability, Steady Growth
Fitch recently raised Colombia’s credit rating from BBB- to BBB with a stable outlook. Moody’s also predicts an upgrade in Colombia’s rating based on its positive outlook and strong overall economic growth in the region. (Reuters 2013, Bloomberg 2014)
Colombia’s oil production has boomed in the last seven years, with output of crude almost doubling from 0.54 million barrels/day (bbl/d) to over 1.02 million bbl/d between 2005 and 2013. The Ministry of Mines and Energy predicts the Colombian oil production to reach 1.3 million bbl/d by 2020. (EIA 2014)
Colombia’s oil reserves had risen 2.9% to 2.445 billion barrels by the end of 2013, up from 2.38 billion barrels in 2012, to reach their highest levels. The government is now preparing for a shale debut by auctioning areas potentially containing shale crude to increase foreign investment into the sector (Reuters 2014)
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