India tops the list of emerging nations in a new index that scores the attractiveness of logistics markets to foreign investors. Developed by the United Kingdom-based research firm Transport Intelligence, the newly released Emerging Market Logistics Index rated 38 developing countries on three factors.
The first factor, "market size and growth attractiveness," considered a country's economic output, projected growth rate, and population size. The second was "market compatibility," which examined how well-matched a nation was with the services offered by global logistics providers. This includes a country's security levels, market accessibility, foreign direct investment, distribution of wealth and population, and development of its service sector. The third factor was "connectedness," which rated the efficiency of customs and border controls, liner shipping connections, and transportation infrastructure.
India claimed the top spot in the overall rankings, earning a high mark due in large part to its market size and growth prospects. Brazil came in second because of its economic performance, good levels of market accessibility, and improving domestic and international transport connections.
On the other end of the scale, Kenya was ranked at the bottom. It received the lowest score because of its poor global and domestic transport connections, a weak economy, an unstable security situation, and other major barriers to market entry. For more information about the index, go to www.transportintelligence.com/articles_papers.
The top 10 emerging countries
Source: Transport Intelligence, The Emerging Markets Logistics Index, March 2010