Frontier Markets: A World of Opportunities

ESADEgeo Position Paper No. 30

12 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2013 Last revised: 15 Apr 2013

Date Written: March 2013


No longer do the highest economic growth rates belong exclusively to the BRICS countries. Lesser known economies, the so-called frontier markets such as Nigeria and Vietnam, are key players in global economic growth and are expected to continue to be so for several decades. These states base their economic growth on the combination of low labour costs and abundant natural resources. In the past, frontier markets were characterised by instability, restricted market accessibility and low liquidity. Nowadays, their governments are opting to create sovereign wealth funds and tech hubs in order to avoid excessive commodity dependence and guarantee sustainable growth over time. Spain could take advantage of the opportunity that frontier markets represent, just as it once did with the Latin American market.

Keywords: Frontier Markets, Economic Growth, Emerging Markets, BRICS, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Tech Hubs

JEL Classification: O16, O57, O14, F01, F21, F43

Suggested Citation

Guerrero Blanco, Tomas, Frontier Markets: A World of Opportunities (March 2013). ESADEgeo Position Paper No. 30, Available at SSRN: or

Tomas Guerrero Blanco (Contact Author)

ESADE University Faculties - ESADEgeo ( email )

Mateo Inurria, 25-27
Madrid, 28036

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