By Eimear Dodd Journalism MA student, @TheCity_Dublin editor, @Irish_TechNews

Bloomberg terminal subscribers now have access to research from Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global consultancy firm.

Following a 2016 agreement, subscribers now have instant, open access to OBG’s reports, economic updates and global platform videos. The service can be accessed by running OBGR on the terminal. Users can also read blogs from OBG’s managing editors in the regions it covers including Africa.

Andrew Jeffreys, OBG’s CEO, said the Group’s content was helping to fill an information vacuum for business leaders, at a time when significant economic developments were taking place across Africa.

“While lower commodity prices and fallout from the Arab Spring have pushed down regional growth since 2010, African nations have used the intervening years to set in motion ambitious plans aimed at fostering intra-regional development and reducing the impact of future external shocks,” he said.

“These and other pan-African trends have understandably heightened demand from investors for up-to-date and reliable business intelligence which we are committed to providing through our services, including our partnership with Bloomberg.”

OBG is a global research and consultancy company with offices in London, Berlin, Dubai and Istanbul. It provides analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, tourism, energy, transport, industry and ICT. The company has a presence in over 35 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Karine Loehman, OBG’s regional director, said that the Group’s content on Africa highlighted the broad scope of development taking place across the region.

“Economic reforms are well under way in several African countries, including Morocco, Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire, where services and valued-added industries are expanding, while in Nigeria, we see the groundwork being laid for diversification,” she said.

“Our research also maps out the rebuilding taking place in countries hit by the Arab Spring, such as Egypt and Tunisia, while analysing how South Africa, and other markets witnessing slow growth, are addressing the challenges they face.”

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