The index provider FTSE Russell has announced the results of the annual classification of countries on 29 September 2017. Poland has been upgraded from Emerging Market to Developed Market status. The decision will be effective in conjunction with the FTSE Global Equity Index Series semi-annual review in September 2018.
“The FTSE Russell upgrade of Poland to Developed Market status represents an acknowledgement of the progress of the Polish economy and capital markets and is a major step in their development. Poland has all the features of a developed market, including secure trading and post-trade services, as well as advanced infrastructure. GPW uses a state-of-the-art trading system and its listed companies meet the highest standards of corporate governance and disclosure requirements. Furthermore, the dynamic development of the Polish economy represents an opportunity for international investors. Poland’s upgrade to Developed Market status is a challenge, which we are ready to face,” said Marek Dietl, President of the GPW Management Board.
Following this upgrade, Poland has joined the world’s 25 most developed economies including Germany, France, Japan, Australia and USA. Poland is the first Central and Eastern European economy to be upgraded to Developed Market status.
FTSE Russell reviews its country classification in view of the regulatory environment, infrastructure and quality of the capital market, the depository and clearing system, as well as the status of the derivatives market.
FTSE Russell indices are an important benchmark for leading global investment funds. The classification may result in moving companies from FTSE indices of emerging markets to FTSE indices of developed markets.
Poland remains classified as an Emerging Market by MSCI, which in turn expands the range of investors interested in the Polish market.