By Favour Nnabugwu
Nigeria, Egypt and five other countries in Africa have recorded the highest pension fund assets as global pension fund assets grew by over 10% to $38.5 trillion in 2021.
The other five countries are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. This is according to a report by the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Pension funds are investment pools that accumulate wealth to pay for workers’ retirement. Typically, pension funds are contributed by both workers and their employers, especially in African countries where compulsory pension schemes exist.
Pension fund managers invest in different asset classes such as equities, fixed income assets such as bonds, treasury bills and corporate bonds, Collective Investment Schemes (CIS0, etc.
These seven countries altogether held 92.4 percent of pension fund assets in the OECD area.”
Business Insider Africa said the seven African countries that made it to the top list.
Nigeria’s pension fund assets grew by 9.1 percent to $32.6 billion, representing 7.6 percent of the country’s GDP.
Egypt’s pension fund asset grew by 8.0 percent to $6.2 billion, representing 1.5 percent of the country’s 2021 GDP.
The countries are: Ghana’s pension fund asset grew by 27.2 percent to $4.7 billion, representing 6.3 percent of the country’s GDP in 2021; Kenya: The country’s pension fund asset grew by 10.6 percent to $13.7 billion, resenting 12.9 percent of the country’s 2021 GDP; Namibia: This Southern African country’s pension fund assets grew by 17.6 percent to $11.8 billion, representing 103.0 percent of the country’s 2021 GDP.
The remaining two countries include: Uganda’s pension fund assets grew by 15.8 percent to $5.3 billion, representing 12.4 percent of the country’s GDP and
Zimbabwe’s pension fund assets grew by 285.8 percent to $2 billion, representing 7.6 percent of GDP.
The report focused specifically on pension fund assets in 68 countries or reporting jurisdictions, consisting of 38 OECD countries and 30 non-OECD countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.
“Overall, pension fund assets amounted to USD 38.5 trillion in a total of 68 reporting jurisdictions at end-2021.
Most of these assets were held by pension funds in the OECD area, totalling USD 37.7 trillion. The United States recorded the largest amount of assets in pension funds (USD 22.6 trillion), followed by the United Kingdom (USD 3.6 trillion), Australia (USD 2.3 trillion), the Netherlands (USD 2.0 trillion), Canada (USD 1.7 trillion), Japan (USD 1.5 trillion) and Switzerland (USD 1.2 trillion).