Maplecroft highlights concerns in a number of the Growth Markets, which suffer from poor legal and regulatory environments, widespread corruption and a failure to respect the rule of law. These factors act as a major hindrance to the business environment and Maplecroft views political reform in these areas as crucial if countries are to reach their full economic potential. Nigeria, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Uganda all have room for improvement in the Maplecroft Index. They are countries that could see their ranking improve if reforms to address political risk and legal and regulatory factors are implemented as an imperative. Improvements will be monitored in future bi-annual indices.