Including Senegal, the report praises the four countries for improving their performance for five consecutive years since 2010.
Xi said measures would be taken to raise foreign-equity caps in the banking, securities and insurance industries, accelerate the opening-up of the insurance industry, ease restrictions on the establishment of foreign financial institutions in China, expand their business scope and open up more areas of cooperation between Chinese and foreign financial markets.
Barrow has repeatedly made reference to China on rapid economic growth, especially after his visit to Beijing in December.
A fossil of a human finger found by British archaeologists in Saudi Arabia supports a theory long held by Chinese researchers that modern humans left Africa and migrated to China tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
"It has made the largest leap among the top 10 economies, which in turn are supported by strong and stable financial markets," says the report. It attributes the large leap to the mainland's physical infrastructure and healthy level of competition and openness, which it says ensure efficient markets.