“Global Investment Trends Monitor” – UNCTAD – May 23, 2017

On May 23, 2017 the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published Issue 23 of its Global Investment Trends Monitor, on the occasion of the High-Level Forum on Finance for Development in New York.

Key findings include the following:

  • Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to structurally weak, vulnerable and small economies declined in 2016, although some groups were less affected than others. Their share in the world total shrank from 3.6 per cent in 2015 to 3.3 per cent.
  • After a high of $44 billion in 2015, flows to the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) retreated by 13 per cent to $38 billion. FDI to commodity-rich LDCs in Africa, notably Angola, Mozambique and Zambia, continued to decline, and flows to Asian LDCs slowed after a record year in 2015.
  • Investors from developing economies, led by China, continue to actively expand into LDCs and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs). In fact, China’s outward FDI became three times as much as the second largest investing economy. Developing economies accounted for seven of the top 10 investors in SIDS.

You may download the monitor from the UNCTAD publications library.

Scotland to host historic dialogue between global leaders in ethical finance – Global Ethical Finance Forum – September 13-14, 2017

2nd edition of Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) taking place in Edinburgh this September to convene leaders from Banking, SRI, ESG and Islamic finance, hailing from both developed and emerging markets.

GEFFEdinburgh, 22 May 2017: Middle East Global Advisors, a leading financial intelligence platform spearheading the agenda of sustainable and inclusive finance, announced that it will convene the second edition of the much-coveted Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) on September 13th and 14th in Edinburgh, Scotland. Based on a strategic partnership with Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC), the Forum will be held under the patronage of the Scottish Government, and will be hosted by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), building upon the legacy of the inaugural Forum held in September 2015.

The theme for GEFF 2017 – “Ethical Finance: Merging Profit & Purpose”, is in line with the Forum’s aspiration to serve as a platform of convergence and collaboration across the responsible finance universe, and to forge a vision for a more inclusive and sustainable financial system. GEFF will reinforce its reputation as the pre-eminent gathering of the most influential global leaders from the Banking, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and faith-based finance sectors.

GEFF 2017 will take place on September 13th and 14th at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)’s prestigious Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Continue reading “Scotland to host historic dialogue between global leaders in ethical finance – Global Ethical Finance Forum – September 13-14, 2017”