Annual Investment Meeting 2021 (organized by AIM)

19 Oct 2021

Annual Investment Meeting 2021 (organized by AIM)

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

The global economy is undergoing a massive transition. The use of technology in everyday life has taken a quantum leap. The ramifications of the growing dependence of people on technology are in the limelight. The structural changes in business models are reverberating across the globe. Can we say – “We are in the midst of yet another revolution? A digital revolution.”? The mass vaccination drive has raised hopes. New technologies with economic strengthening policies are being adopted across the globe to establish a neo-future. Investors are open about investing across portfolios, industries and geographies, leaving little scope for trembling uncertainty.

As observed by the International Monetary Fund, “The global economy is projected to grow 5.5% in 2021 and 4.2% in 2022. The 2021 forecast is revised up 0.3 percentage points relative to the previous forecast, reflecting expectations of a vaccine-powered strengthening of activity later in the year and additional policy support in a few large economies.”

The recovery from the pandemic is projected to be accelerating through divergence, based on the mass vaccination drive across the global community, policy changes adopted by economies, and cross-continental investments. These pillars are expected to propel the mobility of funds and resources and normalize the evolving renewed economy.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows plunged globally by 35% in 2020, to $1 trillion from $1.5 trillion the previous year (UNCTAD World Investment Report 2020). Lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic around the world slowed down existing investment projects, and the prospects of a recession led multinational enterprises to reassess new projects. Global FDI flows are expected to bottom out in 2021 and recover some lost ground with an increase of 10% to 15%. The relatively modest recovery in global FDI projected for 2021 reflects lingering uncertainty about access to vaccines, the emergence of virus mutations and the reopening of economic sectors.

The so-called “bull market” remained no alien to recession. It stumbled the pre-prediction of the investors. However, a good understanding of the historical moves is helping them cope up with the recession-hit ecosystem. The collaboration between humans and machines is leading this transformation. The intelligent assistance provided by technology in the capital market transforms the way investors design and implement their investment plans. The crisis has also put debts to the test. Banks are expecting to experience a hurdle-free year ahead.

The small and medium-sized enterprises sector is considered to be the backbone of the developing economies. Big money in this small sector unexpectedly went on hold with the onset of the pandemic. The excessive debt levels and the growing financing gap show signs of stress; however, the digitization of the sector looks to return the confidence of the investors and consumers. Expansion of SME needs investing in technology.

The start-up ecosystem gives glimmers of hope in science and technology. It has reinforced the position of entrepreneurship and encouraged hybrid working providing impetus to the adoption of productivity tools back office. Digital innovation, on the whole, looks to engulf the broader sectors of fintech, global supply chain, manufacturing, construction, energy, transport, and agritech; climate tech being one of the significant considerations. Venture capital is flooding the start-ups at record levels. The start-up ecosystem gives glimmers of hope in science and technology. It has reinforced the position that entrepreneurship anchors of the economy are also looking to establish future cities. 55% of the world’s population resides in urban cities, which is expected to rise to 68% in 2050. Hence, as these urban cities account for approximately 80% of the energy consumption, it is only essential to be future-ready.

The year 2021 looks to examine the paradigm shift in the approach of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. As per reports, the OBOR initiative is expected to increase the trade in China by nearly $1.7 trillion between 2020 and 2030. Industry is looking to revive its global approach with facilitation, transition and transaction. The OBOR technology at this point presents an outstanding opportunity for the globe.

Event Manager: Mr. Walid Farghal and Mr. Prashant Odhrani
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