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Experts debate trends in world investment and political risk

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on December 7, 2009

by MIGA, December 7, 2009.

Experts from the political risk insurance (PRI) industry gathered recently to debate trends in global political risk and foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in the wake of the economic and financial crisis. A symposium in London jointly sponsored by MIGA and the Financial Times considered the landscape for investing in emerging markets, managing global political risk in uncertain times, and whether investors in general are moving into a riskier world. The panel discussions and audience participation prompted rich and lively debate around these and other issues.

World Bank Managing Director Graeme Wheeler set the scene.   He noted indications that FDI flows are expected to increase over the next three years, with many investors redirecting investment to developing countries. “This is likely to be a long-term trend. The opportunities and demand for FDI are enormous.” And as global leaders prepared to meet in Copenhagen, he cited climate change as the defining issue of our time and one that offers huge scope for FDI.

However, Wheeler also sounded a note of caution as he looked towards the future. “FDI flows will depend on the progress made in delivering sound economic policies, good governance, social stability, and adequate infrastructure.” He told the audience the biggest challenges are likely to come from issues around nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and political tensions associated with climate change, food security, water management, demographic aging, the degree of poverty alleviation, and the distribution of income…(continue reading)


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