Global investments are expected to recover by 15 per cent this year and 20 per cent in 2022. This forecast is partially based on the UN agency UNCTAD's recently published statistics where several factors come into play, not least the rapid development of vaccines. The pandemic is not over yet – but hope has been restored.
The outbreak of Covid-19 had a devastating impact on cross-border investment , which fell by 35 per cent in 2020 compared to previous year, to USD 999 billion from USD 1,530 billion. The effects on companies' propensity to invest and expand abroad were most significant during the first half of the year.
But companies proved to be more resilient than previously feared. Businesses around the world quickly adapted to new regulations. E-commerce got a dramatic boost and home working prompted people around the world to upgrade their living space. Sectors such as household services, the events sector and tourism were severely affected, but extensive support packages and the rapid roll out of new vaccines dampened the consequences.
The analysis of how the pandemic has affected the world has only just begun. What are the main factors that will affect cross-border investment in Sweden and globally? Find out in this report and explore key FDI trends for the next three years.