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Sovereign Wealth Funds 2019

Written in English


Javier Capapé, Patrick J. Schena, Paul Rose, Diego López

Date published
March 2020

IE Center for the Governance of Change

In 2019, the growth of the world economy slowed to 2.9%, the lowest annual rate recorded since the subprime crisis. This was a year in which the elements of uncertainty that had previously threatened the stability of the cycle began to have a more serious effect on economic expansion.

This report takes a close look at the greater participation of SWF in the most disruptive technologies, and also analyzes one of the most promising and novel aspects of the activity of these funds: their role as responsible investors in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The achievement of the SDG represents a business opportunity in areas such as the agroindustrial sector, smart cities, energy and health. SWF, as they are market-oriented government-controlled funds, might play a key role in involving private investment in the development of the 2030 Agenda. In 2018 and 2019 alone, SWF invested in sustainability-linked assets with a total value close to 16 billion dollars.

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