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Social concerns to be key focus for Middle East investors in 2022: expert

Factors relating to businesses social aspects are likely to be a foremost factor in regional investors over the coming year, Craig Roberts, Regional Managing Director, MENA at global financial services provider Apex Group said.

Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) have increasingly become an important trend among the global investment community, but, in the Middle East, investors focus is firmly aimed at the social aspect of ESG, Roberts explained.

“Whilst continued ESG focus is expected globally, in the MENA region, we anticipate a significant focus on the “S” component of ESG, with the growth of impact investing, including capital flows from the Gulf into Africa. The regional appetite for impact investment is borne out by recent data from Standard Chartered which found that 74 percent of UAE investors want to leave a positive legacy through sustainable investing – above the global average of 65 percent,” he said.

Outside of digitalisation, the Middle East is also home to some of the largest environmental investments in the world. Renewable energy investments, such as Saudi Arabia’s mega green hydrogen project in NEOM, have helped raise the profile of the region as a hub for next generation energy technology.

Source: Arabian Business