Disruptions Should Be an Enabler for Sustainable Global Growth

The EU Business School had its Commencement ceremonies 2018 in Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland on 13th June 2018 and in Bayerishes Hof Hotel, Munich, Germany on 16th June 2018. Dr. R. Seetharaman, Doha Bank CEO participated in the Commencement ceremonies at both the locations. Dr. R. Seetharaman gave a key note address on “Global disruptions and opportunities” on 16th June 2018 during the Commencement Ceremony at Munich, Germany.

At the key note address, Dr. R. Seetharaman gave insight on Global economies. He said “Global growth is expected to be at 3.9 percent in 2018. Advanced economies are projected to grow at 2.5 percent in 2018. Growth in emerging market and developing economies is expected to increase to 4.9 percent in 2018. Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 16% in 2017 to an estimated $1.52 trillion. The FDI investment in sectors that can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals is still badly needed. Promoting FDI for sustainable development remains a challenge. Global levels of corporate and sovereign debt represented a risk. Global public and private debt swelled to 225 percent of global gross domestic product in 2016. The surge in oil prices, rise in US bond yields, strengthening of US dollar and trade divergence talks are some of the key developments impacting global economies.”

Dr. R. Seetharaman highlighted on trade divergence developments. He said “In response to recent US Actions, Mexico swiftly imposed tariffs on US steel imports, as well as Bourbon, pork, apples and potatoes, ranging from between 15% and 25%. The European Commission followed suit, confirming that it would be “rebalancing” import tariffs on US-made products into Europe in response to the sanctions, which will impact €2.8 billion of US imports into the EU.”

Dr. R. Seetharaman gave insight on technology developments. He said “The Fourth Industrial Revolution combines advanced technologies in innovative ways, dramatically reshaping the way people live, work and relate to one another. Various industries are getting redefined, the health sector can be reimagined, the work space is undergoing changes, robotics and artificial intelligence are going to play important roles and the customer will be more empowered in the digital environment. We are witnessing smart cities development across the globe. Investment in such cities look at characteristics of cities, capital requirements for various initiatives, and the decision-making process. The structure of the payments and retail banking market is breaking up. An open banking model is emerging up. Open banking enables third parties to develop new products and services through use of APIs. Accelerating digital ecosystem development could lead to cashless economies. Block chain technologies are used in remittances, clearance and settlement systems and trade finance.”

Dr. R. Seetharaman highlighted on Sustainable development. He said “China emerged as the biggest emitter of Carbon emissions, US was the second biggest emitter, the EU was the third biggest emitter and India the fourth biggest emitter. Global carbon dioxide emissions surged to record levels in 2017 after the landmark 2016 Paris climate agreement was signed and a thrust is needed on sustainable development. Sustainable finance refers to any form of financial service integrating environmental and social into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of both clients and society at large and contribute to green economies. The 17 Sustainable development goals not just cover climate change but extends to areas such as health, education, infrastructure etc. Institutions should explore the concept of sustainable finance to other sustainable development goals based on their willingness and risk appetite to participate in financing such areas. Central banks have a key role to play in enabling green financial instruments. This could be done through establishing green finance guidelines and frameworks to integrate environmental and social considerations into bank lending decisions. The disruptions such as technology & trade should be an enabler for sustainable global growth. ”