ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/2020/Policy Brief.6

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Shared Economic Prosperity

Focus Area: Trade & regional connectivity

Initiatives: Integrated national financing frameworks, Arab exports

SDGs: Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords: Covid-19, Foreign direct investment, International trade

The impact of COVID-19 on Arab economies trade and foreign direct investment

April 2020

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on economies worldwide, disrupting supply chains and production networks, and restricting the flow of goods and services, capital and movement, thus severely impacting trade and businesses in the Arab region. Decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and a substantial drop in the market capital of Arab stock markets have compounded the losses of businesses and economies in the region.

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