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Category Archives: UNCTAD

The UK has become the world’s largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment

In the first half of 2013, the UK received an inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of $75 billion, which put the UK in first place, ahead of China with $67 billion and the US with $66 billion.   Overall, global FDI inflows were an estimated $745 billion in the first half of 2013, which was 4% higher than in … Continue reading

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Merchandise exports from developed countries fell last year

There was a fall in the merchandise exports of developed nations of 2.75% in 2012, according to figures just released by UNCTAD. However, this was offset by a rise of 3.6% amongst developing countries, although much of that increase occurred in petroleum and gas exporting countries. In fact, developing countries that are primarily exporters of commodities other than fuels saw … Continue reading

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Sharp fall in global foreign direct investment last year

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 18% in 2012 to a level which was close to the trough reached in 2009, according to the Global Investment Trends Monitor just published by UNCTAD. The Report puts this down to the uncertainty which has been caused by the weakening macroeconomic environment, with falls being registered for global growth in GDP, … Continue reading

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Fall in global foreign direct investment

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8 per cent in the first half of 2012, as the economic recovery suffered new setbacks in the second quarter of 2012, according to UNCTAD’s tenth Global Investment Trend Monitor.  The organisation now projects that FDI flows will, at best, level-off in 2012, at slightly below US$1.6 trillion. “Investment leads economic growth … Continue reading

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Least developed countries being badly hit by world downturn

The world financial and economic crisis has reversed recent growth trends in the world’s poorest nations, according to a report just issued this morning by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Fourth United Nations LDC Conference, held last year in Istanbul, resulted in a Programme of Action that sets a target of having at least half … Continue reading

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Fiscal tightening is endangering global recovery says UN organisation

The Trade and Development Report 2011: Post-Crisis Policy Challenges in the World Economy, released yesterday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), argues that a shift from fiscal stimulus towards fiscal tightening is self-defeating, especially in the most developed economies which were severely hit by the financial crisis. In such a situation, a restrictive fiscal policy may … Continue reading

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