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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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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UK retains its lead as a destination for inward investment … but only just.

The UK remains Europe’s top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) but will be overtaken by Germany within two years unless something is done, according to Ernst & Young’s annual UK Attractiveness Survey published today. The report shows that the UK attracted 679 projects in 2011 creating nearly 30,000 jobs. But, the country experienced a decline of 7% in the … Continue reading

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FDI creates few jobs in developing countries

 A new UNCTAD report on the status of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world´s 48 poorest countries urges a changed approach that would focus such investment on creating jobs, as well as on enhancing those countries´ productive capacities – that is, their abilities to produce wider varieties of goods and more sophisticated goods. The report is entitled Foreign Direct … Continue reading

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Sharp downturn in FDI flows

Global inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 39% from US$1.7 trillion in 2008 to just over US$1.0 trillion in 2009, according to estimates by UNCTAD. This decline was spread across all major groups of economies. Following a large fall in FDI inflows amongst developed countries in 2008, there was a further severe decline of 41% in 2009 as … Continue reading

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Migrants being hit by recession

Last week the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held a one-day meeting on “the contribution of migrants to development”. This followed a 2008 conference which said that UNCTAD should “conduct research and analysis on the potential benefits and opportunities of trade, investment and developmental links between migrants’ countries of origin and their communities abroad” and should “analyse … Continue reading

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Foreign investment into UK rises despite recession

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects located in the UK, expanded to 1,744 in the last financial year, 2008-09. This compares with 1,573 projects in the previous year.   According to UK Trade and Investment, the international business development body, in spite of the most difficult economic conditions, the UK was able to maintain its position as the … Continue reading

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