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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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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Global investment flows have seen serious cutbacks this year.

One would have hoped that the reining back in government expenditure around the world might have been offset by increases in foreign direct investment (FDI). But figures published by UNCTAD yesterday in their Global Investment Trends Monitor No.4, show that this hasn’t been happening. Flows of global FDI actually fell in the second quarter of 2010. In fact UNCTAD’s FDI … Continue reading

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Poorest countries need to adopt a new approach

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has just published its “Least Developed Countries Report 2009”, which looks at the world’s 49 poorest countries.   The report says the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) need to focus macroeconomic policy on building up both the productive capacity of their economies and infrastructure. Also, they need to ensure that their fledgling banking … Continue reading

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