UNCTAD: Global foreign direct investment fell 13% in 2016, but modest recovery expected in 2017




February 1, 2017 | UNCTAD

“FDI recovery continues along a bumpy road. Particularly of concern is the sharp drop-off in manufacturing investment projects, which play such an important role in generating badly needed productivity improvements in developing economies,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said.

“Looking ahead, economic fundamentals point to a potential increase in FDI flows by around 10% in 2017,” Dr. Kituyi said. “However, significant uncertainties about the shape of future economic policy developments could hamper FDI in the short-term.”

The decline of FDI in 2016 was not equally shared across regions, reflecting the heterogeneous impact of the current economic environment on countries worldwide.

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