In 2016, global flows of foreign direct investment fell by about 2 per cent, to $1.75 trillion. Investment in developing countries declined even more, by 14 per cent, and flows to LDCs and structurally weak economies remain volatile and low. Although UNCTAD predicts a modest recovery of FDI flows in 2017–2018, they are expected to remain well below their 2007 peak.
This year’s World Investment Report subtitled Investment and the Digital Economy. It shows that the digital economy is having a major impact on global patterns of investment, and provides important insights on the implications of the digital economy for investment policies designed for the analogue era, as well as suggests how investment policy can support digital development.
Read the World Investment Report overview online: