World Investment Report 2014 UNCTAD

In 2013 global FDI showed 9% growth of inflows. Short-term forecast of $1.6 trillion in 2014 looks reassuring after the2012 slump.

One of the key findings of the World Investment Report is that developing economies show significant increase in both FDI inflows and outflows compared to previous years. Developing Asia is the largest FDI recipient, attracting far more FDI than that of either the EU or North America.

Concerns about the functioning and impact of the IIA regime on sustainable development have led to increasing calls for reform of the system.

This year’s report focuses on sustainable development and offers an action plan on investment. The World Investment Report Action Plan for Private Investment in the SDGs includes a range of policy options and a set of action packages in order to increase private investment in sustainable development.

Global economic, social and environmental challenges push the international community to reform the investment climate and set new goals. A set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was set for the period 2015 and 2030. In order to achieve these goals the Report proposes to form a Strategic Framework for Private Investment. This framework will address key challenges faced by the global economy. The suggested framework will guide and galvanize action for private investment, channel investment to SDG sectors, mobilize investments for developing countries as well as maximize the impact of investment while minimizing risks.

Foreign investment – a driving force of economic development, trade, and jobs

The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) joined with six other business associations to launch a new online information clearinghouse, Investment Policy Central, on Oct 16, 2012, New York, to strengthen an open climate for foreign direct investment in the U.S.

Foreign direct investment is an important driving force for economic growth, trade and jobs. Investment Policy Center will serve as a center for accurate and up-to-date information on the benefits of global investment, debunks common investment myths and provide links to a wide range of resources on investment policy.

For more information: http://www.uscib.org/index.asp?documentID=4394