World´s Foreing Investment Up 16 Percent in 2011

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2012 entitled “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies” indicates that global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows increased by 16% in 2011, reaching US$1.5 trillion and exceeding the 2005-2007 pre-crisis average for the first time, despite the persistent effects of the global financial and economic crisis and the current problems in Europe. 

Transition and developing economies captured slightly more than half of the world's FDI (51%), with a strong drive in Latin America and Asia. Meanwhile, developed countries - which hit bottom in 2009 - received US$748 billion, improving capture levels by 21% over the previous year. 

FDI from developed countries rose sharply in 2011, by 25%, reaching US$1.2 trillion; the three major developed-economy investor blocs - the European Union, North America and Japan - contributed to the increase.

UNCTAD medium-term projections, based on macroeconomic data, point to a rise in FDI flows at moderate but steady pace, to reach US$1.6 trillion in 2012, US$1.8 trillion in 2013 and US$1.9 trillion in 2014, providing there are no macroeconomic shocks.

The report unveils the "Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development", which aims to guide national public policies towards inserting foreign investment into a context of inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Mexico ranked as 17th largest receiver globally and 7th among developing countries.

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