Dear World Investment Network colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to inform you that the UNCTAD World Investment 
Report 2011 will be released on 26 July 2011. As in previous years, WIR11
contains chapters on FDI global and regional trends, key policy 
developments, and a topical theme. 

The theme this year is “Non-equity Modes of International Production and 
Development”. The Report presents original, ahead-of-curve analyses on why 
and how non-equity modes (NEMs) such as contract manufacturing, services 
outsourcing, contract farming, franchising and licensing are used by TNCs 
in managing their global value chains. These analyses include an 
assessment of the drivers behind and the scale and scope of NEMs; the host 
country determinants of where TNCs establish NEM partnerships and 
consequent development impact; and the policy implications which arise. 
The bottom line is that NEMs represent a highly significant “middle way” 
between FDI and trade which, among others, shapes patterns of 
international trade and trajectories of development. 
Within the Report, there are several key elements which merit your 
·       Recent trends in global FDI: FDI flows by industry, components and 
modes of entry 
·       Regional trends in FDI, including investment patterns in low 
income countries
·       Global investment prospects in the short and medium term
·       State-owned transnational corporations: a unique analysis of their 
origins, characteristics, investment patterns, and of the concerns arising 
in host and home countries.
·       Recent developments in investment policies at the national and 
international levels
·       Interaction between industrial and FDI policies
·       Corporate social responsibility: a systemic analysis

To download the current and previous editions of the World Investment 
Report, please visit our website: 

This year's report will be made available from 26 July 2011, 17:00 hours 

I look forward to receiving your feedback on the Report.

Best regards,

James X. Zhan
Team leader, World Investment Report &
Director, Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 9175797