Dear Members of the World Investment Network,

It is my pleasure to inform you that UNCTAD has just launched a 
publication entitled "How to Integrate FDI and Skill Development: Lessons 
from Canada and Singapore", the fifth instalment of UNCTAD´s Investment 
Advisory Series B. 

The study focuses on identifying policies that can be used to integrate 
foreign direct investment (FDI) and skill development. It identifies 
policy experiences and best practices from two countries that consistently 
rank high in terms of human resource development and have incorporated FDI 
into their respective skill-development processes. The report says that 
transnational corporations (TNCs), being on average more productive and 
technology-intensive than domestic firms, tend to bring positive 
contributions to local economies, including in the form of skills 
development, but that the positive impact of FDI inflows on the local 
skills base is not automatic. Policies need to be carefully designed and 
sequenced to achieve that goal.

The Investment Advisory B series focuses on case studies of best practices 
in policy and strategic matters related to foreign investment and 
development.  It is intended to help policy makers and complements the A 
series, which deals with issues related to investment promotion and 
facilitation and the work of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and 
similar institutions.

We hope you find the paper interesting and look forward to hearing your 

Best regards,

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


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