Dear Members of the World Investment Network,

It is my pleasure to share with you a new UNCTAD product: Investment 
Country Profiles.

Without proper information and data on foreign direct investment (FDI) it 
is difficult for countries to formulate sound investment policies 
conducive to sustainable development, or to analyze countries' 
participation in global and regional economies.

Investment Country Profiles present several indicators at the country 
level: inward and outward FDI flows and stocks, the activities of 
transnational corporations (TNCs) and their foreign affiliates, and basic 
information on the largest TNCs both in and from the profile countries. 

Let me present some highlights from the first six Investment Country 
Profiles of Switzerland, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Czech Republic and 

Switzerland is a significant host country for FDI but also a major outward 
investor with an outward stock in 2010 of more than $900 billion, making 
it the fourth largest European source country of FDI, after the United 
Kingdom, France and Germany. Its TNCs currently employ 2.6 million people 
The stock of inward and outward FDI in Finland has consistently grown in 
importance for the economy, from 4 per cent of GDP in 1990 to 35 per cent 
of GDP in 2010. 
Despite the small size of its national economy, the inward FDI stock of 
Estonia is sizeable ($16 billion). This is mainly due to major market 
reforms, investment liberalization, and a privatization process open to 
foreign investors. With an outward FDI stock of $5.8 billion, Estonia had 
the second highest outward stock per capita (after Cyprus) among all new 
EU member countries in 2010. 
With an open economy and an investor-friendly tax system, Latvia has 
attracted a large amount of inward FDI relative to the size of its 
economy. At the end of 2010, its inward FDI stock reached $10.8 billion, 
equivalent to about 45 per cent of the gross domestic product. 
Lithuania has attracted relatively modest foreign investment, despite its 
membership of the EU. At the end of 2010, its inward FDI stock totaled 
$13.4 billion. Like Latvia, but unlike Estonia, the outward FDI stock was 
comparatively small at $2.1 billion. 
The Czech Republic continues to be a magnet for FDI in the enlarged EU. In 
2010, its inward FDI stock reached $130 billion - an amount equivalent to 
two thirds of its GDP. 

Investment Country Profiles, which we will publish regularly, are aimed at 
policymakers, researchers, intergovernmental and non-governmental 
organizations and decision makers in the private sector, who need 
up-to-date information on the patterns and trends of FDI and TNC activity 
at the country level. 

The next Investment Country Profiles will include Argentina, Turkey, 
Italy, Greece, France, Ukraine, Tunisia and South Africa. 

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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