Dear Members of the World Investment Network (WIN),

It is my pleasure to share with you UNCTAD's new product, Bilateral FDI 
Statistics publication. 

Sound FDI data is an essential tool for research and policy analysis, and 
a basis for policy formulation, implementation and assessment. The current 
publication is a major effort by UNCTAD to fill an important gap in FDI 

UNCTAD's Bilateral FDI Statistics provides up-to-date and systematic FDI 
data for 206 economies around the world, covering inflows (table 1), 
outflows (table 2), inward stock (table 3) and outward stock (table 4) by 
region and economy. 

This publication will be updated every year, and will be complemented with 
sectoral/industrial FDI statistics that will be published separately. It 
is hoped that this FDI data series will become a standard reference for 
policy-makers, as well as for academia, the private sector, and 
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. 

To review and present internationally comparable national data on FDI, it 
is essential to harmonize country statistics in accordance with 
internationally accepted definitions at all levels: national, regional and 
global. To complement efforts in publishing FDI statistics, UNCTAD also 
provides technical assistance to support national efforts in providing 
reliable and comparable FDI data.

Readers are encouraged to use the data in this publication for 
non-commercial purposes, provided acknowledgement is explicitly given to 
UNCTAD, together with the reference to this publication.

For the latest issue of the Global Investment Trends Monitor and the 
UNCTAD Investment Policy Monitor, please click here. For the latest World 
Investment Report, please click here. 

Please note that the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2014 will take place in 
Geneva, 13-16 October 2014. 

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

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