Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to share with you the latest issue of our Global Investment Trends Monitor.<https://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/diaeiainf2018d1_en.pdf> Highlights: * Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 41% in the first half of 2018, to an estimated US$470 billion, from US$794 billion in the same period in 2017. * The decline in FDI flows is in contrast with trends in cross-border merger and acquisitions (M&As) and announced greenfield investments. M&A sales remained flat in the first half of 2018 at US$371. Announced greenfield projects – an indicator of future trends – recovered to US$454 billion, an increase of 42%, from relatively low levels in the same period in 2017. * The decline was largely concentrated in developed countries where FDI inflows fell sharply, by 69% to an estimated US$135 billion. The greenfield investment recovery largely passed over the developed countries, where the increase was less than 5%. * FDI also declined across all developing regions, but only slightly, to an estimated US$310 billion in the first half of the year, 4% lower than in the first half of 2017. The share of developing economies in global FDI reached 66%, a record. The FDI trends for the first half of 2018 risk bringing global investment down to its lowest level for more than a decade, driven more by policy factors than by the economic cycle. How to build and maintain a global policy climate that is conducive to investment in sustainable development will be discussed by policymakers from around the world at next week’s World Investment Forum<http://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org/#/ms-1/3>, from 22-26 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Best regards, James X. Zhan Director, Investment and Enterprise<https://unctad.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=2483e9d948&e=30a3c54ba5> Lead, World Investment Report United Nations Conference on Trade & Development Palais des Nations, Geneva http://www.unctad.org/wir<https://unctad.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=d89f4c1ea8&e=30a3c54ba5> http://www.worldinvestmentforum.org<https://unctad.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=78dbb72279&e=30a3c54ba5> http://investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org<https://unctad.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3592d5dcafd1b9278dd78095f&id=ee8ddf53a4&e=30a3c54ba5> ____ AIB-L is brought to you by the Academy of International Business. For information: http://aib.msu.edu/community/aib-l.asp To post message: [log in to unmask] For assistance: [log in to unmask] AIB-L is a moderated list.