Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you the latest issue of our Global Investment Trends Monitor.<>


  *   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<>, from 22-26 October at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Best regards,

James X. Zhan
Director, Investment and Enterprise<>
Lead, World Investment Report
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva<><><>

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