The time-series data on FDI and the activities of TNCs provide valuable information on developments in cross-border capital flows as well as distribution of international production. Data are presented and analyzed by UNCTAD in its annual World Investment Report to observe the latest trends in globalization of economic activities. UNCTAD disseminates the data in various statistical publications, such as the World Investment Directory and uses the data in a range of analytical reports and other activities.
Such data are also of importance in the context of trade negotiations such as in the framework of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Users of UNCTAD statistics include, in particular, policy makers and trade negotiators, academia as well as the business community.