World Investment Report

WIR Reader The World Investment Report focuses on trends in foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide, at the regional and country levels and emerging measures to improve its contribution to development. Click on the "Reports" tab below to download a free copy of this report. Overviews of the report are also available in all official UN languages.

Every issue of the Report has:
  • Analysis of the trends in FDI during the previous year, with especial emphasis on the development implications.
  • Ranking of the largest transnational corporations in the world.
  • In-depth analysis of a selected topic related to FDI.
  • Policy analysis and recommendations.
  • Statistical annex with data on FDI flows and stocks at the country level.
 

 

 

 News

 
 Global foreign direct investment projected to plunge 40% in 2020
COVID-19 causes steep drop in investment flows, hitting developing countries hardest. Recovery is not expected before 2022, says new UNCTAD report.
 COVID-19 will likely transform global production, says UN report
New UNCTAD report shows reshoring, diversification and regionalization will drive restructuring of global value chains in the coming years.
 Investment flows in Africa set to drop 25% to 40% in 2020
All industries on the continent are reeling from the double blow of the coronavirus pandemic and low commodity prices, UNCTAD’s new report says.
 Investment flows to developing countries in Asia could fall up to 45% in 2020
Lockdown measures and factory stoppages in the wake of COVID-19 have severely impacted supply chain and factories’ production in the region.
 Foreign investment in Latin America expected to halve in 2020
COVID-19 shock sends ripples across sectors, with commodities, tourism and transportation among the most severely hit, new UNCTAD report reveals.
 Global foreign direct investment slides for third consecutive year
Contraction largely caused by US multinationals repatriating earnings from abroad.
 Global competition for investment prompts a surge in special economic zones
More than 1,000 zones were created in the last five years, and at least 500 more are in the pipeline for the coming years.
 Foreign direct investment to Africa defies global slump, rises 11%
Continent-wide trade agreement bodes well for future investment in Africa and burgeoning special economic zones further buttress prospects.
 Developing countries in Asia receive more than $500 billion in investments
Region receives 39% of global investment flows - the largest share. It also hosts more than 4,000 special economic zones - three quarters of world total.
 Investment flows to transition economies continued to slide in 2018
Transition economies lean heavily on special economic zones for investment.
 Investment flows to structurally weak economies remain fragile
Least developed countries recover, led by Asia, while small island developing states contract again as flows to Caribbean and African islands flounder.
 Foreign direct investment to Latin America and the Caribbean slides by 6%
Investment flows to and from the region are expected to hold steady in 2019, as commodity prices and economic conditions in major economies stabilize.

 

 Reports

 
World Investment Report 2020 (Overview) (UNCTAD/WIR/2020 (Overview))
World Investment Report 2019 (Overview) (UNCTAD/WIR/2019(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2018 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2018(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2017 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2017(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2016 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2016 (Overview))
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World Investment Report 2014 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2014(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2013 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2013(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2012 (Overview) (UNCTAD/WIR/2012(Overview))
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World Investment Report 2011 (Overview) (UNCTAD/WIR/2011 (Overview))
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World Investment Report 2010 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2010(Overview) )
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World Investment Report 2009 - Overview (UNCTAD/WIR/2009(Overview))
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WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2006 - OVERVIEW (UNCTAD/WIR/2006(OVERVIEW))
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