Global FDI reaches pre-crisis levels in 2013, outlook optimistic for 2014-2015

28 January 2014

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows rose by 11% in 2013, to an estimated US$1.46 trillion – a level comparable to the pre-crisis average, the latest UNCTAD Global Investment Trends Monitor reports. However, developed countries remain trapped in a historically low share of global FDI, accounting for only 39%.

The UNCTAD report analyses the most recent trends in global investment and assesses their prospects for 2014–2015.

It covers FDI trends in developed, developing and transition economies, as well as in major regionally integrated groupings and initiatives such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

An in-depth analysis of FDI trends will feature in the forthcoming World Investment Report 2014, to be published in June 2014.