World Investment Report 2018

Investment and New Industrial Policies

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This report presents international investment trends and prospects at global, regional and national levels, as well as the evolution of international production and global value chains. It analyses the latest developments in new policy measures for investment promotion, facilitation and regulation around the world, as well as updates on investment treaties, their reform and investment dispute settlement cases. It provides an overview of industrial policy models for countries at different development levels and the role of investment policies within each model. It analyses the investment policy implications of the new industrial revolution for high-, middle- and low-income countries and offers a toolkit for investment policymakers on how to use investment policies for new industrial development strategies.



FDI prospects

Global FDI flows are projected to increase marginally, by about 5 per cent in 2018, to $1.5 trillion. This expectation is based on current forecasts for a number of macroeconomic indicators and firm-level factors, UNCTAD’s survey of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) regarding investment prospects, UNCTAD’s econometric forecasting model of FDI inflows and preliminary 2018 data for announced greenfield projects.


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