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World Investment Report 2010

Investing in a Low-Carbon Economy

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The World Investment Report 2010 marks its 20th anniversary edition and draws attention to investing in a low-carbon economy. The report illustrates global and regional trends in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) followed by recent policy developments. Global FDI witnessed a modest, but uneven recovery in the first half of 2010. This sparks some cautious optimism for FDI prospects in the short run and for a full recovery in the future. Developing and transitional economies attracted half of global FDI inflows, and invested one quarter of global FDI outflows. Overcoming barriers remains a key challenge to attract FDI for small, vulnerable and weak economies. The chapter on leveraging foreign investment for a low carbon economy describes characteristics and scope of low-carbon foreign investment; its drivers and determinants; strategies and policy options; and sums up with global partnership to further low-carbon investment for sustainable development.

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Regional trends in FDI

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell in all major regional groupings of countries in 2009, though not equally. In contrast with the previous year, flows to developing and transition regions also registered declines – marking the end of a prolonged period of near uninterrupted growth. FDI flows to these regions, however, recovered in the second half of 2009 and showed increase vigour in the first quarter of 2010.

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