Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 1998

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This publication sets out and analyses the main foreign direct investment (FDI) trends in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in 1998. In 1997, US$ 65.2 billion poured into the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean. Approximately 30% of that was concentrated in Brazil, which emerged once again as the principal FDI destination country in the region. According to preliminary estimates for 1998, net FDI inflows will be much the same as in 1997.



Summary and conclusions

In the latter part of this century, foreign direct investment (FDI) —reflecting the international expansion of transnational corporations— has been one of the key elements in the globalization of the world economy. During the 1990s FDI flows worldwide grew strongly, averaging an annual USS 245 billion between 1991 and 1996 and leaping to nearly US$ 400 billion in 1997. Thus, transnational corporations have continued to grow in importance in the economies of most nations, whether developed or developing.


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