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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2004

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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 2004. For the first time since 1999, foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into Latin America and the Caribbean grew in 2004. These inflows topped US$ 54 billion, far exceeding the US$ 37 billion registered in 2003 and representing a 46% increase. This is welcome news for the region, as it may portend the beginning of a new and sustained investment boom.

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Electric power: Foreign direct investment and corporate strategies in the Southern Cone

Energy consumption has surged in the last few years, especially in developing countries. Electricity has played a particularly significant role in this trend, owing to changes in patterns of consumption and economic growth. In the 1980s, combined-cycle technology made it possible to generate electricity from natural gas, making gas an increasingly sought-after input for generation. In general, these developments have prompted firms to alter their corporate strategies and to show a growing interest in integrating the natural gas and electricity subsectors.

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