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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2008

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In 2008, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean rose to a new record high despite slowing with respect to the previous year, and the region's outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) reached its second highest level ever. Considering the economic and financial turmoil of the times, these results are surprisingly positive, but caution needs to be exercised in their interpretation. Many of the investments carried out in 2008 reflected the inertia effects of pre-crisis market trends, and capital flows in 2009 are in fact expected to fall. Focusing on the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on FDI flows is unavoidable in the present circumstances, but the analysis of the short-term situation should not relegate the issue of long-term development. This report provides a complete analysis of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the region.

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Foreign direct investment in offshore business services in Latin America and the Caribbean

Previous issues of this report have stressed that the main challenge of Latin American and Caribbean countries in their investment promotion efforts is to attract high-quality FDI (defined as that which induces local economic, technological and social development) rather than merely large quantities of investment. Although not among the industries generating the greatest dollar value of FDI, offshore business services have the potential to score well by the criteria that define high-quality FDI.

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