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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011

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As in previous years, this report provides a quantitative overview of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and examines these capital flows by destination economic sector and geographical area of origin. It describes the pattern of FDI originating in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on the international expansion under way at some of the region’s major companies, the so-called trans-Latins. The main theme of this report is the operations of European companies in Latin American and Caribbean. The report examines the behaviour and strategy of the major European transnationals and, in search of a more thorough understanding, takes a detailed look at two sectors where foreign capital, especially from Europe, plays a substantial role: commercial banking and power.

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Foreign direct investment between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the past decade the European Union was the origin of an average US$ 30 billion per year in foreign direct investment to Latin America and the Caribbean, accounting for nearly 40% of all FDI flowing to the region and making it the main investor there. This chapter looks at the principal patterns and characteristics of FDI flows between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the strategies followed by the transnational companies that are behind these investment flows. It also refers to some of the specific microeconomics of European FDI, its importance for greenfield investment in manufacturing and its contribution to innovation and research and development (R&D) in the region.

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