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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

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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. The 2017 edition shows that the region is at a difficult juncture. FDI inflows declined by 7.9% in 2016, to US$ 167.043 billion, representing a cumulative fall of 17.0% since the peak in 2011. The fall in commodity prices continues to affect investments in natural resources, sluggish economic growth in several countries has slowed the flow of market-seeking capital, and the global backdrop of technological sophistication and expansion of the digital economy has concentrated transnational investments in developed economies.

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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 12 months since the publication of Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016 represent a turning point in the perception of globalization and its economic and social effects. Political events, such as the referendum in the United Kingdom which resulted in the vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) and the presidential election in the United States, reflect trends that developed over time in global production and trade. The difficulties of large middle-income sectors in developed countries resulted from years of slow growth, high unemployment —particularly among young people—, wage stagnation or deterioration and pressure from migratory flows of a magnitude not seen since the end of the 1940s.

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