World Investment Report 1992

Transnational Corporations as Engines of Growth

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This timely study examines the role of TNCs as engines of international growth. Its analysis shows ample cause for optimism and it is hoped that the lessons learned from the analysis will assist in policy formulation and the design on technical assistance in an increasing number of countries and thereby help make the 1990s a decade of renewed economic development.



International production and governance

The analysis in the present report documents the rising importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world economy. Investment flows have grown considerably in both absolute terms and relative to a number of key economic indicators, with, for instance, sales of foreign affiliates being larger than world exports (Part One). Foreign direct investment, and the flows of capital, technology, training and trade that are part of it, has become the primary means by which a growing number of countries are integrated in the international economy. As a result, transnational corporations (TNCs) have become the principal private actors in the world economy.


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