World Investment Report 1999

Foreign Direct Investment and the Challenge of Development

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Recognized as the most up-to-date and comprehensive source of information and analysis regarding foreign direct investment (FDI), the World Investment Report 1999, presents a special focus on FDI and the challenge of development, looking at its impact on key objectives of economic development. The Report examines the recent global and regional trends in FDI and describes the world's 100 largest transnational corporations (TNCs), the 50 largest TNCs in developing countries and the 25 largest TNCs in Central and Eastern Europe. Other areas of focus include an analysis of the momentum for an increasing globalization of economies through FDI and the activities of TNCs, along with a review of recent developments in bilateral and regional investment agreements.



Global trends

The growth of international production is an important part of the process of globalization. “International production” refers to that part of the production of goods and services of countries that is controlled and managed by firms headquartered in other countries. Firms can exercise control of production in countries (“host countries”) other than their own (“home country”) either through the ownership of a minimum share of equity – that is, a minimum share in the capital stock or assets – of the enterprises in which the production takes place, or through contractual (non-equity) arrangements that confer control upon them. Exercising control and having a voice in the management of an enterprise located abroad (“foreign affiliate”) – whether through capital investment or through contractual arrangement – leads to international production.


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