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.




In 1945 our founders enshrined the promotion of economic development and the improvement of the quality of life for people in all countries as fundamental objectives of the United Nations. Since then, countries have worked together to achieve these objectives and many of them have made great progress. Even so, the gap between developing and developed countries, and between rich and poor within many countries, remains as wide as ever. In some respects, it is growing even larger. Achieving sustainable and equitable development thus remains the unfinished task of the twentieth century.


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