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World Investment Report 2000

Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions, and Development

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Recognized worldwide as an authoritative source of information and analysis on foreign direct investment (FDI), the World Investment Report 2000 pays particular attention to the phenomenon of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. While cross-border mergers and acquisitions have been prevalent in developed countries for some time, they have become increasingly important in developing countries and economies in transition. Above all, the Report analyzes the impact of cross-border mergers and acquisitions on host country development, and discusses implications for policy makers. The World Investment Report 2000 provides a comprehensive analysis of the current trends and developments in key areas of globalizing world economy. The Report is a must-read for those seeking deeper understanding of the links between international investment and economic development worldwide.

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Global trends: The expanding international production system

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows continue to set new records. In 1999, global inflows reached $865 billion, an increase of 27 per cent over the previous year. FDI flows to developing countries, after stagnating in 1998, seemed set to resume their earlier growth trend. Their value reached $208 billion, an increase of 16 per cent over 1998. The driving force behind the 1999 increase in FDI continued to be cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), accounting for a substantial share of total flows — a higher share in developed and a lower share in developing countries.

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