World Investment Report 2001

Promoting Linkages

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The World Investment Report (WIR) is the leading publication on global trends and development relating to foreign direct investment (FDI) and transnational corporations (TNCs). The report analyzes the geography of FDI, patterns and shifts in the distribution of FDI at the national, regional and international levels. WIR 2001 focuses on the issue of linkages between foreign affiliates of transnational corporations and local companies in developing countries as a means to enhance the competitiveness of the enterprise sector. The report identifies best practices in the area of linkage formation and discusses the patterns between foreign affiliates and local firms. WIR 2001 presents a list of the largest transnational corporations of the world, of developing countries and of Central Europe. As in the past years, the report offers useful empirical information and policy analysis for researchers and decision makers in governments and businesses.




International production – activity under the aegis of transnational corporations (TNCs) – continues to grow strongly. The main agent of international production, foreign direct investment (FDI), does not flow evenly across countries. This unevenness persists, and in some cases increases, over time. While this has long been a feature of the international economy, there are significant elements of change (WIR98). The growth of FDI in the past two decades or so has been accompanied by changes in its geographical pattern, indicating shifts in the investment climate in host countries and in the economic factors driving the location of international production. New locations are becoming attractive relative to old ones. The activities relocated across countries by direct investment are changing. Within TNCs, the specific corporate functions undertaken by parent firms and foreign affiliates (ranging from marketing to research and development (R&D)) are changing in scope and depth. Sources of FDI are also increasing and shifting.


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