World Investment Report 2003

FDI Policies for Development - National and International Perspectives

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This Report is recognized worldwide as an authoritative source of information and analysis on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This year’s Report looks in detail at the forces behind the continued decline in FDI globally. It evaluates how the various regions and countries fared and forecasts the chances for recovery and growth at the global and regional levels. The Report also assesses the interaction between national and international FDI policies and examines implications they have on development. It concludes by highlighting the key issues, from the perspective of development, that must be considered in investment agreements.



Conclusions: The challenge Of the development dimension

Most host countries conclude international investment agreements (agreements that address, at least in part, investment issues) mainly to help attract FDI to further their development. Most home countries conclude them mainly to make the regulatory framework for FDI in host countries more transparent, stable, predictable and secure— and to reduce obstacles to future FDI flows. Because the regulatory framework for FDI—at whatever level—is at best enabling whether FDI actually flows depends mainly on the economic determinants in host countries.


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