World Investment Report 2004

The Shift Towards Services

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The World Investment Report is recognized worldwide as an authoritative source of information and analysis on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It focuses on FDI trends at the regional and country levels and emerging measures to improve its contribution to development. This year's report examines the shift of FDI towards services with a focus on the entry of Transnational Corporations into new service areas. It provides a special analysis of offshoring service activities and of key issues relating to national and international policies.




After three years of decline in global investment flows, there are signs of revival. With global economic growth improving in 2004, prospects for global investment look bright. This is particularly the case in services, which make up the largest economic sector in many countries, and which dominate foreign direct investment. The World Investment Report 2004 looks at the shift towards services and examines the challenges and opportunities that arise for development.


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