World Investment Report 2007

Transnational Corporations, Extractive Industries and Development (Includes CD-ROM)

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The role of transnational corporations in extractive industries is attracting renewed attention, partly as a result of rising commodity prices and increased demand from emerging economies. This year, the World Investment Report examines TNC’s activities in extractive industries and their development implications. The Report explores policy options aimed at ensuring tangible and long-term gains for growth and development in developing countries. As usual, the first part of the Report reviews recent developments in global and regional FDI trends. Includes CD-ROM.




Foreign direct investment represents the largest share of external capital flows to developing countries. Just as transnational corporations can bring with them new technology, management know-how and improved market access, foreign direct investment can be a significant force for development. In 2006, developing countries attracted $380 billion in foreign direct investment — more than ever before. While two thirds of these flows went to rapidly growing markets in Asia, virtually all developing regions participated in the increase. Investments rose particularly fast in many countries that are richly endowed with natural resources.


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