World Investment Report 2017

Investment and the Digital Economy

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The annual World Investment Report presents foreign direct investment (FDI) trends and prospects at global, regional and national levels. It also analyses the latest developments in new policy measures for investment promotion, facilitation and regulation around the world, and provides the annual update on investment treaties, their reform and investment dispute settlement cases. The 2017 edition, subtitled "Investment and the Digital Economy", investigates the internationalization patterns of digital MNEs, as well as the digitization effect on the global companies across all industries. It will provide insights to policymakers on how the digital economy impact on investment policies and how investment policy can support digital development, with a view towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.




Global FDI flows are projected to increase by about 5 per cent in 2017, to almost $1.8 trillion. The moderate rise of FDI flows is expected to continue in 2018 to $1.85 trillion – still below the 2007 peak. These expectations are based on current forecasts for a number of macroeconomic indicators and firm-level factors, UNCTAD’s survey of MNEs and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) regarding investment prospects, UNCTAD’s econometric forecasting model of FDI inflows and preliminary 2017 data for cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M& As) and announced greenfield projects.


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