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.



Current trends

FDI recovery remains bumpy, with diverging trends among regions. In 2016, global FDI flows decreased by 2 per cent to $1,746 billion. While intracompany loans recorded a fall at the global level in 2016, equity investments were boosted by an 18 per cent increase in the value of cross-border M&As. M&As rose to $869 billion, their highest level since 2007, due to buoyant activity in developed economies. The value of announced greenfield projects also increased – by 7 per cent from 2015 to $828 billion – although this was largely due to a number of very large projects announced in a handful of developing and transition economies.


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