Foreign investments return to the 2005-2007 level

The latest report developed by UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) states that in 2013 the global value of foreign direct investments (FDI) reached USD 1.46 trillion, having increased by 11% compared to the level from 2012. This level is comparable to average annual FDI from before the crisis.

Between 2005 and 2007 the average value of global investments was USD 1.49 trillion. In 2007 alone, it was USD 2 trillion and in 2009 the value decreased to USD 1.22 trillion. As indicated by the authors of the report, the developed countries are still affected by the crisis to a various extent, their share in global FDI having decreased to 39% for the second year in a row. The FDI value amounted to USD 567 billion i.e. 12% less on a year-on-year basis. In the peak 2007, developed countries contributed 44% of global FDI. In 2013 EU countries received more direct foreign investments than in 2012, while the flow to the United States decreased. In the previous year developing economies received USD 759 billion, that is 52% of all investments. Growth was recorded in Latin America and Africa; the level in Asia was similar to the one from 2012.

Countries in transition received USD 126 billion of FDI, 45% more investments on the year-on-year basis. For 2014 and 2015 UNCTAD forecasts further growth in FDI to USD 1.6 trillion and 1.8 trillion respectively which will reflect the pace of global economic growth. The flow levels are still uneven, due to a hardly predictable economic situation in many countries.