The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - UNCTAD (INSME Member) has recently released the World Investment Report 2015 on Global FDI Trends which highlights some important data and figures related to Foreign Direct Investments. In 2014 while GDP, trade, gross fixed capital formation and employment grew, the FDI inflows fell to 1.23 $ (16% globally) due to three main reasons: (1) the fragility of the global economy (2) the policy uncertainty for investors (3) geopolitical risks.
The perspectives are quite positive, in 2015 Global FDI flows are expected to reach $ 1.4 trillion, while a furthergrowth is expected for the forthcoming years ($ 1.5 trillion in 2016 and $ 1.7 trillion in 2017). This could be positively influenced by macroeconomic and firm level factors, such as the gradual improvement of macroeconomic condition, in particular in North America, in BRICS Countries and in emerging economies. Furthermore a survey carried out by UNCTAD and McKinsey&Company among 1000 top managers in 89 different countries shows how also executives expect an increase of the global FDI activities in the forthcoming years. Nevertheless this positive perspective might change due to several economic and political risks including the uncertainty in the Eurozone or the vulnerability of the emerging economies.
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