UNTAD’s WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2018, released on June 6th, shows that while global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell by 23 per cent to $1.43 trillion in 2017, caused in part by a 22 per cent decrease in the value of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Brazil rose from 7th to 4th place. The USA remains in the 1st place in UNTAD’s ranking, followed by China, Hong Kong, and Brazil.
Many countries had a decrease in flow volume, but FDI to Brazil increased by 8 per cent to $63 billion supported by a significant influx in the energy sector. Also, FDI to South America increased by 10 per cent as recessions ended in its two leading economies, Argentina and Brazil.
UNCTAD is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. its Investment and Enterprise Division is the focal point in the United Nations System for investment and enterprise development.