Issue Brief on “UNCTAD Investment Report 2018: Investment Trends”


The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) publishes an annual World Investment Report alongside many other initiatives like the Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and the World Investment Forum which is held each year and invites investors from all over the world to interact with one another.

The World Investment Report 2018 therefore is a valuable synthesis describing the investment trends of the past year, investment promotion policies that can be improved, and how investment impacts countries’ economies. The report also has a chapter that focuses on each region of the world separately. The report begins by divulging the most important trend of 2017 which is that global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23 per cent.

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