World Investment Report 2012 – Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies

UNCTAD’s WIR12 indicates that global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose moderately in 2011, finally surpassing the pre-crisis FDI level reached in 2007. It predicts that growth will continue much more slowly through 2012, but notes that this progress is vulnerable to a number of possible ‘disruptive events’.

WIR12 figures show that FDI flows in the European Union region climbed last year, despite the banking and government-debt crises in various countries of the Euro zone.

The special focus of this year’s report is on investment policymaking. The WIR examines national and international policies from the perspective of current concerns and presents a comprehensive Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) consisting of core principles, guidelines for national investment policies, and options for the design and use of international investment agreements.

The report will be downloadable from UNCTAD, http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Publications.aspx

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