FDI jumps 35 percent since 2012 in Caribbean, Latin America
In its half-year (H1) report for 2013, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported a 4 percent increase in global foreign direct investments (FDI) flows since 2012, for a total of US$745 billion. In H1 2013, transitioning and developing economies moved to the forefront of global FDI, capturing a record 60 percent due to major investments in the Caribbean, Central America and the Russian Federation.
Flows to developing Asia fell slightly, though it accounted for more than half of the FDI in the developing economies. Malaysia and the Philippines topped FDI inflows there, with 14.4 percent and 10.9 percent increases, respectively.
Africa saw a slight decline due to mixed results in the continent, with South Africa showing the greatest gain (24 percent) and Egypt taking the greatest loss (-21.5 percent).
In developed countries, FDI declined for most major host countries, the exception being the United Kingdom, which experienced an 87 percent FDI growth rate. The UK, with China second, now leads the global ranking of the world's largest recipients of FDI at US$75 billion and US$67 billion, respectively.
FDI for the Caribbean and Latin America as a whole jumped 35 percent from 2012 to US$165 billion. Strong growth in FDI flows in Central America (109 percent) and the Caribbean (82 percent) contributed to that growth rate.
In South America, Peru's 27 percent rise positioned it as the region's third-largest FDI recipient after Brazil and Colombia, beating Chile's FDI for the first time. Mining and manufacturing investments helped Brazil, supported by the doubling of intra-company loans, to reach a 5 percent growth in FDI despite a 22 percent decline in the flow of equity capital. Colombia gained 3 percent in FDI inflows.
Two massive strategic investments were the major factors in increased FDI flows in Mexico and Central America, according to UNCTAD. The first was Anheuser-Busch's US$18 billion acquisition of a 44.46 percent share of Mexico's Grupo Modelo brewer, the major beer distributor in Mexico and Central America. In the Caribbean, the $55 billion deal between major petroleum companies British Petroleum (BP) and Rosneft helped secure its 82 percent rise in FDI due to BP-TNK's British Virgin Islands incorporation.
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