Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Trends

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Trends

 
Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Type: 
Databases and related outputs
Abstract

Foreign Direct Investment Trends and Outlook in Asia and the Pacific

  • Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows declined for the third consecutive year in 2018, dropping 13% from 2017 levels to $1.3 trillion. The largest declines were in developed economies and economies in transition. Inward flows to developing economies, however, grew by 2% in 2018.
  • Among developing economies, the Asia-Pacific region received the largest share of global FDI inflows, attracting 45% in 2018. Developing countries in the region attracted 40% of global FDI inflows, which converts into 88% of total Asia-Pacific region inflows.
  • Global outflows declined by 29% to $1 trillion in 2018. The largest declines in outflows were from developed economies, whose outflows dropped by 40% to $558 million. While outflows from Asia and the Pacific decreased by 8% to $522.3 billion in 2018, the region nonetheless markedly increased its share of global FDI outflows from 40% in 2017 to 52% in 2018.

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