November 18, 2019

Latin America and the Caribbean focus: Inward FDI decreases by 6%

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The Report 2018 – our annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the Markets service from the Financial Times – can reveal:
FDI into Latin America and the Caribbean decreased by 6%, with a total inward capital investment of $67.3bn.

The total number of jobs created in the region fell by 8%.

remained the top destination with a 5% increase in project numbers to 449.

experienced a 1% and 15% decline in project numbers and capital investment, respectively.

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Key trends in 2017

Peru saw a capital investment increase of 82%, securing it’s place in the top three source countries for FDI behind Mexico and Brazil.

FDI into the region fell in 2017, with a 2% decrease in project numbers to 1,051.

Uruguay experienced a huge increase in its capital investment, rising to $4.6bn, which is mostly attributable to UPM-Kymmene’s plans to build a $4bn cellulose plant.

Key FDI trends spotted include:
The US reclaimed its top spot from India, recording $87.4bn of announced FDI in 2017.
FDI into increased 4% by number of projects and 13% by capital investment.
FDI into the UK declined across all three indicators, project numbers (-10%), capital investment (-5%) and jobs created (-11%).
China regained its FDI crown in Asia-Pacific, accounting for 26% of capital investment in the region.
Poland continued to rise as a key destination for FDI, with the number of FDI projects increasing 25% and capital investment increasing 49%.

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