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Despite all the regional political and economic challenges, Lebanon was able to continue attracting foreign direct investments which reached USD 2.34 billion by the end of 2015 according to World Investment Report 2016 published by UNCTAD. In relative terms, when accounting for a country’s GDP relative to the FDI inflows into it, Lebanon outperformed its regional peers with FDI inflows accounting for 4.57% of GDP.
While most of the MENA region countries witnessed a decline in their FDI inflows, Lebanon succeeded to remain one of the largest non-oil economies recipient of FDI. Thanks to its friendly business and regulatory environment and sophisticated banking industry, Lebanon managed to remain on the top of MENA countries’ list with FDI inflows of USD 2.34 billion in 2015.
Over the last 2 years, the majority of foreign investments to Lebanon were in the Services and Trade Sectors, with a notable increase of foreign companies investing in the various activities within the Media sector.