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FDI Data

Global FDI flows jumped by 36% in 2015 to an estimated USD 1,762 billion, their highest level since the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-2009 according to 2016 World Investment Report published by UNCTAD.

 

FDI INFLOWS: GLOBAL AND BY GROUP OF ECONOMIES (USD billion|2005-2015)FDI INFLOWS: GLOBAL AND BY GROUP OF ECONOMIES (USD billion|2005-2015)

Source: 2016 UNCTAD World Investment Report

 

According UNCTAD report, United States came in the first position among host economies in 2015, with around USD 380 billion. Inflows to Hong Kong followed (USD 175 billion), as did inflows to China (USD 135 billion), Ireland (USD 101 billion) and Singapore (USD 65 billion).

 

FDI INFLOWS TOP HOST ECONOMIES (USD billion|2015)FDI INFLOWS TOP HOST ECONOMIES (USD billion|2015)

Source: 2016 UNCTAD World Investment Report

 

As for the flow to the region, FDI inflows to West Asia decreased by 2% to USD 42 billion. It is worth mentioning that depressed oil prices and the geopolitical uncertainty continued to affect FDI inflows to oil-producing West Asian countries, with inflows remaining at low levels in Qatar and Kuwait, and almost stable in UAE (USD 11 billion).


FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION (USD billion | 2015)FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION (USD billion | 2015)

Source: 2016 UNCTAD World Investment Report


As for Lebanon, FDI inflows dropped by 24% to 2.34 billion in 2015. The reason behind this drop in Lebanon as well as in Jordan and Iraq remains the political and security instability all over the region and the fog it creates over the investment environment, holding back investors who adopted a “wait and see” attitude.


FDI INFLOWS TO LEBANON (USD billion |2008- 2015)FDI INFLOWS TO LEBANON (USD billion |2008- 2015)

Source: 2016 UNCTAD World Investment Report


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 recipients of FDI in the region, thanks to its friendly business and regulatory environment, sophisticated banking industry, and the availability of good quality educational institutions.

 

In relative terms, when accounting for a country’s size and GDP relative to the FDI inflows into it, Lebanon remains on top of the list, with FDI inflows accounting for 4.57% of GDP.


FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION AS A % OF GDP (%SHARE|2015) FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION AS A % OF GDP (%SHARE|2015)

Source: 2016 UNCTAD World Investment Report and IMF Statistics

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