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FDI Data

Despite a continuous decrease in foreign investment flows to the MENA region Lebanon managed to maintain a steady level of foreign direct investments registering an increase of 6.6% year-on-year, amounting to USD 3.1 billion in 2014, compared to USD 2.83 Billion in 2013, in the backdrop of a GDP growth rate of 2.0%, according to UNCTAD's latest World Investment Report. Foreign investments to Lebanon have continued their upward trend facilitated by increasing private investments projects. This positive performance was facilitated by the formation of the cabinet in February of 2014 – after a stalemate of eleven months – which created a positive climate and led to a slight improvement in economic activity. 


FDI INFLOWS TO LEBANON (USD billion | 2008-2014)

FDI INFLOWS TO LEBANON (USD billion | 2008-2014)
Source: UNCTAD - World Investment Report 2015


While most of the MENA region countries witnessed a decline in their FDI inflows, Lebanon fared better compared to other countries, being one of the few countries that registered an increase in FDI levels in 2014. Lebanon remains one of the largest non-oil economies recipient of FDI in the region, despite the fact that FDI to the MENA region as a whole continued their slide.

 

FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION (USD billion | 2014)

FDI INFLOWS TO THE MENA REGION (USD billion | 2014)
Source: UNCTAD - World Investment Report 2015

 

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 6.2% of GDP. 

 

FDI INFLOWS IN THE MENA REGION AS A % OF GDP (% share | 2014)

FDI INFLOWS IN THE MENA REGION AS A % OF GDP (% share | 2014)
Source: UNCTAD - World Investment Report 2015

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