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FDI Data

Global GDP growth is estimated to have picked up to 3% in 2017 from 2.4% in 2016 according to the latest figures published by the World Bank. The performance of the Global economy activity was supported by an increase in international tourism and trade activities.  In contrast global foreign direct investments (FDI) fell by 16% in 2017, to an estimated USD 1.52 trillion in comparison to USD 1.81 trillion in 2016 as figured in UNCTAD investment monitor of 2017 due to the global decrease in the value of cross-border M&As .

 

The Middle-East region also experienced a slowdown in investment growth due to terms-of-trade deteriorations in oil-exporting economies and uncertainty associated with political conflict in several oil-importing economies. Greenfield projects towards the region declined by 26% in comparison to 2016 figures. However, American and British nationals were the largest investors in the region accounting for 29% of total foreign projects. The top 3 sectors invested by foreigners are Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with  (2,237 projects) with software and IT services maintaining their place as top sub-sector, followed by business services (1,430 projects) and  financial services (256projects).

 

TOP 5 INVESTING COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST (% Share|2017)

TOP 5 INVESTING COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST (% Share l 2017) 

Source: fDi Markets, The Financial Times – IDAL’s Calculations

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