The Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018

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(CC) Global Investment Competitiveness 2017_18/World BankThe Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018 combines a survey of 750 multinational investors and corporate executives with detailed analysis and recommendations concerning FDI in developing countries.

Co-authored by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C), the report considers developing countries as both sources and recipients of FDI. The analysis examines the ability of developing countries not only to attract private investment but to retain and leverage it for inclusive and sustainable growth.


  • Investor survey of multinational corporations shows that political stability, security, and regulatory environment are leading factors driving decisions to invest in developing countries.
  • In 2016, developing countries accounted for a growing share of global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and outflows, 40 percent and 20 percent respectively.
  • Policies and actions by developing country governments play a key role in ensuring that FDI creates better-paying jobs and increases competitiveness of the host economies.

The report concludes that, on balance, foreign direct investment (FDI) benefits developing countries, bringing in technical know-how, enhancing work force skills, increasing productivity, generating business for local firms, and creating better-paying jobs.

You can check the The Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017/2018 here.