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Global FDI Rebounded In 2021 But The Recovery Is Highly Uneven

Infrastructure finance is up due to recovery stimulus packages, but greenfield investment activity remains weak across industrial sectors.

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Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows showed a strong rebound in 2021, according to UNCTAD’s Investment Trends Monitor released on today.

Developed economies saw the biggest rise by far, with FDI reaching three times the exceptionally low level in 2020, the report shows. But recovery in development sectors remains fragile.

“Recovery of investment flows to developing countries is encouraging, but stagnation of new investment in least developed countries in industries important for productive capacities, and key SDG sectors – such as electricity, food, or health – is a major cause for concern,” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan.

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