- A new report has revealed that the prospects of foreign direct investment remain bleak this year due to the economic crisis and that recovery will only begin to be felt in 2010.
The new report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicates that capital flows this year will not exceed the value of $ 1.2 trillion, representing a fall of 25 percent as compared to 2008.
The World Investment Report 2009 further indicates while recovery in the sector will start over next year, however the 2008 values would only be achieved in two years.
Economist, Division for Africa, UNCTAD, Rolf Traeger, said that developing countries will also be affected by this fall, in 2009, having escaped the phenomenon last year.
"In 2008, worldwide there was already a fall in FDI. But for developing countries such investment increased. That happened for example in countries like Brazil and Angola," he said, adding that in 2009, the impacts of crisis will be more noticed and that expectations are that there will be a significant reduction in the level of foreign direct investment flows in developing countries, including Latin America and Africa.
According to the UNCTAD report, the United States remains the main source of FDI, followed by France.
The UN agency also noted that the main factor in the global decline of these flows is still the growing disinvestment by large multinationals.
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