Since 1998, the GBPC has tracked the volumes, directions, and patterns of foreign direct investment. Our Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index® (FDICI) has become an invaluable source of information of future investment flows: On the one hand, we help investors choose their investment targets, and on the other hand, we help countries and regions develop strategies to attract investment inflows.
Using primary data from a proprietary survey of senior executives of the world’s leading companies, the FDICI is an indispensable resource because it signals future flows of foreign direct investment. In short, the Index assesses the impact of political, economic, and regulatory changes on the investment intentions and preferences of the leaders of top companies around the world. Since its inception, the 10 most attractive FDI destinations have consistently received 50 percent or more of global FDI flows roughly one year after completion of the survey. Over the same period, on average, the top five countries on the FDICI list captured 35 percent of global FDI inflows. There is an even stronger correlation between the ratings in the Index and future bricks-and-mortar FDI movement.
Tracking these trends is especially important because of the tectonic shifts at work. According to UNCTAD, in 2009, for the first time, developing and transition economies attracted more global direct investment ($1.12 trillion) than developed economies. To be sure, the figures reflect the asymmetric impact of the 2008-2009 recession. Nevertheless, they affirm a historical shift in the balance of direct investment that the Index has documented over the years.
Building on the detailed knowledge gained from researching and compiling the FDICI and the Global Services Location Index, we have developed extensive expertise in advising on policies relating to export attraction and promotion. Over the years, the Council has undertaken projects in diverse countries and markets for the purpose of helping develop investment promotion strategies. We have also provided advice and insights to governments and investment-promotion organizations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South America.
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