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The fDi Report 2017 is an annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the fDi Markets service from the Financial Times. The key theme of the 2017 report is that greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) sustained its recovery in 2016. Greenfield capital investment increased over 6% while the number of FDI projects declined by 3%.

Key FDI trends include:

  • India is the world’s top destination for greenfield FDI, ahead of China and the US.
  • Despite relatively strong economic growth, the UK experienced a 42% decline in FDI, as a result of Brexit uncertainty.
  • Capital investment in automotive projects into the Nafta countries declined collectively by 39%.
  • Brazil saw a 33% decline in the number of inward FDI projects.
  • The Middle East and Africa’s FDI project numbers decreased by 11%, but capital investment increased 60% in the region.

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Source: fDi Intelligence