Latin America foreign direct investment ranking


1st June 2016

Global foreign direct investment flows grew 25 percent to $1.7 trillion last year, the highest level since the beginning of the global financial crisis in 2007, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
For Latin America and the Caribbean, foreign investment inflows reached $171.84 billion in 2015, down almost 12 percent from the $195 billion in 2014, the newest Latin Trade FDI-GDP ranking shows.
The drop was caused mainly by a drop in investments in mining and oil, as a result of a global commodity price rout, alongside a slowdown in the Chinese economy and sluggish growth in general throughout the region.
The region’s top economies, including Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Colombia, maintained their positions from the previous ranking, but Argentina climbed one spot to number five, with total foreign investment reaching $11.65 billion. The figure represents a 130 percent growth from 2014, the highest growth rate from all the countries in the ranking.
But the country with the highest foreign investment as a percentage of its gross domestic product continues to be Panama. At $5.09 billion in foreign investment last year, the figure accounts for almost 9.7 percent of the Central American country’s GDP.
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