Foreign Investment Index


5th June 2015

Who are Latin America’s foreign investment champions?
 
By David Ramirez
While worldwide Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) fell 7 percent in 2014 on account of the cooling of the global economy, inflows to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) contracted at a faster pace.
Indeed, the region captured $158 billion in FDI last year, 16 percent less than in 2013–the first decline since 2009, according to Latin Trade Group calculations. 
Brazil continued to account for the bulk of inflows to the region, with a 40 percent share. The slowdown of the economy and confidence problems had a relatively minor impact in FDI, which only fell 2 percent, to $62.5 billion.
In fact, investments grew in various Brazilian sectors, principally in automotives, banking, electricity and mining. Further, with the recent adoption of a new methodology for its external accounts (available only for 2014 data), Brazil would actually have received $97 billion investments last year. 
Mexico, Chile and Colombia–in that order–accounted for almost another 40 percent share of total FDI to the region in 2014.
Inflows to Mexico in particular plunged 49 percent, to $22.8 billion, but this figure is distorted by various factors, such as the effect created in 2013 by the $13 billion investment from Anheuser-Busch InBev (Belgium) in the Mexican beverages industry to purchase Grupo Modelo.
Another factor in play was the $5.6 billion disinvestment done last year by US-based telecoms giant …

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