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International Investment Perspectives 2003

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has cooled dramatically. Many OECD countries are presently recording inflows of less than 25% of what they received just two years ago. However, developing countries and transition economies have been less affected by the decline. They now receive more than a third of worldwide FDI flows, underscoring the potential of direct investment to act as a catalyst for growth and sustainable development.

This volume contains an assessment of trends and recent developments, an article on China's investment policy reform, an article on policies and incentives for attracting foreign direct investment, a special focus on transparency and investment, and a report on a survey of implementation of methodological standards for direct investment.

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Policies and Incentives for Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

The present article reproduces a report approved in April 2003 by the OECD Committee on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises (CIME). The article comprises two main sections. The first section “Guiding Principles for Policies toward Attracting Foreign Direct Investment” is a statement endorsed by CIME as part of its consideration of incentive-based policies to attract FDI. The second section “Assessing FDI Incentive Policies: A Checklist” was released by CIME with the intention of providing policy makers with a tool against which to assess the usefulness and relevance of FDI incentive policies...

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