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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Survey of Implementation of Methodological Standards for Direct Investment SIMSDI

The IMF and OECD have a well-established interest in foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics. OECD compiles and disseminates detailed FDI statistics for all OECD countries by partner country as well as by industry breakdowns according to a common framework in the International Direct Investment Statistical Yearbook. IMF disseminates the FDI statistics of its member countries as a part of the balance of payments statistics according to standard components. Both organisations moreover publish methodological standards to measure the FDI activity. These guidelines are included in the IMF Balance of Payments Manual, fifth edition (the BPM5) and the OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment, third edition (the Benchmark Definition). In 2001, the IMF and the OECD conducted, for the second time, a joint survey to assessthe developments in the FDI statistics of their member countries (the first time was in 1997). This article summarises the main findings of the second joint survey...


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