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International Investment Perspectives 2007

Freedom of Investment in a Changing World

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The global environment for foreign direct investment (FDI) improved in 2006 with investment inflows in OECD countries reaching US$ 910 billion – their highest level since the record year 2000. Cross-border mergers and acquisitions – a central component of FDI – continued to grow in 2007 and could be headed for their highest-ever levels. This volume of International Investment Perspectives contains two main analytic sections. The first addresses an apparent growth in discriminatory practices toward cross-border investment in recent years motivated by concerns about national security and related essential concerns. The second main section focuses on the new opportunities arising from FDI and the changing nature of the international economy in which investment takes place.

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Freedom of Investment, National Security and “Strategic” Industries: An Interim Report

International investment is a key driver of growth and sustainable development. An open, non-discriminatory environment for international investment brings significant demonstrated benefits, including with respect to job creation, more efficient resource allocation, and social and environmental progress. Freedom of investment is a core value of the OECD, which has fostered progress in liberalisation in this area for more than 40 years.

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