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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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Intellectual Assets and International Investment

The ongoing shift towards a knowledge-based and technology-driven economy has brought to the fore the issue of how knowledge is created, acquired and disseminated, bearing on countries’ economic performance and also raising issues of protecting “strategic assets”. This has placed increased attention on international investment, since this is one of the main channels for the acquisition and diffusion of technological and managerial know-how.

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