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UNCTAD figures show a 31% drop in FDI flows in Q2 2022

-Inflows into China continued to grow, increasing by 18% in the second quarter compared to 2021, with strong investment in high-tech industries.

-Malaysia and Vietnam saw inflows increase by 37% and 15% respectively.

-FDI inflows to India are expected to surpass record levels seen in 2020, as they remain significantly higher in both Q1 and Q2 of 2022

-Flows to Brazil were high in both quarters of 2022, at more than 80% above the level of 2021

-Inflows to South Africa were down 80% compared to 2021 (when it received a usually high level of FDI) yet remain in line with other recent years.


UNCTAD report shows a decline in FDI flows as investors remain impacted by a series of global crisis.


Figures published in the latest Global Investment Trends Monitor report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) show that foreign direct investment (FDI) flows during the second quarter of 2022 dropped to $357bn. This was down 31% from Q1 2022 and 7% lower than the quarterly average of 2021.


Regionally, flows to EU countries were up 7%, while European countries outside the EU saw capital investment plummet by 84%. FDI flows into North America dropped by 22%, while Latin America and the Caribbean saw a 61% rise in inflows. Overall inflows into Asia increased, with south Asia attracting the lion’s share of investment.

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