How Home Country Measures Can Promote Foreign Direct Investment In Poor Economies

Polanco, Rodrigo (7 January 2020). How Home Country Measures Can Promote Foreign Direct Investment In Poor Economies. Trade for Development News Enhanced Integrated Framework

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) constitutes a dominant part of private capital flows to least developed countries (LDCs). According to the UN Committee for Development Policy (CDP), FDI can lead to tangible and intangible benefits, playing a catalytic role in building and strengthening productive capacity and export growth, including developmental objectives such as technology and skills transfer, employment generation, higher wages and poverty eradication. However, the total share of global FDI flows to LDCs remains very low and is often directed at resource extraction.

Whereas many studies have focused on the measures undertaken by host countries to attract FDI, little research has been conducted on what development partners can do to promote and facilitate more sustainable FDI to LDCs – either directly or indirectly. Here we look at these home country measures and how they can influence the flow of productive foreign investment to poor host economies.

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Newspaper or Magazine Article


02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Polanco, Rodrigo Javier


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation


Enhanced Integrated Framework




Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

28 Feb 2020 14:07

Last Modified:

28 Feb 2020 14:07

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