Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell by 23% in 2017, to $1.43 trillion from $1.87 trillion in 2016, according to World Investment Report 2018, that was launched by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Global foreign direct investment


Source: UNCTAD

Global flows of FDI are expected to increase only marginally in 2018 and remain well below the average over the past 10 years, according to the UNCTAD.