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.
Table of contents:
Chapter 1. International Investment - Working Together for Common Prosperity Chapter 2. Trends and Recent Developments in Foreign Direct Investment -Annex 2.A1. International Direct Investment Statistics PART I. PRESERVING FREEDOM OF INVESTMENT Chapter 3. Freedom of Investment, National Security and "Strategic" Industries: An Interim Report -Annex 3.A1. An Overview of Discriminatory Practices against Foreign Investors Motivated by Security Concerns Chapter 4. Economic and Other Impacts of Foreign Corporate Takeovers in OECD Countries Chapter 5. Essential Security Interests under International Investment Law -Annex 5.A1. Public Order and Essential Security Interests under the OECD National Treatment Programme -Annex 5.A2. Table of BITs and TRAs (Investment Chapters) Containing Provisions on Essential Security Interests Chapter 6. OECD's FDI Regulatory Restrictive Index: Revision and Extension to More Economies and Sectors -Annex 6.A1. OECD's Methodology for Computing FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness -Annex 6.A2. FDI Restrictiveness in the OECD Fisheries Sector PART II. THE NEW LANDSCAPE FOR INTERNATIONAL DIRECT INVESTMENT Chapter 7. Intellectual Assets and International Investment: Synthesis of Findings Chapter 8. The International Investment Dimension of SMEs: A Stocktaking of the Evidence -Annex 8.A1. List of Variable Mnemonics for Correlation Analysis