The volume of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world in the first half of 2020 decreased by 49% compared to the same period in 2019 due to restrictive measures on coronavirus.

They are estimated to have reached $ 399 billion, according to a report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The reduction affected all major forms of foreign direct investment. Thus, the number of new announced investment projects decreased by 37%, the number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions fell by 15%, and the number of announced transactions for financing cross-border projects, which are an important source of infrastructure investment, decreased by 25%.

The largest decline was observed in developed countries, where FDI reached an estimated $98 billion in the first half of 2020 – a 75% decrease compared to 2019.

FDI inflows to developing countries declined by 16%, less than previously expected. In addition, foreign direct investment flows were 28% lower to Africa, 25% lower to Latin America and the Caribbean, and 12% lower to Asia, mainly due to sustained investment in China.

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