5 January , 2021 Fdiindia
Global FDI Inflows Drop By 49% in 2020 First Half: UNESCAP
While both FDI inflows and outflows began to rebound globally in 2019, with the former rising by 30% to $1,5 billion and the latter rising by 33% to $1,3 billion, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a 49?ll over the first two quarters of 2020, in global FDI flows relative to the same duration in 2019. The pre-crisis levels of FDI are projected to continue to be depressed and hit even low throughout 2021. The future of 2021 is exceedingly unpredictable and relies on the duration of the crisis, the successful strategies to improve investment and the economic and geo-economic impacts of the pandemic, are the only way to combat this trouble.
Asia-Pacific's share in global FDI inflows fell from 45% in 2018 to 35% in 2019 and has dropped from 52% to 41% in world outflows. In 2019, China and Hong Kong attracted 38% of overall FDI inflows into their country, and became the largest FDI recipients. Japan, which was responsible for 42% of regional FDI, was the region's main source of investment in 2019. The pandemic intensified the downward trend in Greenfield Investment project, which had already been seen in recent years and registered an investment inbound Greenfield projects were down by 40 percent from the average for the same period in 2019 between January and August 2020.
In the same period of 2019, outbound Greenfield investment prices have decreased by 48 percent. The pandemic slowed down intra-regional Greenfield investments in general by 2020. In the timeframe from January to August 2020 in contrast with the same period in 2019, intra-regional Greenfield investment values declined 45% to $35 billion, said the study. It was noted that the recovery rates of FDI are difficult to forecast at this time, as they depend on the overall socio-economic recovery rate, and ultimately the level of investment within the region, and the socio-economic recovery rate from outside the region. On the brighter side, the recent signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is expected to improve and strengthen the flows and lift all the investment prospects, especially for the smaller and least developed countries in the group.