The underlying theme of The fDi Report 2017 – the annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the fDi Markets service from the Financial Times – is that greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) sustained its recovery in 2016.

The fDi Report 2017 reveals that greenfield capital investment increased by just over 6% however the number of FDI projects declined by 3%.

Key FDI trends spotted include:

  • India remains ahead of China and the US as the world’s top destination for greenfield FDI.
  • The UK, despite relatively strong economic growth, experienced a 42% decline in FDI, a result of Brexit uncertainty.
  • Capital investment in automotive projects into the Nafta countries declined collectively by 39%.
  • Brazil saw a precipitous decline in FDI with the number of inward FDI projects down 33%.
  • FDI project numbers into the Middle East and Africa decreased by 11%, however capital investment increased 60% in the region.

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