Where Next for FDI?
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We’ve kind of taken for granted that people will want to come here,
and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract
new business into America.
Barack Obama, Hawaii, November 2011
Most statistical data sets, surveys, indices and anecdotal evidence suggest
that the global FDI landscape is now formed by a somewhat ambiguous
mix of cautious optimism and unwavering uncertainty. The bar charts are
starting to rise again, businesses leaders increasingly speak of the need
to seek out new markets, and yet issues such as the eurozone sovereign
debt crisis and uprisings and tensions in the Middle East serve as a
potent reminder of the world’s enduring instabilities. In the midst of
such instabilities, corporate investors are now seeking to navigate their
courses to sustainable growth. While the seas may be rougher, the skies are
undoubtedly clearer, thanks to unprecedented levels of data, transparency
and interconnectivity. All of these factors mean that economic development
organisations need to become smart and focused when it comes to
identifying which sectors and companies to target, and how to engage with