Abstract

This paper will discuss the policies that require foreign investors to enter into joint ventures with local firms, and the institutions used by host countries to promote, screen, and service foreign direct investment. These are related topics because the kinds of institutions that host countries need to put in place to deal with foreign investors will depend on the policies they are trying to implement. If the host country does not intend to screen foreign investors, or require them to enter into joint ventures with local investors, there may be no need to establish a procedure or an institution to deal with foreign investment. Brazil, for example, has had a very open attitude toward foreign direct investment, and therefore has not established a specific institution to regulate an investment approval process.

Papers Presented at a Seminar held in Kuwait, December 11-13, 1989