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Mr. Neil K. Patterson, Ms. Marie Montanjees, Colleen Cardillo, and Mr. John Motala


1.1 Growing international linkages through foreign direct investment (FDI) are an important feature of financial globalization and raise important challenges for policymakers and statisticians in industrial and developing countries alike. With the integration of international capital markets, world FDI flows grew strongly in the 1990s at rates well above those of global economic growth or trade. This has placed the activities of direct investors and direct investment enterprises under increasing scrutiny and presented new challenges for statistical recording, balance of payments projections, economic surveillance, and vulnerability analysis. This report surveys the recent state of FDI statistics at the international and national levels.