Vienna: Despite the ongoing eurozone crisis, global foreign direct investment (FDI) increased by 16 percent to USD 1.536 trillion in 2011, a UN report said.
According to "World Investment Report 2012" conducted by UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), global FDI is expected to increase at a slower rate in 2012 due to slower global economic growth, to USD 1.6 trillion.
FDI inflows in the US in 2011 totalled USD 227 billion, marking a 15-percent increase. The 27-member European Union saw a surge by 32 percent to USD 421 billion.
In China, the total FDI inflow reached USD 124 billion, increasing by 8 percent and in India, it stood at USD 67 billion, up by 31 percent.
About 45 percent of the investment went to developing countries in 2011, representing an 11 percent increase to USD 684 billion, said the report Thursday.
UNCTAD economists expect global FDI to increase to USD 1.8 trillion in 2013 and USD 1.9 trillion in 2014, though uncertainty for investors during this time period remains high.
First Published: Friday, July 6, 2012, 12:45