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UNCTAD: Poland advances in FDI attraction index after 70% jump in FDI in 2011


Poland surged 16 places to 40th in the world in terms of success in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), according to the World Investment Report 2012, an annual publication by the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), released on 5 July. At the same time, it fell eight places to 14th among the most attractive FDI host countries in the world as perceived by transnational companies, though it remained the only major new EU Member State in the top 20.

The country’s advance on the UNCTAD FDI attraction index reflects a sharp increase in FDI inflows into Poland in 2011, which according to the Agency’s calculations jumped by over 70% to reach $15.1bn (€12.1bn), up from $8.9bn (€7.1bn) in 2010.

Poland remains the clear leader among new EU Member States in terms of total FDI inflows, though some of these countries achieved higher growth rates in FDI last year. Thus FDI inflows to the Czech Republic declined by 12% in 2011 to $5.4bn (€4.3bn), while foreign investments in Hungary more than doubled to $4.7bn (€3.8bn) and in Slovakia they rose more than four-fold to $2.1bn (€1.7bn).

FDI inflows into European Union rose 32% last year, to $421bn (€338bn), while global FDI flows grew 16% to €1,524bn (€1,224bn).

According to the Agency, the global growth rate of FDI will decelerate in 2012 due to a resurgence of economic uncertainty and the possibility of lower growth rates in major emerging markets. FDI flows are then expected to increase at a moderate but steady pace in 2013 and 2014, “barring any macroeconomic shocks”.

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