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Confidence Index Finds FDI ‘Ready For Takeoff’

By LVEDC Staff on June 27, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The arrival of Fuling Plastics USA — a company headquartered in China — and the recent World Forum held in Philadelphia shined the spotlight on Foreign Direct Investment. As this feature from Development Counsellors International indicates, FDI is poised for greater breakthroughs here in America.

Confidence is rising.

That’s the #1 takeaway from the 2014 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index.

Key findings from this important annual survey that was released yesterday include:

Renewed Confidence in the Global Economy: Nearly four of every five investors are more optimistic about the global economy than they were a year ago. That compares to 50% in 2013 and 37% in 2012.

FDI Confidence Index 2014 Global Economy Perceptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Pre-Crisis Levels of FDI: When asked, “When will your company FDI return to pre-crisis levels of FDI,” 37% of those surveyed indicated “It already has” and 27% indicated “it will in within 2014.”

FDI Confidence Index 2014 Company Return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Countries for Investment: The United States, China, Canada, United Kingdom and Brazil top the list of the most likely countries for future investment. A ranking of the top 25 countries is provided below:

2014 FDI Confidence Index and scores

 

For a more in-depth look at the full study, click here.

Overall, the outlook is brightening. And that’s good news for economic development professionals around the world.

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