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Thursday, June 27, 2013

World Investment Report focuses on global value chains

UNCTAD has just ( on June 26, 2013) published its annual World Investment Report, this year on the subject Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development.

Below I cite text selectively from the Key Messages section at the beginning of the report, interspersed with my own commentary from the point of view of Growing Capacity, Inc. (in bold). I won't attempt to summarize the wealth of data on sectoral flows, major deals, and the analysis of greenfield and M&A FDI.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

World Investment Report coming on 26 June 2013

UNCTAD will publish the 2013 World Investment Report on 26 June 2013.

This year's WIR will be titled Global value chains: investment and trade for development.

It will analyze recent developments and will offer recommendations for how developing country governments can effectively channel investment so that their economies move up global value chains.

The 2013 WIR will also include updated statistics on global foreign direct investment (FDI) stocks and flows.

Details and links will be posted on the Growing Capacity blog.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Investment regionalism: blessing or curse?

UNCTAD today published a note on investment regionalism. The theme is explained in a long title: The Rise of Regionalism in Investment Policymaking: Consolidation or Complexity?
How important is this topic for investors and for countries and regions seeking investment?


Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Global Forum on RBC to meet on 26-27 June

The launch of the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) by the OECD comes at a time of unprecedented international convergence and coherence on what constitutes responsible business conduct. The Global Forum will strengthen the international dialogue on responsible business conduct and contribute to the effective implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría
The Rana Plaza tragedy will be addressed as a matter of priority at the Global Forum with the participation of a high-level delegation from Bangladesh led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Dr. Dipu Moni. This session will focus on the challenges facing the textile industry, how to co-ordinate the actions of countries adhering to the Guidelines and the development of collective responses under the Guidelines’ active agenda.
The Global Forum will bring together government, business, trade union, civil society and international organisation representatives to address the core challenge of how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Will China’s economy avoid the doldrums?

[Article by Ken Davies published in the OECD Observer on May 31, 2013]

Will China’s growth slowdown last and what does it mean for the rest of us?

The gradual US recovery is still not strong enough to pull up the rest of the world economy. Abenomics has not yet worked its magic in Japan, if it ever will. And Europe is clearly out for the count. So can China be the new engine of the world economy?