Growth, disruption and opportunities

As the global economy grows stronger, clouds of uncertainty shroud future prospects of global investment flows. The political rhetoric on trade is changing, and disruptive technologies are reconfiguring how and where value is created. Together, these forces create a powerful alteration of globalization in which international flows of data and information become more prominent, while the internationalization of goods, services and capital may have to adapt to changing opportunities for trade. Although this brings disruption and uncertainty for companies, the opportunities for accessing international markets and leveraging global supply chains are expected to continue to drive foreign investment activity in the future.

Featured findings

Job creation through FDI increased 10 percent, reaching its strongest performance in the past 10 years.
India took the #1 spot for foreign investment attraction and replaced the US, which has led for the past four years.
Chinese companies showed a strong increase in global investment activity, making a major impact on job creation in Africa.
The Brexit decision began to impact investment activity into and out of the United Kingdom, particularly affecting London.
Technology jobs showed the fastest increase across many industries.

About the authors

Jacob Dencik

Jacob Dencik
Senior Managing Consultant,
IBM-Plant Location International

Roel Spee

Roel Spee
Global Leader,
IBM-Plant Location International

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