Total foreign direct investment in Russia decreased by 92%, reports “Interfax” citing a report by the United Nations conference on trade and development (UNCTAD).
In 2015, global investment reached a maximum after the global economic and financial crisis of 2008-2009. They grew by 36% compared with the previous year and amounted to 1.7 trillion dollars. The US regained its traditional first place in terms of foreign investment, surpassing China and Hong Kong.
The inflow of foreign direct investment to the U.S. economy amounted to $ 384 billion. The USA was the leader by this measure since the early 1980s, when UNCTAD started collecting data on financial flows, until 2014, when the top line behind China. In the club most investment-attractive countries in the past year also included Hong Kong (163 billion), mainland China (136 billion), the Netherlands, the UK, Singapore, India, Brazil, Canada and France.
Investments in Asian developing countries increased by 15%, while for India they doubled and amounted to 59 billion dollars.
In transition economies the flow of FDI declined by 54%, according to the report. The decline is associated with conflicts and lower commodity prices. The greatest reduction of direct foreign investments was noted in Russia and Kazakhstan 92 and 66%, respectively.
Major factor in the global growth of foreign direct investment were investment inflows in industrial countries. Investment flows to developing countries, compared with 2014 increased by only 5%.