Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) has been historically small but is on the rise with TNCs from the South continuing to be the main source. Many LLDCs have improved their investment climate and opened up sectors to foreign investment, but larger FDI inflows to LLDCs are often dominated by extractive industries. In this Forum, participants analyzed current developments and trends in investment flows and explored what needs to be done to increase the flow and impact of FDI to sustainable development in LLDCs.
Directly after the meeting, a brief ceremony was hold for the Launch of the UNCTAD Investment Guide to the Silk Road 2014.
Elements for the debate
- How can LLDC governments further increase FDI inflows and direct them to investment projects in manufacturing, services and infrastructure where rising income levels create new opportunities?
- How can FDIs including extractive industries help reach Sustainable Development Goals in LLDCs
- Many LLDCs have been struggling to attract FDI; is regional integrating a game changer?
- What are the challenges companies typically face when investing in LLDCs?