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posted 08/31/06

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New Report Assesses Foreign Direct Investment in 82 Countries to 2010

On September 5, the Columbia Program on International Investment (CPII) and the Economist Intelligence Unit, a member of The Economist Group, released the World Investment Prospects to 2010: Boom or Backlash?

The volume (304 pages) is dedicated to the assessment of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows during 2005-2010. It also examines various factors that suggest a new boom in FDI flows, as well as a number of factors that suggest that a backlash against FDI may be in the making. The report includes special analyses of the performance of African countries, especially in light of their need for investment, and the transatlantic investment relationship, the dominant FDI relationship in the world FDI market.

The report also provides:

  • The first 2006 estimates of world and regional FDI flows, as well as FDI flows into 82 countries.
  • Global, regional and country forecasts for FDI flows for 2007 to 2010 at the global and regional levels, as well as for 82 countries, which together represent 98 percent of world GDP.
  • An analysis of FDI trends in 2005, at the global and regional levels, including data on, and profiles for, 82 countries.
  • League tables of the top FDI host countries and home countries.
  • A ranking of countries on the Business Environment Index, a key set of FDI determinants.

World Investment Prospects makes essential reading for anyone involved in conducting, attracting or analysing cross-border investment.

The report will be available for purchase from the Economist Intelligence Unit after September 5 at

To register for a free copy of the World Investment Prospects to 2010: Boom or Backlash? Special Edition, an analysis of future and past investment flows and related key issues surrounding them, send an e-mail to Please type in the subject line: "WIP to 2010 registration."

About the Columbia Program on International Investment
In recognition of the critical role of investment in global development, the Earth Institute at Columbia University has partnered with Columbia Law School to form the Columbia Program on International Investment (CPII). The CPII seeks to be a leader on issues related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the global economy, focusing on the analysis and teaching of the implications of FDI on public policy and international investment law. Its objectives are to analyze important topical policy-oriented issues related to FDI, develop and disseminate practical approaches and solutions, and provide students with a challenging learning environment.

The CPII was launched in January 2006, through the leadership of the dean of Columbia Law School, David M. Schizer, and Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute. The Program is also linked to the Center on Global Legal Problems. Planned activities of CPII include hosting conferences, symposia and a speakers series, creating and disseminating relevant materials and teaching. The Program gives special attention to issues arising in connection with the international governance system for investment and, in particular, the evolution of international investment law and policy.

The CPII is directed by Karl P. Sauvant who comes to Columbia with a long and distinguished history of service at the United Nations. Until July 2005, Mr. Sauvant held a senior post at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development as director of the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development, serving as the focal point in the UN system for matters related to foreign direct investment and technology, as well as a liaison with the private sector. In 1991 while at the UN, he created the prestigious annual publication World Investment Report, of which he was the lead author until 2005. In 1992, he created the journal Transnational Corporations, serving as its editor until 2005.

About The Earth Institute
The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world's leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth, its environment and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines — earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences — and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through research, training and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world's poor. For more information, visit