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India is regularly mentioned as one of the top global destinations for international investment, but it ranks outside the top 10 recipients worldwide. International multinationals cite factors such as retrospective tax legislation and rulings, strict labour laws, slow decision-making at the sub-national level, and poor infrastructure.
Too often today, whether in the political or corporate worlds, the focus is squarely on the short-term: on the next election or the next quarter. Likewise, investors are incentivised to focus on shorter-term financial returns. As a result, we are failing to reap the social, economic and environmental returns of long-term productive investment.
OECD-Eurasia cooperation started over a decade ago with the Eurasian Corporate Governance Roundtable, established in 2001 to share good practices on corporate governance and institution building.
A little over a year ago the OECD and the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched Trade in Value-Added (TiVA), a new database on trade measured in value-added terms. The evidence that we have unlocked using TiVA has begun to revolutionise our understanding of what is happening in global trade, investment and production.
The G20 needs to go structural, social, and green! With fiscal and monetary policy room nearly exhausted, structural reforms are the best choices, sometimes the only choice. The OECD battle cry in this regard has been unchanged since 2008: “go structural!”.
ASEAN-OECD Investment Programme fosters dialogue and experience sharing between OECD members and ASEAN member states to enhance the investment climate in the region.
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A collapse in international investment flows in Europe may be a canary in the coal mine for the region's economy: Guest commentary by Michael Gestrin of the OECD in the US and European editions of Bloomberg Brief on 11 November 2014.
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Global FDI flows collapsed with the global financial crisis in 2008 and remain 40% below pre-crisis levels. A major reason for this is the EU. While FDI flows in the rest of the world recovered by 2010, the EU continues to struggle due to structural factors that are undermining the quality of the EU’s investment environment. The paper analyses why and puts forward policy options. It is part of the Investment Insights series.
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This report by OECD and UNCTAD compiles G20 investment measures taken between 2 April 2009 and 15 October 2014.
Public financial institutions (PFIs) are well-positioned to act as a key leverage point for governments’ efforts to mobilise private investment in low-carbon projects and infrastructure. This study identifies the tools, instruments and approaches used by five PFIs to directly support and scale-up domestic private sector investment in sustainable transport, energy-efficiency and renewable energy in OECD countries.