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FDI forecast places Belgium third

A forecast of world in-flows for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the period 2003-2007 has placed Belgium equal to China with a share of 7.1%.

Published by The Economist, the forecast places the US top with 23%. The UK is in fourth place with 6.6% and France fifth with 5.3%.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in its annual survey of FDI, predicts that while in-flows are currently in a slump, recovery will begin in 2003 and accelerate from 2004.

It says that the global slowdown, political risks, stock-market collapse and corporate scandal have all taken their toll, with global FDI levels falling 45% in 2001 and a further 22% in 2002.

The trend towards better business environments, regional integration, technological change, industrial consolidation, sharper global competition and opportunities in emerging markets would all underpin renewed strong expansion in FDI, it said.

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24 April 2003

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