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Economic Development in Africa 2005

Rethinking the Role of Foreign Direct Investment

  • Author: UNCTAD
  • Publication date: November 2005
  • Page count: 116
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 05.II.D.12

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ISBN: 9789211556391

About the product

Africa’s particular combination of geographical, historical and structural features has traditionally attracted Foreign Direct Investment into enclaves of export-oriented primary production with limited linkages to the rest of the economy. This situation has not changed much in recent years and has contributed to undermining a self-sustaining and dynamic investment process. This Report calls for a rethinking of the one-sided emphasis on attracting FDI and its replacement with a more balanced and more strategic approach tailored to African socio-economic conditions and development challenges.