Outward Foreign Direct Investment: Policies to Support Firm Investment and Maximize Home Country Sustainable Development

20 October 2021

09:00 AM - 10:30 AM Geneva Time

In recent years, companies from developing economies have increasingly invested abroad.

But there is little information on the impact of such outward foreign direct investments (OFDI) on the companies' home economies, particularly on whether they contribute to sustainable development outcomes or promote trade, employment, upgrading, growth and other aspects of economic development in the source economies.

Nor is there information about policies governments can implement to harness these investments for sustainable development. Because of their limited knowledge, policymakers in developing countries hesitate to introduce measures to leverage such investments for sustainable development.

This webinar from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) will address these knowledge and policy development constraints by presenting and discussing the first draft of a new report on outward foreign direct investments.

The OFDI for Home Country Sustainable Development Policy Toolkit was jointly developed by UNESCAP and WEF.