World Investment Report 2024: Investment facilitation and digital government

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 2% to $1.3 trillion in 2023 amid an economic slowdown and rising geopolitical tensions, according to the World Investment Report 2024.

But the report highlights that the decline exceeds 10% when excluding the large swings in investment flows in a few European conduit economies.

The downturn in project finance affected sustainable development, with new funding for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sectors dropping over 10%, particularly in agrifood and water. This hampers efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda and calls for urgent policy action to revamp sustainable development finance.

The report emphasizes that business facilitation and digital government solutions can address low investment by creating a transparent and streamlined environment. It highlights significant growth in online services and information portals, saying such tools also support broader digital government development, benefiting developing nations in particular.

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World Investment Report 2024 (Overview)

Foreword, Preface and Executive summary

Chapter I: International investment trends

Chapter II: Investment policy trends

Chapter III: Sustainable finance trends

Chapter IV: Investment facilitation and digital government

Annex table 1: FDI flows, by region and economy, 2018–2023

Annex table 2: FDI stock, by region and economy, 2000, 2010, 2022 and 2023