Foreign Investment Failing Africa

Published on 17th October 2006

Many of Africa's poorest nations failed to benefit from foreign investment despite historically high levels going to the region last year according to the United Nations. Foreign direct investment (FDI) to Africa hit a record $31bn, a rise of 78 percent from the year before, due to sharp increases in commodity prices, the World Investment Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development said. However, the benefits of the increased investment were spread unevenly across countries and industries, with South Africa receiving 21 percent of the region's total FDI. While countries such as Egypt, Nigeria and Tunisia received close to 86 percent of the African FDI total, levels of investment remained below $100m for many of the least developed countries such as Angola, which saw a drastic decline. As a share of global FDI, Africa only represented 3 percent, much lower than levels in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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