With the whole world looking forward to new investment avenues after the lackluster performance by stocks and companies in the US and European Union, all eyes have turned to the emerging economies (BRICS). Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa continue to be strong performers in attracting FDI even though growth rates have slipped from their 2007 levels. FDI inflows to the top 20 host economies of 2013 are around billions of dollars.
Global FDI saw an increase of over 11% to an estimated 1.46 trillion dollars. BRICS’s current share of global FDI flows stands at 22%, twice that of their 2007 pre-crisis level. Total inflows to the five leading emerging economies reached USD 322 billion in 2013, 21% higher than in 2012. South Africa outperformed other countries within the group, with FDI inflows rising by 126%. Even though inflows to Brazil maintained a high level, its negative rate of growth (-4%) was the lowest among the BRICS.
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