The worldwide foreign direct investment (FDI) flow recorded in 2010 amounted to $1.24 trillion compared to $1.97 trillion in 2007. These figures are from the World Investment Report 2011. Mauritius recorded its highest FDI ever in 2010 attracting $430 million as well as outward investment of $129 million, making the island an important recipient of FDI as well as a source for outward investment.
Inward investments last year accounted for 19.1 per cent of Gross Fixed Capital Formation. The total stock of FDI in Mauritius is estimated at $2,319 million. However, the country is still recovering from the economic crisis and was “very fragile” said Joint Economic Council director Raj Makoond.
He was speaking at the launch of the 2011 edition of the World Investment Report prepared by UNCTAD.
Board of Investment managing director Prakash Maunthoora and acting minister of Finance, Vasant Bunwaree were also present for the event the BOI, Port Louis on Monday.
The report is a reference publication capturing the recent trends of global FDI flows and policies and was entitled ‘Non-Equity Modes of International Production and Development’. It highlights the important role of cross-border non-equity modes of mobilising global FDI flows.
The Non-Equity Mode is set to become a very important variable in future FDI equations as it captures emerging business models like Business Process Outsourcing and other types of contractual relationship through which TNCs coordinate the activities of host-country firms, without owning a stake in those firms.