Foreign investment flow into India down 26pc in 2021: UN

United Nations, January 21 (KMS): Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to India in 2021 were 26% lower, mainly because large M&A deals recorded in 2020 were not repeated, the UN trade body has said.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Investment Trends Monitor said, global foreign direct investment flows showed a strong rebound in 2021, growing 77 percent to an estimated $1.65 trillion, from $929 billion in 2020, surpassing their pre-Covid level.

The UNCTAD Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan said, “Recovery of investment flows to developing countries is encouraging, but the stagnation of new investment in the least developed countries in industries important for productive capacities, and key Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) sectors — such as electricity, food or health — is a major cause for concern.”

The report said developed economies saw the biggest rise by far, with FDI reaching an estimated $777 billion in 2021 — three times the exceptionally low level in 2020.

The FDI flows in developing economies increased by 30 percent to nearly $870 billion, with a growth acceleration in East and South-East Asia (+20pc), a recovery to near pre-pandemic levels in Latin America and the Caribbean, and an uptick in West Asia.

FDI flows to South Asia decreased 24 percent to $54 billion in 2021 from $71 billion in 2020. FDI in the US — the largest host economy — increased by 114% to $323 billion, and cross-border M&As almost tripled in value to $285 billion.