Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into ASEAN has risen for the third consecutive year from $117.7 billion in 2013 to $136.2 billion in 2014. Despite a 16% decline of global FDI flows in 2014, ASEAN Member States have collectively received the largest FDI among developing countries. Due to robust regional economic fundamentals, cost advantages, regional integration, and on-going efforts to improve the investment environment in ASEAN, the region is now seen as a prime investment destination, attracting investments and influencing corporate strategies in the region.
Investments from ASEAN Member States also continue to rise, reaching $24.4 billion in 2014 from $19.4 billion of the previous year. With intra-ASEAN investment accounting for 18% of the total FDI into the region, ASEAN is now the 2nd largest investor in its own region, manifesting greater interest from the business community to have a stronger regional presence in light of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of 2015.
This 2015 ASEAN Investment Report focuses on infrastructure investment and connectivity – both critical in supporting ASEAN’s economic growth as they improve logistical efficiency, reduce transaction costs and support greater flow of trade and investment. Highlighting the important role of the private sector in helping governments to bridge the infrastructure gap in ASEAN and the linkages of various players across the infrastructure value chain, this Annual Report continues to provide useful updates on the latest developments in the ASEAN investment landscape.
This report was prepared under a technical cooperation arrangement between the ASEAN Secretariat and the UNCTAD Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE). This report was published in 2015, and also currently available at the UNCTAD website.