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Foreign Direct Investment | English Lesson

Oct 21, 2021

Our topic today? Foreign Direct Investment, also known as FDI. This English vocabulary is useful when discussing international economics.

VOCABULARY

  • Economic territory: the areas under the effective economic control of a single government.
  • Residence: the economic territory where the enterprise has its main economic interest.
  • Foreign Parent: a foreign parent is an owner residing outside the host country which has at least 10 percent ownership in the enterprise.
  • Inward Flow: this measure captures FDI from one market to the host country.
  • Outward Flow: this measure captures FDI from the source to a foreign country.

DISCUSSION

Okay well, most economists agree that foreign direct investment, or FDI, is beneficial for the economic development of the host country and friends.

By host country, I mean the economic territory that receives the investment: the host country. Another use of the word host, for example, is if you have people over to your house, you are the host. So the host country.

Well, the benefits of FDI are many and can include the creation of new jobs, especially if the investment is used for the construction of new projects.

Also, for developing economies, FDI can be key for bringing new technology into the country. Some countries benefit more from FDI than others because the nature of the investment can create an important multiplier effect.

For example, through the use of local production of materials for construction. So FDI can result in an important multiplier effect.

Well, it’s possible to identify the direct impact of FDI on economic development through the national accounts. However, FDI could also have many indirect impacts that are more difficult to capture, such as the development of human capital. And by human capital, I mean people’s skills, their knowledge.

New companies that come from abroad can come with training and teach people new skills.

So the development of human capital.

Generally speaking, developing economies receive a net inward flow of FDI and developed economies a net outward flow. That makes sense, richer countries invest in poorer countries where local funding is scarce.

For example, in a country with plentiful natural resources, a large investment could be necessary to develop them. And if it’s a developing economy, perhaps they need that funding from abroad.

Well, what can be some of the disadvantages of FDI?

The disadvantages of FDI could be that the revenues from the investment don’t necessarily stay in the economic territory.

By that, I mean the host economy. But rather these revenues flow across the border to the foreign parent and the foreign parent is in another country.

Of course, now depending on the scale of the economy of the host country the outward flow of profit remitted to the foreign parent can even provoke a trade deficit.

Okay, well, let’s look at our vocabulary one last time:

VOCABULARY REVIEW

Economic territory: the areas under the effective economic control of a single government. Economic territory

Residence: the economic territory where the enterprise has its main economic interest. By the way, the house or the apartment where you live, that is your residence. So residence we also use in economic terms

Foreign parent: a foreign parent is an owner residing outside the host country which has at least 10% ownership in the enterprise 10% or more known as a foreign parent.

Inward flow: well, that’s the measure that captures the foreign direct investment from one market to the host country.

Outward flow: well, this is the measure that captures foreign direct investment or FDI from the source to a foreign country.

CONCLUSION

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