Latin America & Caribbean Foreign Direct Investment 1970-2021

Foreign direct investment refers to direct investment equity flows in the reporting economy. It is the sum of equity capital, reinvestment of earnings, and other capital. Direct investment is a category of cross-border investment associated with a resident in one economy having control or a significant degree of influence on the management of an enterprise that is resident in another economy. Ownership of 10 percent or more of the ordinary shares of voting stock is the criterion for determining the existence of a direct investment relationship. Data are in current U.S. dollars.
  • Latin America & Caribbean foreign direct investment for 2019 was $222.00B, a 5.47% decline from 2018.
  • Latin America & Caribbean foreign direct investment for 2018 was $234.85B, a 5.96% increase from 2017.
  • Latin America & Caribbean foreign direct investment for 2017 was $221.64B, a 3.38% decline from 2016.
  • Latin America & Caribbean foreign direct investment for 2016 was $229.40B, a 19.31% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Inflows, US $
World $1,744.10B
OECD members $902.09B
East Asia & Pacific $546.99B
North America $396.72B
European Union $313.17B
Latin America & Caribbean $222.00B
Euro Area $176.13B
South Asia $56.69B
Sub-Saharan Africa $31.38B
Latin America & Caribbean Foreign Direct Investment - Historical Data
Year Inflows, US $ % of GDP
2019 $222.00B 3.18%
2018 $234.85B 3.36%
2017 $221.64B 3.07%
2016 $229.40B 3.54%
2015 $284.29B 5.20%
2014 $296.62B 3.86%
2013 $385.18B 4.44%
2012 $298.85B 3.74%
2011 $285.58B 3.85%
2010 $233.57B 3.52%
2009 $156.45B 2.75%
2008 $222.11B 3.83%
2007 $195.79B 4.18%
2006 $116.48B 3.26%
2005 $81.67B 2.91%
2004 $100.82B 3.07%
2003 $58.03B 2.36%
2002 $64.69B 2.97%
2001 $78.51B 3.40%
2000 $97.26B 3.64%
1999 $104.72B 4.56%
1998 $85.55B 3.28%
1997 $73.78B 3.05%
1996 $48.06B 2.30%
1995 $30.17B 1.67%
1994 $29.80B 1.67%
1993 $14.98B 0.92%
1992 $14.66B 1.13%
1991 $13.19B 0.95%
1990 $8.49B 0.76%
1989 $8.32B 0.86%
1988 $8.58B 0.99%
1987 $5.39B 0.69%
1986 $4.82B 0.66%
1985 $6.44B 0.83%
1984 $5.07B 0.64%
1983 $5.49B 0.77%
1982 $7.00B 1.00%
1981 $8.73B 1.02%
1980 $6.45B 0.89%
1979 $5.28B 0.72%
1978 $3.99B 0.61%
1977 $2.98B 0.40%
1976 $2.11B 0.20%
1975 $3.03B 0.73%
1974 $2.04B 0.35%
1973 $2.25B 0.58%
1972 $0.92B 0.32%
1971 $1.77B 1.14%
1970 $1.43B 1.07%