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Business and Economic Update
Issue 02

FDI Inward Stock

In terms of overall stock of FDIs through time, there is a huge gap even among G7 countries, especially between the US and Japan. We checked the numbers per decade from 1994, 2004 and 2014 to see some pattern, if any. FDI stock in the US was 39x that of Japan in 1994, 28x in 2004, and 32x in 2014. This shows that Japan has been relying on domestic investments for its economic growth all these decades.

A similar degree of investments “inequality” can be observed between Hong Kong and its neighbors Macao and Taiwan. And much more with Mongolia.

Within the ASEAN, the degree of expansion of FDI stock over 20 years has been relatively impressive. In particular, the Within the ASEAN, the degree of expansion of FDI stock over 20 years has been relatively impressive. In particular, the increases were as follows: Vietnam 23x, Myanmar 20x, Singapore and Indonesia 16x, Philippines 11x, Thailand 9x, Malaysia 6x. The high expansion in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia is mainly due to their low base in 1994.

Table 2. FDI inward stock, in billion US dollars
FDI inward stock, in billion US$

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