Foreign Direct Investment

Countrywatch (Requires Bellarmine Network ID login)

Countrywatch provides information on all of the worlds recognized nations.  Information on topics such as political conditions, political stability, economic conditions, and investment climate are available.

Foreign Direct Investment Toolkit

Welcome to the Investment Generation Toolkit, which offers investment promotion practitioners with online access a growing collection of resources and tools that support organizations seeking to attract and retain foreign direct investment (FDI). Here you will discover reference information that answers your immediate questions about many aspects of FDI promotion, resources to research prospective investors, tools and best practice examples to help structure your operations and activities, and E-learning to develop individual skills and increase knowledge of FDI promotion methods and tactics.

Investment Climate Statements 2011

Investment Climate Statements provide a thorough description of the overseas environments in which U.S. investors must operate. The statements cover general characteristics, such as openness to foreign investment and treatment of foreign investors, as well as details about procedures for licensing and similar administrative matters.

Doing Business Reports Series

The Doing Business report series includes annual reports going back to 2004, a wide variety of subnational studies, and a number of special reports dealing with regions or topics. Use the tabs to read report summaries and to download. Additional country and regional reports can be downloaded below.

Business Environment Snapshots

Your one-stop guide to business environments, indicators and laws for 183 countries.

Investing Across Borders

Investing Across Borders is a World Bank Group initiative comparing regulation of foreign direct investment around the world. It presents quantitative indicators on economies' laws, regulations, and practices affecting how foreign companies invest across sectors, start businesses, access industrial land, and arbitrate commercial disputes.

Enterprise Surveys

An Enterprise Survey is a firm-level survey of a representative sample of an economy’s private sector. The surveys cover a broad range of business environment topics including access to finance, corruption, infrastructure, crime, competition, and performance measures.

International Market Research Library

Locate reports on the business climate of other countries to assess Foreign Direct Investment opportunities.

Information for Exporters of U.S. Goods and Services (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)

Whether you are a U.S. company looking to make your first export sale or expand to additional markets, or an international company looking to purchase products/services from the United States or find additional U.S. suppliers, we offer the expertise you need to connect with lucrative opportunities.

Department of State Background Notes

Background Notes include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.

Current Travel Alerts - Department of State

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

Current Travel Warnings - Department of State

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

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