November 2009

Welcome to the latest update from Invest in America, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s program to promote foreign direct investment to the United States This monthly update is meant to provide a few quick points highlighting some activities of Invest in America.

Upcoming Invest in America Participation

Invest in America will participate in:

  • Business Investment Seminar, Entering the U.S. Market, December 6, 2009, Doha Qatar.
  • Inaugural Meeting of The Arab Global Forum, The Arab World in a New Global Context: Challenges, Choices and Opportunities, Washington, D.C., December 7-8. 2009.
  • Council of America States in Europe, (CASE ) Three City Roadshow, events in Milan, Paris and Belgium, February 2-4, 2010.

Recent Invest in America Participation

Reports of Note

Russian outward FDI and its policy context“, by Andrei Panibratov and Kalman Kalotay, is the first in a series of country profiles of inward and outward FDI released by The Vale Columbia Center The profile notes [O]utward foreign direct investment from Russia often surprises outside observers by its landmark deals.

UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2009, Overview: Part One examines FDI Trends, Policy and Prospects, and Part Two focuses on Transnational Corporations, Agricultural Production and Development. The report notes that amid a sharpening financial and economic crisis, global FDI inflows fell from a historic high of $1,979 billion in 2007 to $1,697 billion in 2008, a decline of 14%. The slide continued into 2009, with added momentum. A slow recovery is expected in 2010, but should speed up in 2011.

According to a WTO-OECD-UNCTAD issued publication, entitled the Report on G20 Trade and Investment Measures: [T]here is no indication of a descent into high-intensity protectionism as a reaction to the global economic crisis, involving widespread resort to trade or investment restriction or retaliation. The authors contend that this suggests that G20 members and other governments have so far succeeded in managing the political process of keeping domestic protectionist pressures under control.


  • Inquiries to date in 2009: 235
  • Ombudsman cases in 2009: 15

Invest in America’s ombudsman program has achieved a number of successes in working across the federal government to address investor concerns and issues involving federal agencies. If a foreign investor has a federal-level issue that is jeopardizing an investment in the United States, please contact Invest in America at 202-482-5199 or email Invest in America at

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