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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) spoke with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi about the findings of the latest World Investment Report and COVID-19’s impact on foreign direct investment.

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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, foreign direct investment, or FDI, has declined due to new trade restrictions, protectionist measures, and public lockdowns. Against this backdrop, UNCTAD has released its annual World Investment Report, entitled, “International Production Beyond the Pandemic.”

UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi discusses the report’s findings, as well as COVID-19’s impact on FDI and industrial production.

Learn more about ICC’s campaign to Save Our SMEs and the OECD’s policy responses to COVID-19.

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