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DIRECT INVESTMENT

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French Equivalent: Investissements direct

Definition:
Direct investment is a category of international investment made by a resident entity in one economy (direct investor) with the objective of establishing a lasting interest in an enterprise resident in an economy other than that of the investor (direct investment enterprise).

”Lasting interest” implies the existence of a long-term relationship between the direct investor and the enterprise and a significant degree of influence by the direct investor on the management of the direct investment enterprise.

Direct investment involves both the initial transaction between the two entities and all subsequent capital transactions between them and among affiliated enterprises, both incorporated and unincorporated.

Source Publication:
OECD & IMF, 2004, Glossary of Foreign Direct Investment Terms and Definitions, Paris and Washington DC.

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, November 04, 2004