The Economist Intelligence Unit launches 'World Investment Service'

Apr 28, 2006

The Economist Intelligence Unit has launched the new World Investment Service. Developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in collaboration with Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing (BvDEP), World Investment Service provides support for all foreign investment decisions, from research and planning to monitoring and analysis.

World Investment Service features a database containing flows of investment by country and industry, overseas mergers and acquisitions (from BvDEP's Zephyr database) and business costs. It covers the world's 60 largest economies, accounting for over 95% of global foreign direct investment (FDI), and provides analysis on the political and economic background, business environment, foreign investment regulations, and trends in foreign investment.

World Investment Service evaluates not just the current conditions, but the future opportunities and risks that may have an impact on an investment. Drawing on the Economist Intelligence Unit's macroeconomic forecasts and forward-looking analysis, such as the Business Environment Rankings, the service provides a picture of the country as an investment destination over a five-year horizon.