According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s World Investment Report 2016, global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows grew 37.99% from 2014, to $1,762B in 2015, the highest level since the global economic and financial crisis began in 2008. However, this trend was not followed in Lebanon as its FDI inflows decreased 19.44%, from $2.91B in 2014 to $2.34B in 2015. Hence, FDI as a percentage of gross fixed capital formation in Lebanon dropped from 24.4% in 2014 to 21.5% in 2015.
FDI inflows to Lebanon took a share of 0.13% of total inflows in 2015, compared to a higher share of 0.23% in 2014.
Similarly, FDI outflows from Lebanon declined by 48.97%, to $619M in 2015, compared to $1.21B in 2014.
As for Greenfield investment projects, they also plunged from $1.18B in 2014 to $75M in 2015.
Lebanon’s FDI Inflows and Outflows ($M)