The UNCTAD 2013 World Investment Report classifies the Netherlands as one of the largest potential investors for 2013-2015. A strong international orientation and a liberal policy towards foreign investment are the characteristics of the Netherlands' policies in this field. Many Dutch companies are multinational by nature and a large number of these are listed on the foreign stock markets. There are no regulatory restrictions on foreign direct investment. After slowing down in 2012, FDI again recovered in 2013, a trend which should become stronger in 2014 thanks to the improvement of the global economic situation.
|Index of Transaction Transparency*||4.0||6.0||7.0||5.0|
|Index of Manager’s Responsibility**||4.0||5.0||9.0||5.0|
|Index of Shareholders’ Power***||7.0||9.0||5.0|
|Index of Investor Protection****||4.7||6.1||8.3||5.0|
Source: Doing Business - Last Available Data.
Note: *The Greater the Index, the More Transparent the Conditions of Transactions. **The Greater the Index, the More the Manager is Personally Responsible. *** The Greater the Index, the Easier it Will Be For Shareholders to Take Legal Action. **** The Greater the Index, the Higher the Level of Investor Protection.
|Foreign Direct Investment||2011||2012||2013|
|FDI Inward Flow (million USD)||21,047||9,706||24,389|
|FDI Stock (million USD)||608,264||624,380||670,115|
|Performance Index*, Ranking on 181 Economies||67||-||-|
|Potential Index**, Ranking on 177 Economies||21||-||-|
|Number of Greenfield Investments***||201||163||156|
|FDI Inwards (in % of GFCF****)||14.2||7.4||17.9|
|FDI Stock (in % of GDP)||73.0||81.1||83.8|
Source: UNCTAD - Last Available Data.
Note: * The UNCTAD Inward FDI Performance Index is Based on a Ratio of the Country's Share in Global FDI Inflows and its Share in Global GDP. ** The UNCTAD Inward FDI Potential Index is Based on 12 Economic and Structural Variables Such as GDP, Foreign Trade, FDI, Infrastructures, Energy Use, R&D, Education, Country Risk. *** Green Field Investments Are a Form of Foreign Direct Investment Where a Parent Company Starts a New Venture in a Foreign Country By Constructing New Operational Facilities From the Ground Up. **** Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) Measures the Value of Additions to Fixed Assets Purchased By Business, Government and Households Less Disposals of Fixed Assets Sold Off or Scrapped.
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