Expertise and Experience
The Asia-Pacific FDI Network is a dynamic network of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI). The Network receives contributions from experts and practitioners in various disciplines including, law, economics, business studies, history, political science, management, geography, etc. The diverse background of experts from both common law and civil law countries, developed or developing countries, small or large states adds to the comprehensiveness and scholarly pursuits of the discussions. The focus of the Network is on the strategic APAC region. Of late, the Network has also created a dynamic area for discussion of issues related to foreign direct investments.
On account of several regional, bilateral and plurilateral initiatives that have been undertaken by APAC countries, such as the Belt & Roads Initiative, there has been greater global interest in cross-border investment, especially by American and European investors. Moreover, in the recent past, intra-regional trade between APAC nations has resulted in more than half of the total APAC trade worldwide. The Network, through its scholarship, also helps explore options for foreign investors to diversify their investments. For example, scholarship on China has shown that it is the source of a quarter of the imports for all other countries in the region and is the number one export destination for 21 economies in the region, opening the possibility for exploration of unconventional industries.
With stronger economic ties through regional and cross-border partnerships in the form of trade and investment agreements, this region is continuing to remain strategic for FDI inflows. In neighbouring India, since 1991, the investment climate has improved considerably. India’s growth story has been aided in part by incoming FDI. While the inflow has been consistently rising, among other things, due to India being an attractive destination on account of eased foreign exchange norms, low cost of labour, availability of a vast market. Therefore, as the country and its businesses have developed, outbound FDI is also gaining pace in India.