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 worked to create a dynamic area for discussion of issues related to foreign direct investments.
Asia Pacific FDI Network affiliated experts collaborate with FDI key actors that include private investors and international and regional lenders such as the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and World bank (WB). Our experts regularly act as consultants for national governments and international and regional agencies such as the International Trade Center (ITC), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
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 possibility for exploration of unconventional industries.