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Week 1 Activity 1: Research Activity: FDI and Ease of Doing Business 

You are working in a company that is considering investing in a foreign country. You were asked by management to evaluate the attractiveness of foreign countries in terms of return to FDI and ease of doing business. A colleague mentioned a potentially useful tool called the “FDI Confidence Index” and an index on Ease of Doing Business. Find the top 25 countries in terms of FDI attractiveness. Then pick one country and prepare a short report on the country’s FDI environment, regulations and ease of doing business. Your report should be a maximum of 1 page, double-spaced, Word or PDF document.  However, you can have unlimited number of exhibits that should be put in an Appendix in the same file.

Hint:
The FDI Confidence Index is a study published by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney based on surveys of CEOs. You can find the index here: https://www.atkearney.com/gbpc/foreign-direct-investment-confidence-index Additional FDI resources can be found at: http://globaledge.msu.edu/

Several indices are provided in: http://globaledge.msu.edu/Global-Resources/rankings

The FDI statistics are provided by a variety of sources. One of the most comprehensive sources is the UNCTAD’s World Investment Report (see Country Fact Sheets) and can be accessed by searching the term “FDI” at http://globaledge.msu.edu or in the website of UNCTAD.

Alternatively, many of the same statistics, as well as detailed write-ups of the FDI environment can also be reached through the Country Commercial Guides (we will cover these later).

The Ease of Doing Business Index captures the regulatory environment of a country as it relates to the helpfulness of starting and operating a business. It is available from the World Bank at: http://www.doingbusiness.org/rankings/

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