- Pablo Bortz
Thirty-one lecturers and students from Colombian core member, Universidad EAFIT, joined a Vi videoconference presentation of the latest UNCTAD World Investment Report (WIR) September 13. Another 50 or so, from afilliate members, Universidad de La Sabana and Universidad Sergio Arboleda, joined the discussion via webcast.
"Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows increased by 38 percent in 2015,” said report presenter, Stephania Bonilla-Féret, of UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise. “However, they lacked productive impact, as growth was mainly brought about by a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) driven by corporate reconfigurations, including tax inversion." Discounting these large-scale corporate reconfigurations implies a more moderate increase of about 15 percent, she added.