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ECLAC Will Present New Figures on Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean

30 November 2020|Announcement

The annual report will be released at a virtual press conference this Wednesday, December 2, by the United Nations regional organization’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present this Wednesday, December 2, at 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (UTC/GMT -3:00) its study entitled Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020, which examines the global and regional evolution of FDI inflows as well as the contribution of these flows to productive development processes in the region.

The main conclusions of this annual report will be presented by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, at a virtual press conference carried out from Santiago, Chile.

The publication’s first chapter details the amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) received by each country in 2019, sums up the results of the 2010-2019 decade, analyzes the new international context associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides a regional forecast for 2020.

In the second chapter, the reorganization of global value chains are studied along with changes in the organization of global production in this new international context, while the third chapter focuses on the characteristics, positioning and prospects of the medical devices sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Journalists interested in participating in the press conference must register in advance at the following link to follow the live transmission via the Webex platform:

Once they have registered, journalists will receive an automated email with instructions for joining the event as of 11 a.m. local time. Accredited journalists will be able to send their questions in writing via the Webex platform’s chat while the press conference is taking place. They will also be able to submit their questions ahead of time to the email address, and ECLAC’s Executive Secretary will respond to them once she has finished presenting the document. Questions will only be taken until 11:30 a.m. local time.

The press conference will also be transmitted live online via the institution’s website, at and via its social media accounts on Twitter (@cepal_onu) and Facebook (

The full electronic version of this new annual report by ECLAC, along with a press release and the presentation by Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, will be available on ECLAC’s website and on the webpage of the COVID-19 Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean, as soon as the press conference has concluded.

What: Launch of ECLAC’s flagship annual report: Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2020.

Who: Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:00 a.m. local time in Chile (GMT -03:00).

Where: Virtual connection via the Webex platform (prior registration required).

Event number: 180 752 9482

Event password: IED2020

Also via ECLAC’s website and at

For queries and to arrange interviews, contact ECLAC’s Public Information Unit.

Email:; Telephone: (56) 22210 2040.