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Chinese foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: China-Latin America cross-council taskforce. Working document

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UN symbol.: LC/L.3729 20 p.; grafs. Editorial: ECLAC November 2013


Although Chinese corporations were relatively unknown in Latin America until a few years ago, their direct
investments in the region have averaged about US$10 billion per year since 2010. Their presence and economic
leverage have become very significant in many industries and countries of the region, but their motivation, strategy
and procedures are not always well understood by Latin America’s governments, businesses and civil society.
Similarly, Chinese companies still need to gain a better understanding of Latin America’s business environment
and opportunities.
This working document is an input for discussing the future of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in
Latin America at the China - Latin America cross-council taskforce at the Summit on the Global Agenda, to be
held under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Abu Dhabi on 18-20 November 2013. It was
prepared jointly by Taotao Chen, Professor of Finance of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua
University in China and member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on China, and by Miguel Pérez Ludeña,
Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), under the
supervision of Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC and Vice-Chair of the WEF Global Agenda Council
on Latin America.

Table of contents

The rise in Chinese outward foreign direct investment .-- Overview of Chinese foreign direct investment in Latin America .-- Extractive industries receive most capital .-- Infrastructure needs and capacities .-- Manufacturing investments are concentrated in Brazil .-- Conclusions and perspectives.