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The following links and references to third-party web sites are not under the control of the International Trade Centre nor its parents. Therefore, the International Trade Centre and its parents are not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained within a linked site. The International Trade Centre provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the International Trade Centre. (Links are provided in alphabetical order)

ANIMA ANIMA's primary goal is to reinforce the capabilities of the investment promotion agencies (IPAs) in 12 target countries in the Mediterranean. This is in the framework of the MEDA co-operation programme between the European Union and 12 partner states to the South and East of the Mediterranean (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey). The ultimate goal of the network is to increase foreign direct investment flows in the Mediterranean region. The site contains information on country and sector perspectives but also on success stories. It also provides recent foreign investment projects by sector in the target countries. See www.animaweb.org
EUROSTAT Data on FDI flows and stocks of the EU25 for the period 2001-03 is available from Eurostat. Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. See EUROSTAT
ITC is the technical cooperation agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). ITC supports developing and transition economies, and particularly their business sector, in their efforts to realize their full potential for developing exports and improving import operations. See www.intracen.org
Trade Map is an online database, developed by the International Trade Centre - UNCTAD/WTO. Trade Map presents global trade flows for international business development and trade promotion, providing detailed export and import profiles and trends for over 5,300 products in 200 countries and territories. Based on the world's largest database COMTRADE, Trade Map presents import/export values and quantities, growth rates, market shares and market access information. It allows users to analyse markets, select priority countries for export diversification, review the performance of competing countries and assess opportunities for product diversification by identifying existing and potential trade between countries.
Market Access Map provides custom tariffs (including tariff preferences) applied by 191 countries and faced by 239 countries and territories as well as ad valorem equivalents (AVEs) for all non-ad valorem duties in order to compare tariffs across countries, perform aggregations and simulate tariff reduction scenarios. It also covers tariff rate quotas, trade remedies, Rules of Origin, bound tariffs of WTO members, non-tariff measures (NTMs) and trade flows.
Standards Map is an interactive online database which presents comprehensive and comparable information on voluntary standards with the aim to strengthen the capacity of producers, exporters and buyers to participate in more sustainable production and trade. Standards Map references information on over 70 voluntary standards operating in more than 200 countries and certifying products and services in over 60 economic sectors.
IFZ The website "Investir en Zone Franc": IZF.net has been created in 1998 by the 'Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine' (UEMOA) (or in English the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU) and the 'Communauté Économique et Monétaire d'Afrique Centrale' (CEMAC), with the support of French cooperation, in the framework of a project of investment promotion in the Zone Franc.
IZF.net provides various information in French regarding macro-economic and legal environment for investment as well as links to more than 2000 sources. See www.izf.net
Investment Climate
The Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group assists client governments in implementing reforms to improve the investment climate. Advisory work is organized under two main areas of practice: Regulatory Simplification and Investment Generation. In both practice areas, the focus is on improving the policies, laws, and regulations that affect domestic and foreign investors and influence their decisions to invest. See www.wbginvestmentclimate.org
The Investment Generation Toolkit offers investment promotion practitioners with online access a growing collection of resources and tools that support organizations seeking to attract and retain foreign direct investment (FDI). The site provides information on many aspects of FDI promotion, resources to research prospective investors, tools and best practice examples to help structure your operations and activities, and E-learning to develop individual skills and increase knowledge of FDI promotion methods and tactics. Investment Generation Toolkit is designed to accommodate all levels of practitioners - from novice to very experienced - and a broad range of interest areas. Its content also helps policy makers seeking to better understand the benefits of FDI and the institutional requirements for successful promotional efforts.
locations4business Locations4business is the No. 1 online resource for foreign direct investment. Companies can use locations4business to search for and compare business locations that match their criteria, access data and intelligence, make confidential enquiries and obtain location advice and support. See www.locations4business.com
LocationSelector LocationSelector is a unique web based location benchmarking platform that allows user to benchmark and rank the competitiveness of locations worldwide. LocationSelector allows for calculating competitiveness scores and rankings, tables, graphs, time series analysis, financial analysis tools, best practices and report functions. LocationSelector provides detailed business intelligence for 200 countries, 500 cities and more than 700 location factors. See www.locationselector.com
MIGA MIGA, part of the World Bank Group, has the mission to promote foreign direct investment into developing countries, in order to support economic growth, reduce poverty and improve people's lives. MIGA, a global insurer to private investors and adviser to countries on foreign investment, is committed to promoting projects with the greatest development impact that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. See www.miga.org.
In order to disseminate risk mitigation information and thereby facilitate foreign direct investment, MIGA has also created the Political Risk Insurance Center. The PRI-Center is conceived as a "one-stop" online portal for political risk insurance resources. The PRI-Center mobilizes, aggregates and disseminates knowledge on political risk management issues, in partnership with other organizations - all free of charge. The PRI-Center aims to be a neutral, industry-specific marketplace that enables private and public sector insurers, brokers, investors, as well as the academic community, to share their perspectives and knowledge on political risk management. See www.pri-center.com
OECD FDI statistics Within the framework of its mandate, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development publishes aggregated data on FDI for its 30 member countries. The OECD also publishes studies and technical paper on FDI related issues. See OECD FDI statistics
Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. The organization carries out three key functions: it functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations; it undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts; and it provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries. See www.unctad.org
The Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE) is recognized as a global centre of excellence on issues related to investment and enterprise for sustainable development. Built on several decades of successful experience, its staff provides international expertise in research and policy analysis, inter-governmental consensus-building and technical assistance to over 150 countries. Its flagship product is the annual World Investment Report and its main global stakeholder event is the biannual World Investment Forum. The Division also maintains the interactive World Investment Network of over 9,000 members to disseminate and promote all its work on investment and enterprise.
FDI statistics. After Free Registration, a user can have access to data on FDI Flows and Stock. The database covers information on all countries since 1970 (since 1980 for FDI stock). Data is searchable by country and year. Graph and extraction functions are available, too.
Investment Country Profiles presents systematically, at the country level, inward and outward FDI flows and stocks, the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs) and basic information on the largest TNCs in and from these countries.
The World Investment Report World Investment Report has been published annually by UNCTAD since 1991. Each year's Report covers: the latest trends in FDI during the previous year, with special emphasis on the development implications; the ranking of the largest transnational corporations in the world; in-depth analysis of a selected topic related to FDI; and policy analysis and recommendations. For example The World Investment Report 2004 explores the shift towards services, with a special analysis of offshoring service activities. The report includes a statistical annex, which is also available on CD-ROM.
UNSD The United Nations Statistics Division, UNSD, compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics. Unrestricted free access is provided to selected global datasets, such as the Millennium Indicators Database. See unstats.un.org
WAIPA The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) was established in 1995 and is registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Geneva, Switzerland. WAIPA acts as a forum for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to provide networking opportunities and facilitate the exchange of best practices in investment promotion. Membership is open to all agencies whose prime function is to promote any country or territory for investment. See www.waipa.org
WCO The World Customs Organisation, WCO is an independent intergovernmental body, whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of customs administrations. It has 159 member governments and is located in Brussels, Belgium. See www.wcoomd.org
WTO The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world's trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business. See www.wto.org