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Bangladesh experiences a decline in investments in 2022

Economic Tag: FDI

An analysis by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) found that the number of greenfield investment projects announced in Bangladesh fell by 59% during the first eleven months of the previous calendar year.

Despite being regarded as a reliable predictor of future foreign direct investment (FDI) patterns, Bangladesh received greenfield investment proposals worth $376 million in 2022, a 59% decrease from 2021. The survey also showed that the volume of global project finance deals announced in 2022 decreased significantly, by 97% to $117 million.

Project finance transactions decreased dramatically from 14 in 2021 to just 1 in 2022, a 93% decrease. Worldwide, the volume of foreign project finance transactions fell by 76% in value and by 42% overall in 2022 compared to 2019. Throughout the same time span, global corporations announced 55% fewer greenfield projects.




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 Dhaka Tribune

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