According to data from greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets, Asia-Pacific is experiencing a slowdown in FDI inflows. There has been a marked decline in FDI projects in the region, with 1553 projects recorded between January and July 2013, compared with 2330 projects in the same period in 2012. The region had been enjoying year-on-year growth in FDI inflows between 2009 and 2011, before registering a decline in 2012.
In April 2013, project numbers peaked in Asia-Pacific, with 282 projects recorded, the highest of any month in the year so far. This was followed by month-on-month declines, with just 195 projects recorded in July, a 40% decline on the 314 recorded in July 2012. Capital expenditure and job creation have also declined. Between January and July 2013, a total of $73.91bn was invested in the region, with 280,650 jobs created as a result of FDI. In the same period of 2012, these figures stood at $124.88bn and 456,482, respectively.
The top source country for FDI into Asia-Pacific in 2013 so far is the US. Despite retaining its position as the top source country, the US has registered a decline in FDI inflows into Asia-Pacific. Between January and July 2013, there were 441 such projects, compared with 612 in the same period in 2012.