Leading this trend is the Asia-Pacific region, with Taiwan investing in 991 projects so far overseas over the seven year period. Brazil has also emerged as a major investor, with 435 projects over the same time.

However, following the global economic recession of 2008, there has been an overall decline in the number of FDI projects from these countries. This has been seen on a global level, with the number of foreign investment projects between 2008 and 2009 decreasing by 13.61%.


The European Central Bank has stated that emerging economies have weathered the global recession better than advanced countries. This can be seen when Japanese and Taiwanese investment activities are compared. Between 2008 and 2009, there was a decrease of 14.1% in the number of FDI projects from Taiwanese companies, in comparison with Japan, which had a decrease of 26.81% for the same period, almost double the global investment decrease level.

Emerging economies are expected to expand 6.3% in 2010, which is nearly triple the pace of growth in advanced nations. As a result, the world economy will depend even more upon emerging countries for economic and financial stability.