Ranking for Foreign Direct Investment received

At $1.90 million, Costa Rica is the Central American country that received the most Foreign Direct Investments (FDI)last year, closely followed by Panama at $1.83 billion and El Salvador at $1.53 billion.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

According to the World Investment Report 2008 published on Wednesday, Costa Rica benefited from the global growth in FDI's for the third consecutive year which was at a record of 36% or $1.8 trillion.
On the Isthmus, Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador are leading the list, capturing 27%, 26% and 21% of the FDI's respectively, far ahead of countries such as Honduras (11%), Guatemala (10%) or Nicaragua at 5%.

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