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AuthorHall, Chris
TitleHandbook on Foreign Direct Investment by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Lessons from Asia
Imprint Geneva : United Nations, 1998
Descript xiii, 200 p. : forms, charts, tables


Abstract: Small and medium-sized enterprises are one of the engines of development and growth. These firms, too, increasingly face competitive pressures arising from globalization and liberalization. As they respond to the competitive pressures with the internationalization of their activities, their outward foreign direct investment is increasing in importance. Foreign direct investment has the potential to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises of both home and host countries. The findings of this Handbook are largely based on the UNCTAD survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in developing Asia, the region that is viewed by many experts as having the largest potential to mobilize foreign direct investment by small and medium-sized enterprises. Part one of the Handbook assesses the role and behaviour of small and medium-sized enterprises and their foreign direct investment in Asian countries, the problems they face, their strategies, and the potential impact of their foreign direct investment and that of large investors on recipient small and medium-sized enterprises and host economies in the region. Part two examines government policies on small and medium-sized enterprises and their foreign direct investment in Asian countries which have successfully fostered and incorporated small and medium-sized enterprises into economic development, and attempts to draw lessons from these cases. In Part three, the Handbook provides a framework for assessing the costs and benefits of different policies, and for the steps required for the formulation and implementation of measures encouraging the flows of investment and technology from foreign small and medium-sized enterprises to host countries. It also examines avenues for international cooperation. [English only]

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