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WAVTEQ launches first ever City FDI Performance Index for 50 leading cities in the world

Our new report, Investing in an Urban World, presents the 2017 WAVTEQ City FDI Performance Index. Cities have become the driving force of economic growth and development. Corporate FDI strategies are very strongly focused on cities; the top 100 cities attracted nearly one-quarter of global FDI capital investment and job creation in 2017.

To understand how cities are performing in attracting FDI, the new City FDI Performance Index is based on an econometric model which predicts the volume of FDI each city in the world should attract based on its GDP and population fundamentals. The index identifies which cities are overperforming in attracting FDI and which are underperforming.

The City FDI Performance Index has been published for the 50 leading cities for FDI in 2017. Dubai and Singapore top the global rankings - both cities attract 4-5x more FDI than would be expected. The Index also shows over time which cities are improving their performance. In 2017, Edinburgh, Sofia, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Amsterdam had the biggest increase in their FDI Performance Index.

The Index measures how cities are performing in attracting FDI and will be updated annually. The Investing in an Urban World report provides open-access to the statistical model used to build the Index allowing any city in the world to quickly calculate how much FDI they should, on average, attract based on their population and GDP.

For further information on the Index, please contact us

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WAVTEQ is a pioneering data, technology and consulting company with a mission statement to make the global FDI market more efficient by connecting companies with locations worldwide and encourage sustainable investment through our lead generation and research services.

We have worked with over 300 investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and economic development organizations (EDOs) providing data and technology solutions and lead generation, strategy, marketing and training services to attract inward investment. Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) and site selection firms also subscribe to our data products to inform corporate location decisions.

WAVTEQ was established in Hong Kong in 2010 and has grown rapidly to become the largest FDI consulting team in the industry with 75 specialist FDI consultants in 10 countries (Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Spain, UK, and USA). Nearly two thirds of companies that have invested overseas in the last 15 years are headquartered in these countries. Our offices are ideally located to effectively target over 85% of companies worldwide currently considering FDI.

WAVTEQ is the world's leading developer of FDI databases and tools and is at the forefront of knowledge on FDI and investment promotion (see WAVTEQ is also the exclusive consulting, technology and sales partner of fDi Intelligence, Financial Times Ltd.