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For­eign di­rect in­vest­ment (FDI) in­flows to South Africa to­talled only $1.8bn in 2015, the low­est level in 10 years and re­flect­ing a 69% de­cline from 2014, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est World In­vest­ment Re­port from the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Trade and De­vel­op­ment (Unc­tad). The de­cline was at­trib­ut­able to “lack­lus­tre eco­nomic per­for­mance, low com­mod­ity prices and higher elec­tric­ity costs”, Unc­tad said. Glob­ally, FDI flows reached $1.8tr last year, the high­est level since the 2008 global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Unc­tad warned that long-term cross-bor­der in­vest­ments glob­ally are ex­pected to fall by as much as 15% this year as com­pa­nies de­lay de­ci­sions be­cause of po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty, re­ported.

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