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By Sol Picciotto

This well timed e-book issues the best way in the direction of a brand new optimistic regulatory framework for overseas funding following the failure of the Multilateral contract on funding (MAI). It examines the issues in free-market options underpinning the new section of globalization, specifically drawing out the teachings from the MAI, which used to be suspended in October 1998. The authors discover an alternate in line with a good regulatory framework for foreign enterprise geared toward maximizing the optimistic contribution to improvement of international funding and minimizing its detrimental social and environmental affects. The members contain teachers, researchers for non-governmental corporations, and company and trade-union representatives, writing from a mixture of financial, criminal and political views. The booklet combines educational research with grass-roots and functional event, and indicates concrete coverage proposals.

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But not all developing countries can measure up to the exacting demands made by foreign firms. Those which do not possess these attributes, and offer either various sorts of incentives or protection from competition as a sort of a compensation for the attributes they lack, only succeed in transferring incomes from their citizens to foreign firms. One attribute of host countries which is essential for the efficient utilization of FDI is competition in product markets from locally owned firms. Such competition compels foreign firms to engage in product marketing innovations and cost-cutting exercises, and such research and development is beneficial to host countries.

1. FDI in protected industries promotes the production of goods and services in which the host countries may not possess a comparative advantage. 2. Foreign firms tend to profit from the tariff protection and earn profits over and above that which they would have made in a competitive market environment. 3. In the absence of competition from imports, and in many cases from domestic firms too, foreign firms rest content with tried and tested technologies and methods of production which may be inappropriate to the factor endowments and needs of the host countries.

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