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Foreign Direct Investment New Zealand and Asia

Figure 4, below, shows how these percentages changed in the 11-year timeframe, with the US’s

investment stocks in Asia increasing from 12.5 percent to 13.9 percent, and Australia’s and the UK’s

investments declining.

16%

PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL INVESTMENT STOCK

14%

12%

10%

8%

6%

4%

2%

0%

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003

KEY UK AUSTRALIA US

Figure 4 Selected countries’ share of investment stock in Asia, 1993-2003

Source: UNCTAD

A closer look at other countries’ investments in China and India

Unfortunately there is no data available on New Zealand’s direct investments in China and India.

However, it is possible to look at the investments of the UK, the US and Australia, which may have similar

investment patterns to New Zealand’s and are the three Western countries that New Zealand most often

uses to compare its own performance.

This data reveals that between 1993 and 2003:

• the US, the UK and Australia invested less than 1 percent of their total investment stock in China

(although there was no UK data available between 1994 and 2000)

• the US and the UK invested less than 0.35 percent of their total investment stock in India. In

2003, this figure stood at about 0.2 percent.

Assuming that New Zealand had similar investment patterns to the US, the UK and Australia, this suggests

that our FDI in China and India was a very small proportion (less than half a percent) of our total

outward FDI.

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