Positive FDI inflows recorded

Malta’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows for the first half of 2013 turned positive, statistics published by the National Statistics Office show.

The positive increase in FDI inflows was mainly the result of an increase in foreign owned equity capital, which increased by €79 million in the first half of 2013. 

Furthermore, when looking at the classifications of FDI by economic activity, one notes that the manufacturing sector was the highest contributor towards the turnaround in FDI inflows in 2013. In fact, FDI flows in manufacturing, which were negative in the first half of 2012, turned positive by €39 million in 2013. Notable increases were also recorded by the transportation, accommodation and real estate sectors.

A geographical breakdown of FDI flows suggests that the largest contributors to FDI flows in Malta were the non-EU countries, which registered an inflow of €136 million in the first half of last year.