The United States’ foreign investment bureau said in April that America had started selling interests in 10 countries to foreign investors: in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Mauritius, Switzerland, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe and Dominican Republic. The bureau also pointed to “a solid pipeline of other inquiries from a variety of countries, including Colombia, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and the United Kingdom.”
According to the Bureau for International Investment, there are currently 10 countries in which the United States lists its investment interest as “owned.” Another 12, including Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Switzerland, South Africa, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others, have displayed interest in registering their interest in the U.S. International Investment and Trade Act. There are another dozen with “interested” or “possible” interest.
“We’re still on the message that we’re adding people here, and we’re selling here,” said Amer Lavallati, director of the bureau.
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According to the bureau, there were 3,713 overseas business establishments reporting sales activity of foreign direct investment and other forms of third-party investment in the United States in 2016. About 56,500 investments — representing an estimated $50 billion in capital investment — came from America’s large trading partners. China, the leading destination for investment from the United States in 2016, accounted for 7.8 percent of total American foreign direct investment, and Mexico, at 4.1 percent, came in second, the bureau said.
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