Ireland top again for quality of FDI projects – IBM Global Location Trends report

Ireland has been ranked the top destination for added value of foreign direct investment (FDI) programmes in the IBM Global Location Trends report for the second year in a row.

Ireland has also been placed fourth by estimated jobs per million inhabitants from FDI, behind Serbia, Singapore and Hungary. Meanwhile, Dublin is ranked ninth of destination cities for FDI based on projects won, up from 14th in last year’s report.

According to the report, for most countries it is not just the number of jobs created that is of interest, but also the type of investment projects and their value to the economy. “Comparing countries on what projects are attracted, and not just the number of jobs, is therefore an increasingly important metric for gauging inward investment performance. To this end, IBM-Plant Location International has developed an FDI value indicator that assigns a value to each investment project, depending on the sector and the type of business activity, and assesses the added value and knowledge intensity of the jobs created by the investment project.

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