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13. Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment Statistics

Table 2: Key Macroeconomic Data, U.S. FDI in Host Country/Economy

Host Country Statistical Source* USG or International Statistical Source USG or International Source of Data:
BEA; IMF; Eurostat; UNCTAD, Other
Economic Data Year Amount Year Amount
Host Country Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ($M USD) 2018 $368,500 2017 $348,872 www.worldbank.org/en/country   
Foreign Direct Investment Host Country Statistical Source* USG or International Statistical Source USG or International Source of Data:
BEA; IMF; Eurostat; UNCTAD, Other
U.S. FDI in partner country ($M USD, stock positions) 2016 $9,578 2017 $7,334 BEA 
Host country’s FDI in the United States ($M USD, stock positions) 2016 $6,683 2017 $4,117 BEA 
Total inbound stock of FDI as % host GDP 2016 43.1% 2017 47.2% UNCTAD

* Statistics South Africa (STATS SA) www.statssa.gov.za


Table 3: Sources and Destination of FDI

Direct Investment from/in Counterpart Economy Data
From Top Five Sources/To Top Five Destinations (US Dollars, Millions)
Inward Direct Investment Outward Direct Investment
Total Inward $156,103 100% Total Outward $276,450 100%
United Kingdom $64,505 41.3% China $165,477 59.9%
Netherlands $28,075 18% United Kingdom $24,334 8.8%
United States $10,459 6.7% Mauritius $11,422 4.1%
Germany $7,623 4.9% Australia $8,840 3.2%
China $7,290 4.7% United States $7,872 2.8%
“0” reflects amounts rounded to +/- USD 500,000.


Table 4: Sources of Portfolio Investment

Portfolio Investment Assets
Top Five Partners (Millions, US Dollars)
Total Equity Securities Total Debt Securities
All Countries $167,005  100% All Countries $157,749 100% All Countries $9,255 100%
United Kingdom $61,226 36.7% United Kingdom $59,434 37.7% United States $2,169 23.4%
Ireland $26,485 15.8% Ireland $24,926 15.8% United Kingdom $1,792 19.4%
United States $20,676 12.4% United States $18,507 11.7% Ireland $1,559 16.8%
Luxembourg $15,761 9.4% Luxembourg $15,153 9.6% Italy $691 7.5%
Bermuda $9,491 5.7% Bermuda $9,491 6.0% Luxembourg $609 6.6%
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