Global cross-border investment rose to $1,306 bn in 2006 a report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development said yesterday. The Times. Financial Times

The 2006 total is the strongest flow of foreign direct investment since 2000.

‘Unctad expects the FDI figures to be even higher in 2007 than in 2006,’ said Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the agency.

The US was the leading host country for FDI last year, followed by Britain and France.