Jan 4, 2012 - "It's little surprise that emerging markets fare well in the rankings, considering the economic turbulence in the developed world." -- A.T. Kearney 2012 FDI Confidence Index
Sounding a note of cautious optimism, A.T. Kearney, a global management consultancy, has released their 2012 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, saying that the "prospects for near-term recovery are still shaky more than three years since the onset of the global economic crisis, and debt crises loom large." China holds on to the top spot.
China dominates the world on total public and private spending on energy-related RD&D. From 2004-2008, it spent almost USD 15 billion, compared to Brazil's USD 1.6 billion and India's USD 1.8 billion. In 2010, China represented a third of the world's public market investment in clean energy, with USD 5.9 billion, according to the World Economic Forum. In comparison, the American public market invested USD 2.9 billion, representing only 17 percent of the global total. For investors looking to make an impact in cutting-edge solutions in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and electricity transmission, distribution and storage, the lure of China's green dragon will be hard to resist, especially considering the continuing fiscal travails of Europe and the United States.