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BELGIUM TRADE AND INVESTMENT STATISTICAL NOTE

International trade, foreign direct investment and global value chains

 International trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) are the main defining features and key drivers of global value chains (GVCs). However, despite their strong complementarities, the two flows are typically presented and treated separately in the statistical information system. Drawing on new and improved measures of trade and investment, this country note provides relevant statistical information from OECD databases on trade, investment, the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and global value chains (TiVA). It sheds new light on the trade-investment nexus by highlighting the interrelationships between trade and FDI, their economic impact in the context of GVCs, and the role of MNEs as the main directors of these flows. The data are as of 1 May 2017. More information and country notes are available at www.oecd.org/investment/tradeinvestment-gvc.htm.

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