The World Investment Report 2016 is a publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It examines international production by multinational enterprises. It also details the ownership structures and control of affiliates of the said enterprises.
The report focuses on how policymakers can distinguish between "domestic" and "foreign" companies in a globalized economy. It also provides a new framework for handling ownership issues in the investment policy-making process in the 21st century.
The publication is a useful resource in ensuring that policymakers are fully equipped with information regarding the ultimate origin of investors, as required by most government policies. It concludes by giving an analysis of global trends in foreign direct investment and prospects for 2016-2018.