Investments in the Service Sector: Nature and Experience
Multinational enterprises generally have directed an increasing share of their investments to the tertiary, services sector and, as latecomers, the Comecon countries have mirrored this global trend in the structure of their own foreign investments. Direct engagement in a variety of services abroad, especially in the OECD economies, has been a major Comecon objective for multinational enterprise. This chapter will look more closely at these investments, attempting in particular to assess to what extent the multinational operations of Comecon state enterprises have in practice approached the policy objectives set for them in this area.
KeywordsForeign Direct Investment Foreign Investment Foreign Trade Multinational Enterprise Foreign Banking
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