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The Impact of Infrastructure development on Foreign Direct Investment in Cameroon

Mbiankeu Nguea, Stéphane (2021): The Impact of Infrastructure development on Foreign Direct Investment in Cameroon. Forthcoming in: Economics Bulletin

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Abstract

Better access to improved infrastructure services is one of the components of a favourable investment climate for foreign investors and an important engine for sustainable economic growth. This study investigates the impact of communication, energy and transport infrastructure development on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Cameroon over the period 1984-2014. Auto Regressive Distributed Lags (ARDL) bounds test approach to cointegration has been applied to analyse the annual time series data coming from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and World Development Indicators (WDI). The results show that communication infrastructure exerts a positive and significant impact on FDI inflows. In addition, energy infrastructure reduces the volume of FDI inflows, while transport infrastructure is not relevant in attracting FDI inflows. According to these findings, this study recommends that the government of Cameroon pay further attention to improving the quality of infrastructure in order to attract more FDI.

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