Russian Foreign Direct Investment Rises 43% in First Nine Months

Bloomberg, by Scott Rose, 23.11.2011
Russian foreign direct investment jumped 43 percent to $11.7 billion in the year through September compared with the same period a year ago, with finance, manufacturing and mining receiving the most capital.

Total foreign investment, including loans and flows into securities markets, soared 180 percent in the first nine months to $134 billion, the Federal Statistics Service in Moscow said today in an e-mailed statement.

The government expects inflows to reach between $60 billion and $70 billion soon, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in July. Exxon Mobil Corp. formed an alliance with OAO Rosneft, the country’s biggest oil producer, in August to drill in the Arctic, with the partners planning to spend an initial $3.2 billion exploring Russia’s offshore deposits.

The Kremlin set up the Russian Direct Investment Fund to co-finance international investment and last month won $1 billion in backing from China’s sovereign wealth fund, the first foreign commitment to the Russian private-equity vehicle.

The financial industry received the largest amount of investments in the first nine months, attracting $65.7 billion, followed by manufacturing and mining. The Netherlands was the largest foreign investor in the period, followed by Cyprus, Germany and the U.K.

With assistance from Zoya Shilova in Moscow. Editors: Paul Abelsky, Brad Cook