St Kitts & Nevis Leads the Region with FDI per Capita

What’s the Caribbean’s foreign investment capital?

To put it another way, which Caribbean country brings in the most foreign investment?

We took a look at the most recent Foreign Direct Investment report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

But the raw numbers don’t tell much of a story.

So in order to better evaluate the ability of each country to bring in foreign investment, we looked at foreign direct investment inflows in relation to population and created a new metric FDI per Capita: that is — how much FDI does each Caribbean country bring in per capita?

The answers led to a very different ranking, with St Kitts and Nevis at the top.

The Caribbean’s smallest sovereign country brought in $120 million in FDI last year, or about $2,214 per citizen. That was followed by Antigua and Barbuda, which brought in $167 million last year and about $1,855 per citizen.

The lowest FDI/capita countries were the Dominican Republic, at $212.40 per citizen, Haiti, with $9.59 per citizen and Suriname, $7.42 per citizen.

See the full table below (population is based on 2013 estimates).