Press Release 01 Dec 2013

Thursday 12th December 2013 - IDA Ireland today welcomed the results of the IBM 2013 Global Location Trends Report which ranks Ireland:

  •     First in the world for inward investment by quality and value
  •     First in Europe for the number of investment jobs per capita
  •     Second globally for the number of investment jobs per capita

The ‘Global Location Trends’ Report is an annual report which analyses and outlines the key trends in corporate location selection and foreign investment.  The data is derived from IBM's Global Investment Locations Database (GILD) which tracks announcements by companies on their location decisions throughout the year.

Following on from the recent Forbes survey which ranks Ireland as the best place in the world to do business, this report solidifies Ireland’s global position as a key location for quality FDI investment from leading international companies.

An FDI value indicator, developed by IBM-Plant Location International assigns a value to each investment project, depending on sector and type of business activity. This value indicator assesses the added value and knowledge intensity of the jobs created by the investment project.

Welcoming the report Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, “I am pleased to see Ireland continuing to be the top performer in the world for quality and value of investment, resulting from Ireland’s success in attracting research and development (R&D) activities in life sciences and ICT coupled with high value investment in financial services.  Ireland continues to benefit from its highly competitive business environment and sectoral strengths”

“Ireland’s ranking as a leading destination for inward investment in Europe highlights our attractiveness for companies considering a location for their FDI operations. This survey reminds us of the international and highly competitive nature of FDI.   The IDA’s global team will pursue FDI opportunities vigorously in 2014 to ensure we achieve the goals and targets as outlined in ‘Horizon 2020’

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IDA Press Office – 01 6034226

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