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InvestChile portfolio closes the first half-year with a 22% increase in the number of projects and 49% in potential jobs

  • “This is occurring in a context where the global economic situation has made it extremely challenging to attract capital,” said InvestChile Director Karla Flores.

InvestChile, Chile’s Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, closed the first half of 2022 with a total of 453 projects in its portfolio, which meant a 22% increase over the 372 initiatives registered in June 2021. Likewise, the projects managed by the agency entail a total of 17,578 potential jobs, 49% more than for those registered during the same period last year (11,803 jobs).

InvestChile Director Karla Flores highlighted the growth in the number of projects, which has reversed the 22% drop recorded in the first half of 2021. “This is occurring in a context in which the global economic situation has made it extremely challenging to attract capital and it reveals the interest being shown by foreign companies to develop their projects in Chile. The work of the InvestChile team also plays a fundamental role in detecting, attracting and developing these initiatives,” explained Flores.

In terms of numbers, the InvestChile Portfolio – which includes investment projects in different stages of development – reached US$24.8 billion, a 3.3% increase over the same period last year.

In terms of specific sectors, energy once again led the portfolio, with 51 projects valued at US$10.8 billion; followed by the global services and technology sectors, with US$5.6 billion; and mining and mining suppliers, with US$3.9 billion. When analyzing the sectors that grew the most in numbers, in energy we can see a predominance of solar and wind energy projects, while global services reveals a predominance of projects related to data centers and IT outsourcing.

In terms of the main countries present in the project portfolio, China heads the list, with 28 projects that total US$7 billion. The United States ranks second with initiatives for US$3.7 billion, and Ireland comes third, with projects totaling US$2.3 billion at the close of the first half of this year.

Among the companies with projects supported by InvestChile are notables such as Amazon Web Services (United States), Sinovac (China), Microsoft (United States), Citibank (United States), China Railway Construction Corporation (China), ODATA (Brazil), and Scala Data Center (Brazil).