About Us

GDP Global Development works across all areas of economic promotion to empower our clients to secure tangible economic benefits based on international best practice. We advise on policies and strategies, provide operational support, and benchmarking and capacity building services.  We deliver those services through four business areas:

  • Strategic consulting
    We advise on optimum IPA structures, FDI promotion strategies, monitoring & evaluation, aftercare and policy advocacy.
  • Operational consulting
    We provide FDI lead generation services, advice on FDI marketing and investment facilitation services, and support for inward and outward missions.
  • Benchmarking
    We benchmark organisations, regions and sectors
  • Capacity Building
    We deliver comprehensive Public, In-house and Online Learning Programmes on trade and investment promotion.

GDP Global Development (GDP) is the leading London-based specialist consulting and training firm in International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) promotion.

Established in 1999, GDP is headquartered in London with fully owned subsidiaries in South Africa and Australia and with representations in Europe, Latin America and Africa. The depth and quality of GDP’s economic promotion consulting and capacity building is delivered by a core team of 10 expert consultants, and the GDP network of 30 associate consultants worldwide.

Our mission

We work with governments, ministries, embassies, provincial/regional and local authorities, trade and investment agencies and special economic zones to develop competitive policies, strategies, operations and performance standards and dynamic capacity. 

GDP Global supports clients to make locations more attractive and better understand and address the environment, challenges and opportunities in the field of FDI and international trade to achieve GDP growth. Much of our client work involves substantial levels of contact with international corporate investors and business intermediaries.

We are involved at all stages in the investor road map and in all areas of international economic promotion, business development and related training. Our wide international network links promotion organisations to investors and companies to governments, to sources of finance and to places. 

Beyond strategic and policy advice we provide comprehensive capacity-building and implementation support and to make sure our clients can translate our recommendations into action. In every case, we develop highly customised and pragmatic solutions that provide sustained performance improvement.

Founded in 1999

Headquarter in London with offices and representatives in Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific

17 high profile economic consultants and 20 associate local industry experts


Valued clients

We have proudly worked with clients representing ministries, national, regional, city, trade and investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, international institutions and multilateral banks.



Australia & Asia

Latin America

North America


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FDI promotion experts

GDP Global takes a holistic perspective on the complex business of inward investment attraction. We have the ability to demystify the complex world of FDI to understand the role and impact of policy vs macroeconomics, business environment, marketing, branding, sales and its challenges and opportunities that are key to economic diversification and growth.