The reason for FDI inflow decline is that many companies scaled back their expansion plans due to global financial crisis. Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony, for instance, has been one of those belonging to this group. Other projects have been put on hold by hesitant firms facing uncertain times. Yet, there were a few significant large investments announced. For example, Bratislava-based plant of Volkswagen announced expansion worth €300 million last year.
Sario officials say that 2009 could witness resumption in FDI flows thanks to the Slovak adoption of common currency Euro as of January 1 this year. The agency is currently working on 122 projects bringing potentially more than € 2 billion of capital into the country. Five of the projects exceed € 300 million in value.