Capital transfer remains a central problem of the economic growth of the developing world. The disparity between the demand and supply flow of capital is at variance with humanity's global needs. Foreign aid in the form of grants to developing countries has been declining, as have been multinational enterprise investments. The foreign debt problems of seven or eight countries has caused the tightening up of bank loans as well.
In the capital-importing developing countries in 1983 as compared to 1981, direct investment was down $5,100 million and long-term credits were down $14,100 million.