Definition: Multi-territory enterprise

Foreign direct investment

A multi-territory enterprise is an enterprise operating as a seamless operation over more than one economic territory. Such an enterprise, even though it has substantial activity in more than one economic territory, cannot be separated into a parent and branch(es) because it is run as a seamless operation and cannot supply separate accounts for each territory. Multi-territory enterprises are typically involved in cross-border activities and include shipping lines, airlines, hydroelectric schemes on border rivers, pipelines, bridges, tunnels, and undersea cables. Some non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) may also operate in this way.
Source:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment, Fourth Edition 2008", Paris, 2008
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