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Multinational Corporation

A corporation that maintains assets and/or operations in more than one country. A multinational corporation often has a long supply chain that may, for example, require the acquisition of raw materials in one country, a product's manufacture in a second country, and its retail sale in a third country. A multinational often globally manages its operations from a main office in its home country. Multinational corporations are controversial among groups such as environmentalists and worker advocates, who claim that multinationals exploit resources and employees. On the other hand, proponents argue that multinationals create wealth in every country where they operate, which ultimately benefits workers as well as shareholders.


Of, relating to, or being a company with subsidiaries or other operations in a number of countries. The diversity of operations of such companies subjects them to unique risks (for example, exchange rate changes or government nationalization) but at the same time offers them unique profit opportunities closed to domestic companies.
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The speakers said that Pakistan would have a special policy framework to attract more and more multinationals as they would bring foreign investment, create employment opportunities and help transfer of technology.
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Between 1980 and 1996, the amount of chemical production in developing countries rose from 11% to 18% and, French says, "much of this expansion involves joint ventures with multinational firms.
Labor should be taking on the multinationals on a worldwide scale," says Kim Moody of Labor Notes in that same issue.
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multinationals traditionally have not been as active in investing in underdeveloped countries as their European and Japanese counterparts, they are now planning to earmark a higher level of their foreign investment to these markets," stated Michael Henning, Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young International.
Economically, NAFTA is designed to enhance and protect the power of American multinationals and their exploitation of old and new markets on the continent.

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