Foreign direct investment in Nicaragua fell by more than 53% in 2018 compared to the previous year, largely due to the socio-political tension triggered by a harsh crackdown on student protestors in the country.

According to data released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Nicaragua received barely U$359 million in FDI during the year.

The only regional countries that performed worse than Nicaragua in terms of foreign investment are Venezuela and Bolivia. Considering the report, foreign inflows decreased by more than US$350 million dollars, Nearshore Americas reports.