Investment in physical plant, machinery and buildings helps make workers more productive and is a way of embodying new technology in the production process. The overall investment climate depends on a number of factors, such as the availability of finance, macroeconomic stability and the existence of sufficiently skilled workers to utilise the equipment effectively. In recent years, information and communication technology has emerged as an increasingly important type of investment, which embodies improved technology and facilitates organisational or process change. 

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