The relaxing of travel and commercial restrictions between Cuba and the US announced in 2014 has already seen a glut of international companies visiting the island, enthused by the potential of the country. But is the 'new' Cuba all it appears to be? Michael Deibert investigates.
Thailand's recently announced tax incentives for companies setting up headquarters could give a much-needed boost to the country's slowing economy. But in a region where there is already stiff competition attracting multinational corporations, succeeding in this new sector will not be easy.
Eurotorg has expanded rapidly in the past few years, growing from a small, local grocery chain into an international operation, with stores in three countries as well as an online service. Its challenge now is to maintain this momentum over the long term.
In 2014, Madrid was the most popular destination in Spain for FDI in the IT and software sectors.
City-state Singapore ranks first in the Global Opportunity Index by US-based think tank the Milken Institute, with Hong Kong and Finland ranking second and third, respectively.
Between 2011 and 2013, the number of FDI projects from France into Romania experienced year on year declines.
The global textile manufacturing industry has recorded strong year on year growth.
Warsaw has been named fDi’s Polish City of the Future 2015/16 in fDi’s inaugural ranking of cities in the country. Krakow and Poznan have come in second and third place, respectively. Cathy Mullan reports.
In the FDI Strategy category for fDi’s inaugural Global Cities of the Future ranking for 2014/15, Dubai was ranked first by a panel of judges, with Hong Kong and Copenhagen placed second and third, respectively. Cathy Mullan reports on what took these cities to the top.
Investment promotion agencies
By combining traditional FDI attraction methods with big data analytics, investment promotion agencies can be more efficient and effective in attracting new companies to their regions, according to Steven Jast of ROI Research on Investment.
The UK may attract high levels of FDI, but there is an ever greater number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) vying for this capital. To succeed in winning it, LEPs must be armed with the right expertise, a clear brand message and, of course, a distinct competitive advantage.
Many investment promotion agencies are just as keen to court start-ups as they are large multinationals, but their approach to attracting these smaller, more fragile companies may benefit from being more hands off than with their larger, established counterparts.
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