Eduard East

Narva mayor looks to exploit outsider advantage

The Estonian city of Narva shares a border with Russia and has a population that is predominantly Russian-speaking – making it something of an outsider within Estonia. However, newly elected mayor Eduard East tells fDi that he intends to turn this into an advantage by courting Russian investment to revive local industries, while at the same time raising the city's international visibility.

Scotland makes room

Scotland hotel industry set for year in the spotlight

Scotland's already impressive tourist numbers will rise further still in 2014 as the country hosts the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup. Its hotel industry is well prepared to cope with this influx of visitors.

Is it time to heed Cubas call for investment

Is it time to heed Cuba's call for investment?

Cuba offers tempting investment potential and has made recent advances to attract FDI. But, says William A Wilson III, various obstacles to foreign investment remain, meaning only the most adventurous of companies should consider investing in the country. 

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UAE FDI makes recovery in 2014

Following a downturn in 2013, FDI into the United Arab Emirates has experienced a resurgence in the first two months of 2014.

Kazakhstan records FDI growth in 2013

FDI in Kazakhstan was up in 2013, compared with 2012.

Asia-Pacific's alternative energy sector stages recovery

After four successive years of declining investment, figures from 2013 show a recovery in Asia-Pacific's alternative energy sector.

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South American States of the Future

South American States of the Future 2014/15

São Paulo has been declared the winner in fDi’s South American States of the Future 2014/15 ranking with Metropolitana de Santiago and Rio de Janeiro following in second and third places. Cathy McReynolds reports.

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European Cities and Regions of the Future 2014/15

London has retained its position as fDi’s European City of the Future 2014/15, while Germany’s Nordrhein-Westfalen has sailed to the top to rank first among Europe’s regions. 

Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2013

Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2013/14

Hong Kong has been crowned fDi’s Asia-Pacific City of the Future, with Singapore and Beijing taking second and third places.

Investment promotion agencies

Travel money

Travel money: where are investments in the tourism industry going?

Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, attracting high levels of investment and creating millions of jobs. But what does it take to become a tourist hub, and is big investment alone enough to attract a mass influx of visitors?

IPAs taking their eyes off the tourism prize

IPAs taking their eyes off the tourism prize

Targeting sectors is widely considered good practice among investment promotion agencies, but a World Bank study shows that many claims of sector prioritisation in the tourism sector are hollow, as a worrying number of IPAs lack any real expertise in the sector.

Why IPAs must hone their customer service
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Why IPAs must hone their service

In a sluggish global economy, government investment promotion agencies should be jockeying for the attention of scarce investors. Instead, almost 80% ignore investor requests for help, according to a World Bank study.

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