Real estate investment is thriving, with industry-watchers all over the world reporting increased demand. However, as Karen E Thuermer reports, the type of demand differs quite dramatically from country to country and region to region.
Originally established to protect the interests of foreign investors in host countries, bilateral investment treaties are coming under fire, with many countries arguing that the balance has tipped too far in favour of the investor.
Speaking at an investment conference in February, Bristol's mayor, George Ferguson, outlined his vision for making Bristol a leading investment destination in the UK.
Kuwait's new FDI law aims to facilitate investment with the creation of a body that will oversee FDI into the country, cutting time and costs for investors.
Shipping companies and US dockworkers have come to agreement after a longstanding dispute that has been felt around the world.
Figures for the last quarter of the year show that FDI into China slowed in the final few months of 2014.
After years of stagnation and regression, Vietnam's FDI environment appears to be showing signs of life.
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.
Which industrial parks are set to shine the brightest, and why? Karen E Thuermer surveys the assets of industrially focused areas within free zones around the world and explains why they are ones to watch.
Investment promotion agencies
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.
With locations around the world falling for the charms of SMEs, Michal Kaczmarski looks at the innovative ways in which IPAs are attracting and nurturing smaller business, and assesses benefits they receive as the SMEs blossom into something much more lucrative.
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