fDi’s inaugural ranking of Ibero-American FDI shows São Paulo and Bogotá are the lead cities for inward investment, while Madrid and Barcelona are the top source locations.
Arkadiusz Bak of Poland’s ministry of economy explains why some of the country’s smaller cities should not be overlooked by foreign investors, but stresses that these locations also have to take a more proactive approach to FDI.
With many of the big global cities struggling with infrastructure problems, rising wages and high office and land costs, investors are increasingly looking to smaller second- and third-tier cities in which to base themselves. But where are the emerging urban areas that are posing a threat to their larger counterparts?
Speaking at a press conference in July, Luxembourg's ambassador to the US, H E Jean-Louis Wolzfeld, discussed the topics that the country would be bringing to the fore during its six-month presidency of the EU.
The World Trade Organisation has praised the EU for its contribution to global trade and FDI flows.
US manufacturer Caterpillar has launched a media campaign aimed at ending the US-Cuba trade embargo.
Figures from the first quarter of 2015 show Dubai to be the leading destination for FDI in the United Arab Emirates.
Between 2012 and 2014 both the number of FDI projects and the capital invested in the life sciences sector in Latin America and the Caribbean has been on the rise.
Between January 2010 and December 2014, there was a global decline in FDI in new offices in the alternative and renewable energy sector.
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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