The past few recession-riddled years have seen many town and cities shy away from big property developments. However, as economies recover, along with appetites for investment, the time is ripe for the truly ambitious locations to smarten up their looks and embark on a post-crisis makeover.
The real estate sector took a pounding in 2013, with record lows forecast for foreign investment on a global scale. But on a regional level, the Asia-Pacific is seeing increased investment in the sector in what is thought to be an emerging trend.
Vast business parks with leisure and residential areas attached to airports are becoming increasingly prominent throughout Europe, driven by companies wanting fast access to international markets, and cities keen to attract these multinational firms.
Investment into Zambia increased significantly in 2013, with more capital expenditure and more projects recorded in the country.
Following a strong third quarter, FDI into South America dropped in the final quarter of 2013.
Annual FDI project numbers in the Polish alternative/renewable energy sector have not reached double figures since 2008, and just one project was recorded in the sector in 2013.
Investment promotion agencies
As European economies continue to stagnate, the continent's various investment promotion agencies are upping their efforts to attract investment from the rising BRIC economies. But how BRIC-friendly are their websites? And are they backing up their words by establishing a physical presence in these countries?
Officials across the US have found that their states' quick and efficient responses to major natural disasters serve as an effective promotion tool.
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The fDi Report 2013
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- South Korea free zones
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Pittsburgh's progress
- Chengdu leads westward charge
- Tuscany takes a new turn
- Ras Al Khaimah's desert dreams turn to reality
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