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.
Inspired by the shale revolution in the US, a rising number of firms are looking to profit from the untapped energy potential in other countries, turning typically unattractive investment destinations, such as Tajikistan and Iran, into potentially lucrative markets.
Following a downturn in 2013, FDI into the United Arab Emirates has experienced a resurgence in the first two months of 2014.
FDI in Kazakhstan was up in 2013, compared with 2012.
After four successive years of declining investment, figures from 2013 show a recovery in Asia-Pacific's alternative energy sector.
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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?
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.
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