Japan has a long history of investing in Canada, a trend that is showing no sign of slowing thanks in no small part to recent activity from companies such as Honda, Japan Petroleum Exploration and Muji.
With the hosting of large, international events leading to palpable increases in foreign investment in a handful of cities across Europe, more and more locations are keen to replicate this success and are working on developing their reputations in the trade events space.
For more than a decade, the Medical University of Lublin has been attracting foreign students to the city with its English-language medical degrees. Now, the rest of Lublin's medical sector is catching on to the idea of targeting foreign customers, and the city is positioning itself as a medical tourism hub.
After months of political wrangling, India has finally passed its Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2015, raising the FDI limit in the sector to 49%.
China lowered its 2015 growth projections to “around 7 percent” on 5 March - the slowest rate in 24 years - amid fears that a slowdown in the Asian powerhouse could dampen economic ties with Africa.
Egypt’s iconic Suez Canal is getting an upgrade - and the Egyptian people are footing the bill. The canal, which cuts from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and is one of the great axes of global trade, and is a point of national pride for Egyptians. Egypt’s cash strapped government is capitalising on this sense of national ownership in order to fund the first stage of the project through the sale of investment certificates.
Inward FDI into Mozambique has shown year-on-year growth between 2009 and 2014.
Figures for the last quarter of the year show that FDI into China slowed in the final few months of 2014.
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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