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Courtney Fingar

Inside fDi: now there's no excuse for being absent in Africa

'Africa's potential' remains a talking point at investment conferences all over the world. But the talk has to be backed with action, says Courtney Fingar, and with comprehensive data now available to guide would-be investors through the continent, Africa need no longer be off limits.

Courtney Fingar

Inside fDi: the FDI route to emerging faster

As the figures in the recently released fDi Report show, the FDI fortunes of developing countries vary from country to country and region to region. However, as Courtney Fingar points out, the universal lesson to be learned is that a period of hardship is not the time to cut an investment promotion budget.

Inside fDi: reports of FDI's decline are (sadly) not exaggerated

After a brief flurry of optimism on the back of 2013's figures, the FDI data for 2014 is a more sedate affair, as shown in the findings of the 2015 fDi Report. And, laments Courtney Fingar, those yearning for a return to the heady days of the pre-crisis years may well have a wait on their hands.

Inside fDi: the best laid plans that crumble or soar

The dreams and ambitions of cities and their development teams are laid out for all to see at the annual Mipim conference. Some will succeed, some will fail, and others still may even confound the predictions of Courtney Fingar...

Inside fDi: a decade of politicians, jetlag and toilet paper

Ten years of editing fDi Magazine has been a blur of international flights, war zones, barely memorable politicians and Grammy-award worthy karaoke for Courtney Fingar. But what lingers the longest in the mind is a visit to an Italian toilet paper factory... 

Inside fDi: the universal truths of investment

The mighty mixed with the minute at the inaugural fDi Forum in September, as corporates of all shapes and sizes discovered that crossborder expansion strategies look pretty similar whether you are a tech start-up or a manufacturing multinational.

Inside fDi: a match made in fDi location benchmarks

The parallels between choosing where to invest and where to get married are many, as Courtney Fingar has discovered when drawing up a location analysis regarding where to hold her ceremony. The universal truth seems to be that regardless of the match being made, convenience and familiarity are hard to beat

Inside fDi: Is global FDI ready to bloom?

After a period of gloomy forecasts, the green shoots of recovery are appearing in FDI figures from around the world, according to the recently published fDi Report 2014. Courtney Fingar assesses the drivers behind this sunnier picture, and which locations look set to thrive.

Inside fDi: The crying shame of Crimea

Looking on as events have unfolded in Crimea has been hard for self-confessed fan of all things Ukrainian Courtney Fingar. And while the FDI implications of the unrest in the country will be assessed through cold, hard facts in the coming months and years, the emotional impact is a different matter altogether.

Inside fDi: Why cities should dress for success

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.

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