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Where now for state-owned MNEs?

State-owned multinational enterprises accounted for 9% of global FDI between 2011 and 2016. But their global footprint raises questions about their political influence. Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

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How FTAs are manoeuvring around a Trump-led US

With US participation in free-trade agreements shrouded in confusion, countries around the world are looking to form their own deals with each other, such as the proposed Asia-focused RCEP. Philippa Maister reports.

Latest Middle East & Africa articles

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What could Kurdistan independence mean for FDI?

Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in September’s referendum, though neither Baghdad nor the international community recognised the outcome. Now all parties are bracing themselves for challenging negotiations with the future of the region’s oil resources at stake. Jacopo Dettoni reports.

Qatar crisis forces investors to rethink Gulf risk

The ongoing crisis surrounding Qatar, in which a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia are enforcing a blockade, is a worrying development for investors in the Gulf. Jacopo Dettoni looks at the options available to them.

Latest Asia-Pacific articles

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China and IP ownership: a risk worth taking?

China's record for not recognising intellectual property ownership is a concern for many foreign companies doing business there. But staying away from such a vast market is not an option for an ambitious global player. Erika Morphy looks into ways of avoiding IP pitfalls when doing business in the country.

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China searches for silver lining to international cloud expansion

Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Huawei and Tencent have emerged as major investors in cloud computing infrastructure. But they will have to overcome a technological, as well as reputational, gap to compete with their US peers, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.

Latest Europe articles

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Frankfurt (Oder) makes the most of its connections

Frankfurt (Oder) enjoys a favourable strategic location, within close proximity to Berlin and with access to both the German and Polish markets. Natasha Turak looks at how this makes the small city unique when it comes to attracting investment.

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Lviv's growing pains: why Ukraine's star city is eyeing decentralisation

Lviv in western Ukraine is a tourism hub, enjoys close proximity to the EU border, is a haven for SMEs, and is less reliant upon politically connected oligarch families than its domestic peers. However, it is struggling to break the shackles imposed by central government, as Yuri Bender discovers.

Latest Americas articles

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Success sees Santander Free Trade Zone make growing plans

Colombia’s Santander Free Zone is benefiting from its excellent logistics and good supply of graduates, while its ability to attract international initiatives in life sciences and medical services also means it is outpacing the national performance.

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Nafta negotiators' race against time

Negotiators at the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks in Canada will have a tough job to cut a deal before Mexican elections and US mid-terms take place in 2018. Erika Morphy reports.

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