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The US under Trump: worth the risk?

The shockwaves caused by Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections are still being felt on a global scale, with foreign investors now having to reconsider the country’s risk profile. Philippa Maister assesses the situation.

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The fourth coming: how Industry 4.0 will transform the world

The next generation of manufacturing, Industry 4.0, combines mass data collection and analysis with enhanced connectivity to improve production processes in everything from aircraft to robotics, and smart cars to orthopaedic equipment. Karen E Thuermer reports on the global joint initiatives it is sparking.

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DMCC Free Zone executive director focuses on the ease of doing business

Besides fulfilling the usual criteria of infrastructure, stability and expansion opportunities, Dubai’s DMCC Free Zone also offers investors a dispute resolution service as well as pioneering the use of electronic signatures to ease business pressures. The zone's executive director, Krysta Fox, talks to Courtney Fingar.

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Why Chinese investment remains crucial to resource-rich Africa

China’s willingness to invest in mining in politically unstable, high-risk African countries could help the continent make the most of the slight rebound in commodity prices. Finbarr Toesland reports.

Latest Asia-Pacific articles

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Guangzhou vice-mayor calm over keeping US investors keen

Amid increased uncertainty over the future of US-China trade, Guangzhou is continuing to pull in investment from major North American companies. The city's vice-mayor, Cai Chaolin, tells Karen E Thuermer why he attributes this to a focus on cultivating sophisticated and hi-tech industries.

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The race to become Asia's Silicon Valley

Numerous countries throughout Asia are embracing the start-up culture and hoping to win themselves the tag of 'Asia's Silicon Valley'. Jacopo Dettoni looks at the contenders and assesses the hurdles they face in emulating the famous Californian cluster.

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Florence mayor uses local knowledge to keep electorate's faith

Politics may be in turmoil throughout much of the Western world, but in Italy voters still have faith in their directly elected city officials as they have the power to effect change on a local level, according to the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella. He talks to Courtney Fingar about his new urban plan.

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Montenegro tourism minister looks to maintain high-end destination status

Montenegro's status as a high-end holiday destination has grown rapidly over the past decade. The country's minister of sustainable development and tourism, Pavle Radulović, tells Courtney Fingar how it is now seeking 'the right kind of foreign investor' to bolster its hotel offering and potentially improve the service offered by its airports.

Latest Americas articles

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Mexico deputy economy minister rules out trade restrictions in Nafta negotiations

Mexico will not accept US limitations in the form of tariffs or quantitative managed trade schemes, deputy economy minister Juan Carlos Baker tells Jacopo Dettoni. There might be room to review the rule of origin – but only if this strengthens regional value chains.  

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines PM looks to prove point with airport opening

The prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, ruffled numerous feathers with his plans for an international airport on the small island nation. He talks to Courtney Fingar about the benefits the newly opened project will bring.

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