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World Free Zones Organization chairman sees strength in certainty

On the sidelines of the World Free Zones Organization’s annual conference in May in Colombia, chairman Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni sat down with Courtney Fingar to discuss the challenges and trends facing free zones, and laud their ability to offer investors certainty in times of turbulence.

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A little local knowledge sees Ulmart sweep Russian e-commerce market

Ulmart – Russia's equivalent of Amazon – is dominant in its home market, where it is active in more than 240 cities. And through its digital strategy, which among other innovations sees it accept payment in Bitcoin, the company looks set to stay ahead of the international field.

Latest Middle East & Africa articles

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Foreign minister looks to put Somaliland on FDI map

Saad Ali Shire, the foreign minister of 'de facto state' Somaliland, tells Timothy Conley about the difficulties of attracting investment to a country not recognised by the UN. However, deals with the likes of the UAE and Ethiopia, and FDI from Coca-Cola and DP World, show what can be achieved. 

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Saudi Arabia investment minister seeks Vision 2030 boost

Saudi Arabia’s minister for commerce and investment, Dr Majed Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, is keen to revitalise the country’s FDI offering through its Vision 2030 programme. He tells Karen E Thuermer how initiatives such as a new
entertainment city and improved corporate laws will help plug its budget deficit

Latest Asia-Pacific articles

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Yokohama sets the sustainable standard across Asia

The Japanese city of Yokohama experienced a population boom after the Second World War that meant it had to take an innovative and collaborative approach to sustainable urban development. It is now exporting this know-how to the rest of Asia, as Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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Asian Development Bank meeting 2017: addressing age-old problems

Opportunities and challenges brought about by economic growth across Asia, as well as the demographic timebomb the continent faces, dominated the 2017 Asian Development Bank annual meetings in Yokohama on May 4 to May 7. Jacopo Dettoni fleshed out the main topics with some key speakers. 

Latest Europe articles

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France strikes back: optimism abounds as Macron takes the helm

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory brought equal measures of relief and optimism in France, for keeping the far right at bay and pledging economic growth. But the necessary reforms will entail taking on the powerful unions, which could test the new president’s popularity – and resolve – to the limit. Natasha Turak reports.

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Brexit, the UK and FDI: one year on

FDI into the UK has dropped in the year since the Brexit referendum. Jacopo Dettoni assesses how foreign and outward-looking domestic businesses are coping with the uncertainty that the vote has created.

Latest Americas articles

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El Salvador urges investors to think again

As president Salvador Sánchez Cerén tackles El Salvador's twin threats of crime and financial distress, the government is rebranding the country in an effort to improve investor perceptions. Jacopo Dettoni looks at how this policy is faring.

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Is it Detroit's time again?

The post-industrial US city of Detroit might not seem like an obvious winner in the site-selection stakes, but luxury goods manufacturer Shinola is reaping the benefits of locating in the former Motor City. Natasha Turak reports.

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