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Essel Group director aims to make Mumbai's citizens streetsmart

Essel Group president of cities and strategy Guy Perry is hoping to reproduce lessons from a successful Warsaw development in Mumbai, to create ‘smart’ neighbourhoods and change people’s attitudes in the process.

View from Asia: all hands on deck to keep Asian economy from sinking

While Asia is doing well in the short term, the IMF predicts storms on the horizon. But disaster can be averted if everyone involved in the economic chain pulls together, says Lawrence Yeo.

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Work visas versus protectionism: the winners and losers

As global business takes stock of Brexit and headline-grabbing US policy decisions, working visas are ripe for reform. Some countries are already benefiting, as Erika Morphy reports.

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Will new BIT model dent India's FDI attractiveness?

India has discontinued most of its existing bilateral investment treaties and wants to pursue a new model offering less protection to foreign investors and reasserting the supremacy of Indian courts over international arbitration courts. Jacopo Dettoni and Timothy Conley look at the impact this might have on the country's FDI appeal.  

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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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Japan's Tohoku region uses FDI to rebuild and reboot

Disaster-hit areas in Japan’s Tohoku region are slowly recovering as basic infrastructure is being restored. The focus is now shifting on a combination of start-ups, tourism and innovative sectors such as robotics to reengineer local economies, 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. 

South Korea’s new president promises job growth and corporate governance reform

Newly elected South Korea President Moon Jae-in must overcome formidable opposition if he is to deliver on his campaign promises of job creation, support for SMEs and corporate governance reform. Natasha Turak reports.

Sri Lanka retains most diversified island economy crown

The second annual fDi Diversification Index for Island Economies has again determined those locations that have the most diversified greenfield foreign investment portfolio. Sri Lanka and New Zealand remain in the top spots, while the Dominican Republic rises to third place. Cathy Mullan reports.

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fDi’s Island Economies of the Future 2017/18 – Sri Lanka takes the summit

Sri Lanka has been named fDi’s Island Economy of the Future for 2017/18, with Cyprus and the Dominican Republic ranking second and third. Cathy Mullan reports.

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