China, the UK and Germany emerged as the most attractive locations for investors in a survey by US-based location marketing firm, Development Counsellors International.
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US-based law firm Blank Rome has identified the US as the leading destination for the increasing levels of FDI flowing out of China.
Part of China's shift away from manufacturing and towards more value-added sectors has seen it focus more on innovation and design. With an exponential rise in the number of Chinese students taking creative arts courses and a record number of design patents registered in recent years, it seems as if the country's creative juices are really starting to flow.
Global instability is nothing new, but the past few years have seen numerous flashpoints come to the fore around the world. This leaves many companies in a quandary over whether to stay in an unsettled location, how to insure themselves, and how to keep the locals on side should they choose to stay put.
A recent survey of UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises found that such companies view the Chinese market as the most promising source of future growth.
Special economic zones (SEZs) alone are not enough to attract investment. As the varied success of Asia's existing zones show, and as is the case outside of such regions, governments have to be accommodating and incentivise foreign investors before they can reap the rewards of FDI.
A bi-annual survey of northern European investors, conducted by Scandinavian bank SEB, found that, despite a slight dip in investor sentiment, companies were largely still pursuing their long-term growth plans in China.
The annual report for 2014 from Unctad was positive about FDI inflows but warned of unequal economic prosperity between developed and developing countries.
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