Sergey Cheremin, minister in charge of international economic relations for the city of Moscow, is upbeat despite Western sanctions. The Russian capital is focusing on high-tech industries as part of a massive long-term redevelopment scheme, he tells Courtney Fingar.
The West Midlands region has a strong reputation for manufacturing, with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce among its satisfied customers. However, this cluster now faces new challenges, such as catering to advanced manufacturing demands and adjusting to a post-Brexit landscape. Jacopo Dettoni surveys the scene.
A rust-belt Soviet past, a geography that makes transporting goods expensive and the ongoing conflict with Russia are all hampering eastern Ukraine’s efforts to attract FDI. But cities such as Dnipro and Zaporizhia are committed to dispelling the old perceptions and attracting foreign investment to this resource-rich region, as Yuri Bender reports.
Known primarily as a holiday destination, Odessa is fast becoming a magnet for tech start-ups. Boasting highly skilled graduates and an entrepreneurial spirit, the port city has an ambition to become Ukraine’s San Francisco. Natasha Turak reports.
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.
For Pokrovsk in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, life goes on despite its proximity to the conflict in the country's east. The city’s priorities include changing energy supply to save money, a move enabled by the government’s decentralisation drive. Mayor Ruslan Trebushkin tells Yuri Bender why budgetary importance is so important to the city.
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.
Former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has his eyes on a new prize. While, as mayor of Kiev, his reforms to boost transparency are local, he hopes they also boost the national perception of Ukraine as a safe place to invest. Courtney Fingar reports.
Industry 4.0 is Europe’s next industrial revolution, and will be driven by digital data. But it comes with a hefty price tag, says Douglas Clark.
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