Annual real estate fair Mipim showcases hot investment cities from around the world. But it is also an opportunity for smaller cities and towns to make themselves known. Courtney Fingar and Michal Kaczmarski talk to representatives from locations in Serbia, Poland and Norway about their strategies to stand out from the crowd.
The distinctly different cities of Rouen and Calais in northern France are working to improve their investment climates, with a focus on transport and logistics infrastructure.
Romania’s new president, Klaus Iohannis, is leading a huge crackdown on corruption. While this move has been welcomed by investors and politicians, there are still numerous hurdles for the country to clear, including implementing proposals for fiscal reforms designed to boost growth and benefit business. Polly Botsford reports.
Manufacturing is the single largest business activity to attract FDI into Romania and has seen significant modernisation not only of legacy equipment and processes but also of attitudes. Investors believe, however, the country needs greater overall predictability and transparency.
Edinburgh's global reputation as an innovative city has been enhanced in recent years by a number of digital and financial technology companies either launching within its boundaries or choosing to locate there. Natasha Turak looks at the secrets behind the Scottish capital's success.
With increasing demand for IT storage, the data centre industry is growing fast and seeking out locations in cold climates that offer cheap, renewable energy and a reliable power supply – all attributes northern Europe possesses in abundance.
Cyprus has made a strong show of confidence in its economy by removing its capital controls.
With its two closest neighbours on the brink of war and its largest economic partner suffering a downturn, Belarus has found itself in a delicate situation over the past 14 months. Government officials in Minsk tell Courtney Fingar how the country intends to navigate its difficult new path.
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