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Economic freedoms in decline in some regions: Heritage Foundation

According to the latest Index of Economic Freedom, compiled by US-based conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and newspaper The Wall Street Journal, a number of countries, particularly those in the Middle East, saw economic freedoms decline compared with last year.

Bio International Convention

Bio International Convention: the battle for bio heats up

This year's Bio International Convention attracted more than 15,000 attendees, among them an army of economic developers and elected officials hoping to secure investments into the sector. Michal Kaczmarski asked representatives why investors should bet on their locations and whether they see emerging markets as a source of opportunities or competition.

How to give start-ups the right kind of help

How to give start-ups the right kind of help

Many investment promotion agencies are just as keen to court start-ups as they are large multinationals, but their approach to attracting these smaller, more fragile companies may benefit from being more hands off than with their larger, established counterparts.

Standing out from the crowd at MIPIM

Mipim 2014: standing out from the crowd

Mipim, an international real estate show hosted every year in Cannes, France, brings together thousands of developers and architects, as well as city and country officials eager to court potential investors. At this year's event, Michal Kaczmarski asked representatives from Brabant, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Liverpool, Montenegro and the Chechen Republic what sets their locations apart from other destinations.

In Dispute: Romania ruling asks new questions of the EU

A ruling by World Bank arbitrators in favour of a group of Swedish investors over Romania looks set to cause ructions within the EU's corridors of power.

Breaking down borders in investment promotion

Breaking down borders in investment promotion

The competitive nature of investment promotion means that border cities still view their neighbours as rivals when it comes to investment promotion. But a handful of European border cities are bucking this trend.

Nordic M&A activity up in 2012

In 2012, merger and acquisition activity in the Nordic region experienced significant levels of growth, while in western Europe activity declined by almost the same amount.

Stockholm makes its mark as a creative hub

Stockholm makes its mark as a creative hub

Stockholm's relatively small size seems to have worked in its favour when it comes to the city's ambitions to be considered one of Europe's creative hubs. The effect of its creative professionals working in such close proximity has seen the Swedish capital produce an output that is more than the sum of its parts.

Switzerland leads WEF competitiveness ranking

The World Economic Forum has placed Switzerland at the top of its competitiveness index, citing the country's level of innovation, efficient labour market and sophisticated business sector as its key attributes.

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Have IPAs finally grown to love social media?

While most investment promotion agencies are yet to define a social media strategy, there is almost unanimous agreement that such a strategy can prove key to investment promotion efforts.

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