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Bostjan Skalar

Waipa chief calls for focus on sustainable development goals

Waipa's newly appointed executive director, Bostjan Skalar, tells Jacopo Dettoni why developing countries must focus on priority markets and sustainable development goals in an uncertain economy.

View from Middle East and Africa: who benefits from the new Silk Road?

While the West fights to contain the Middle East, the East is gradually implementing what Forbes says “could be the largest economic scheme on the face of the earth”. 

Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy

Opening up: Oman's minister of commerce and industry ushers in new investment age

Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Oman's minister of commerce and industry, tells Natasha Turak how the country's new investment law will open it up to foreign investors, and make it an easier and faster location in which to do business.

Can diversification save Oman

Can diversification save Oman?

Oman is responding to falling oil prices with a plan to shift its economic focus to alternative revenue streams, not least its thriving tourism industry, as Natasha Turak discovers at the 2016 Economic Forum.

China's Tencent targets Africa with WeChat mobile wallet in tie up with Standard Bank

Chinese technology giant Tencent has tied up with South African bank Standard Bank to use its infrastructure to create pan-African mobile payment service available through WeChat Wallet.

Iran’s legislative elections bode well for economic reforms

Iran hopes re-election mandate given to moderate leader Hassan Rouhani underpins the faith of foreign investors, but more reforms are needed to persuade international business observers. 

Unwto confident of recovery in Egypt’s tourism sector

Egypt's tourism sector is on track to recover following a series of setbacks in 2015, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation's secretary-general.

North Africa fails to regain lost ground in 2015

While project numbers are increasing in north Africa, they are increasing more quickly in the rest of the continent.

View from the Middle East and Africa: the great tourist search

Tourism is one of the sectors Middle Eastern and African governments are looking to to diversify their economies in the wake of the huge drop in oil prices. However, overcoming the region's global reputation for instability and crime is a challenge for many countries.

BLM-NairobiFinDist

Can Africa build the ICT infrastructure it needs to fulfil its potential?

Africa's vast market and young population present a huge opportunity for investors, but its poor ICT infrastructure is one factor holding the continent back. A flurry of new projects are helping to resolve this issue – by improving Africa's connectivity and helping to train its youth – but is progress being made quickly enough?

fDi on Location: Ras Al Khaimah

 

Ras Al Khaimah, is leveraging its location in the heart of one of the world’s top growth regions to become a magnet for both companies and tourists. fDi Magazine's editor-in-chief Courtney Fingar explores opportunities RAK has to offer.

fDi On Location: Sharjah

 

The third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah, has to date kept a much lower profile than its better-known neighbours Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But that may soon be changing, as Sharjah sets out to raise its visibility on the world stage and to promote its strengths. 

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