Moulay Hafid Elalamy

Morocco's minister of industry looks to fill the China gap

Wages are on the rise in China, presenting an opportunity for other developing countries to make a play for cost-conscious investors that might have otherwise looked to China. Morocco’s minister of industry, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, tells Courtney Fingar that Morocco is firmly in the mix.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria

The African IFCs eyeing Johannesburg's crown

While Johannesburg remains way out in front when it comes to African international finance centres, competition is emerging in Casablanca, Lagos and Rwanda. And though reputational issues may dog much of the continent, it would seem that South Africa will not have everything its own way in the coming years.

Crowds in London

Is crowdfunding a new way to finance FDI?

Crowdfunding is all the rage for trendy independent movies and niche start-ups, but can the technology transfer to the more serious world of FDI? 

Scott Gegenheimer

Zain Group CEO makes long-term MENA pledge

While civil unrest in the Middle East and north Africa is making many businesses operating in the area decidedly twitchy, the CEO of Zain Group tells Barbara Njau that the telecommunications company's view that the region holds great long-term potential remains unshaken.

Africa ministers

Resilience reigns: African ministers intent on overcoming adversities

Facing challenges ranging from security threats to economic instability, ministers from Kenya, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe explain how they are working to remove barriers to future economic growth in their countries and implementing positive changes for future generations.

King Fahd Causeway

Bahrain's bid to be gateway to the Gulf

Bahrain is looking to claw back its advantage as an investor gateway to the Gulf region, targeting specific sectors that will add value to its economy and create jobs.

View from Middle East and Africa: can Africa feed the Middle East?

Middle Eastern countries are increasingly turning to African agriculture to solve their food shortages. However, concerns have been raised over the one-sidedness of these deals.

GCC FDI on course to break two-year downturn

Following two consecutive years of declining investment, FDI into the Gulf Co-operation Council appears to be making a recovery in 2014.

Putting the diaspora to work

Bringing it back home: putting the diaspora to work

A diaspora has long been an invaluable source of income to those in developing countries. But channelling this capital into public projects that will benefit the country in the long term is a difficult task, and one which only a few are experiencing notable success in.

South Africa's intellectual property developments – heading in the wrong direction?

South Africa is changing its intellectual property laws, a move that experts from research firm Pugatch Consilium argue will narrow access to medical treatments and harm the country's investment attractiveness in the pharmaceuticals sphere.

Middle East Free Zones of the Future 2011/12

Middle East Free Zones of the Future 2011/12

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