The start-up culture found in Tel Aviv boasts Barack Obama among its admirers. Indeed, the Israeli city's entrepreneurial spirit and hi-tech expertise has had multinational companies from all over the world sitting up and taking notice, as John West discovers.
The decision to move molecular diagnostics company Biocartis from Eindhoven to the small Belgian city of Mechelen could be viewed as a nostalgic one by the firm's Belgian founder, Rudi Pauwels. However, the location's tax incentives and grants have gone some way towards helping the firm to prepare for an international expansion.
Jordan is refining policies and signing international development deals to exploit its excellent conditions for solar energy projects and wind farms and its reputation for stability at the heart of one of the most turbulent parts of the world.
Business process outsourcing is fundamentally changing, and Middle Eastern and African countries are falling behind.
'Africa's potential' remains a talking point at investment conferences all over the world. But the talk has to be backed with action, says Courtney Fingar, and with comprehensive data now available to guide would-be investors through the continent, Africa need no longer be off limits.
Middle Eastern countries have dominated the ranking with United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia grabbing the top three places.
Bahrain leads the Middle East and African region in terms of FDI strategy.
Iran’s nuclear deal has put Tehran in the investment spotlight, but the government will need to address the city’s considerable structural challenges.
The new executive secretary and chief executive of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), Uju Aisha Hassan-Baba, has expressed optimism about the country's future.
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