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Loom large in life sciences
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Asian cities loom large in life sciences

Asia has been the destination for much life sciences investment since 2012, with city-state Singapore jostling with China’s Shanghai for top billing, and other regional cities appearing in the top 25.

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fDi American Cities of the Future 2017/18 – New York triumphs again

New York has once again been named fDi’s American City of the Future, topping the 2017/18 rankings, while San Francisco has held on to its second position with Houston third. Meanwhile, Canadian cities have shown most notable movement in the list, as Cathy Mullan reports. 

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fDi Reinvestment Ranking 2017: Singapore takes top spot

An assessment of FDI expansions reveals which locations enjoy the most follow-up investments and why. Cathy Mullan analyses the results.

Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2017/18

Asia- Pacific Cities of the future 2017/18

Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2017/18:

In August 2017, fDi Magazine will publish its ranking of the economic, financial and business strengths of cities in the Asia-Pacific region – ‘Asia- Pacific Cities of the Future of the Future 2017/18’. We are searching for those cities with the most promising prospects for inward investment, economic development and business expansion.

Could your city be fDi’s Asia-Pacific City of the Future?

fDi Magazine will publish the top cities in the following categories: Economic Potential, Cost Effectiveness, Connectivity, Human Capital and Lifestyle, Business Friendliness and FDI Strategy.

fDi Benchmark will analyse quantitative data for all categories, with the exception of FDI Strategy. For this qualitative category, we invite those charged with FDI promotion to complete a short online survey detailing the current FDI strategy they offer potential investors.

There is no cost to submit. 

Application Link: CLICK HERE

Closing Date:

Thursday, 13th April

(Extension available on request)

Publication Date: August 2017
For more information contact: cathy.mullan@ft.com

Global Free Zones of the Year 2017


Could your free zone be fDi’s Global Free Zone of the Year 2017?

In October 2017, fDi Magazine will crown its 2017 Global Free Zones of the Year, recognising the most promising free zones across the world. We are looking for those free zones which offer the best investment environments and prospects for business expansion and economic development.

We are inviting investment promotion agencies, free zone operators, local and regional governments, as well as economic development units to supply additional information about their free zones, by completing a short survey detailing your zone’s occupancy rates and incentives.

There is no cost to submit. 

Application Link: CLICK HERE

Closing Date: 

16th May 2017 
Publication Date: October 2017
For more information contact: cathy.mullan@ft.com

Rankings schedule



Competition closing date

Publication date

Polish Cities of the Future 2017/18   CLOSED February 2017
American Cities of the Future 2017/18   CLOSED April 2017
Island Economies of the Future 2017/18   CLOSED June 2017
Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2017/18   3/4/17 August 2017
Global Free Zones of the Year 2017/18   16/5/17 October 2017
Tourism Locations of The Future 2017/18   7/8/17 December 2017
European Cities of the Future 2018/19   2/10/17 February 2017

Previous Rankings

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Amsterdam top in Benelux FDI ranking

With the number of FDI projects into the Benelux region reaching a 12-year high in 2015, cities across these three countries are rapidly developing into foreign investment hubs. Naomi Davies reports on the top-performing cities when it comes to attracting projects.

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Polish Cities of the Future 2017/18

Warsaw has retained the title of fDi’s Polish City of the Future for 2017/18, with Krakow remaining in second place and Wroclaw rising to third. Cathy Mullan reports. 

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London leads European ICT FDI ranking

London ranks first in Europe for ICT FDI according to fDi Markets data, followed by Paris in second place and Dublin in third. Cara Lyttle assesses the results.

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From Rankings

fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2016/17 – the winners

Singapore has retained its title of fDi’s Global City of the Future, with London holding strong in second place and Dublin edging out Hong Kong to claim third. Cathy Mullan reports.

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From Locations

fDi Strategy Awards 2016 – the winners

In the inaugural fDi Strategy Awards 2016, Barcelona’s investment promotion agency has taken top honours, with awards going to cities all over the world for their efforts to promote, attract and retain investment in categories as diverse as regeneration, expatriate support, technology centres and job creation incentives. Cathy Mullan reports.

Investors of the year - Amazon

fDi Investors of the Year 2016

Logistics powerhouses Amazon and Deutsche Post have ranked as fDi Magazine’s top investors for 2016, followed by Japan-based Mitsubishi Corporation. Cathy Mullan reports. 

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Nation Brands 2016 report: Singapore strong, US valuable

The US once more has the most valuable country brand while Singapore's is the strongest, according to Brand Finance’s annual National Brands report, with a strong correlation continuing to exist between a strong nation brand and investment attractiveness.

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From Rankings

Global Free Zones of the Year 2016

DMCC of Dubai win the overall title of fDi's Global Free Zone of the Year for 2016, but the success stories are spread far and wide. 

German Cities of the Future 2016-17

German Cities of the Future 2016/17: the winners

The financial hub of Frankfurt has topped the table in fDi’s 2016/17 German Cities of the Future ranking, with strong showings also from Munich and Berlin. Cathy Mullan analyses the results.

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Chinese Provinces of the Future 2016/17: the winners

Shanghai province has once again proven its credentials as an investment magnet and dominated fDi’s Chinese Provinces of the Future ranking, with Beijing and Guangdong retaining their respective second and third places. Cathy Mullan examines the results.

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Aerospace Cities of the Future 2016/17: the winners

Singapore has been crowned fDi’s inaugural Aerospace City of the Future, with Dubai in second place and Shanghai in third. Cathy Mullan reports. 

Colombo in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ranked as most diversified island economy

The first fDi Diversification Index analysed island economies and uncovered the link between diversification and levels of overseas investment, with Sri Lanka coming out on top, followed by New Zealand and Malta.

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