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Serbia deputy PM hails investment-friendly reforms

A slew of legal reforms have been enacted by the Serbian government to improve the country's investment climate. Deputy prime minister and minister of construction, transport and infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic tells fDi how these reforms are already having an impact.

Lodz

Lodz weaves a new development strategy to entice investment

A host of new developments are promising to transform the Polish city of Lodz, which has been struggling to emerge from the shadow of its textiles manufacturing past.

Delft proves the perfect fit for 3M

Executive decision: Delft proves the perfect fit for 3M

When 3M was looking for a location for its new headquarters in the Netherlands, the city of Delft's reputation as a hub for innovation, technology and R&D made the decision a simple one.

SEZ Alabuga building on firm foundations

SEZ Alabuga: building on firm foundations

In less than 10 years, Special Economic Zone Alabuga has developed from being just 'a field and a masterplan', into a zone attracting dozens of businesses from around the world. Now, it is looking to its next phase of growth, with ambitions to have 120 companies and $12bn invested by 2020.

SEZ Alabuga stands out from the Russian crowd

SEZ Alabuga stands out from the Russian crowd

Special Economic Zone Alabuga has identified the biggest problems that investors in Russia usually face – namely, access to infrastructure and ease of trade across borders – and made sure that residents in the zone do not have to struggle at the hands of these issues.

An operational advantage

SEZ Alabuga's operational advantage

Incentives – in the form of tax breaks, training and other business services assistance – are a large part of what attracts companies to SEZ Alabuga. While such benefits look hugely attractive to prospective investors, Michal Kaczmarski reports on the impact they have for those that take up residence in the zone.

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.

Breaking the bottlenecks

Breaking Africa's bottlenecks

Africa's notoriously inadequate infrastructure is widely considered to have long been holding the region back from realising its economic potential. Hope is on the horizon, however, as national governments increasingly embrace private sector projects and regional developments.

Uganda seeks stability for varied investment landscape

Uganda seeks stability for varied investment landscape

With a rising GDP, a perceived overdependence on its oil industry and a deteriorating business environment, according to the World Bank, Uganda's economic progress is difficult to gauge. The country's minister of state for foreign affairs remains confident, however, that government initiatives and heavy investment in infrastructure are moving it in the right direction.

Will Sochi reap gold for Russia?

What will be the legacy of the recent Winter Olympic Games in Sochi? 

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