The Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination for tourists, and is rising in prominence as a finance and business hub for the south-east Asia region. Barbara Njau charts the city's progress.
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Nearly 100,000 jobs were created through FDI by automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM), business services, renewables and consumer products firms in the Americas in the first six months of 2014.
Fewer opportunities at home means German, French and UK names are becoming attractive prospects.
A recent survey by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce shows that German investors are optimistic about the investment opportunities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Walmart has announced a plan to open more than 100 new stores in China.
South Korea's taste for Western consumer goods has made the country a key Asian market for companies in this industry from North America and western Europe, as shown by Kimberly Clark's decision to locate a global innovation centre there.
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has announced that it will break its partnership with Indian retailer Bharti Enterprises.
With Indo-Japanese relations blossoming, many Japanese firms are eyeing the country's impressive domestic market, but unless India can smooth out complexities in its business environment, the new relationship risks turning sour.
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