Closing the finance gap

Kuala Lumpur looks to emerge from Singapore's financial shadow

Singapore may be the leading international financial centre in south-east Asia, but Kuala Lumpur is looking to narrow the gap through becoming a regional hub for Islamic finance as well as catering for more conventional financial institutions through its Tun Razak Exchange.

A hub for south-east Asia

Kuala Lumpur: a hub for south-east Asia

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.

What now for African telecoms

What now for African telecoms?

The availability and connectivity of mobile phones in Africa has resulted in a hike in telecommunications investment in the continent in recent years, coupled with an explosion in innovation. But, asks Barbara Njau, is this boom sustainable? 

Cardiff continues on progress path

Cardiff continues on progress path

A year after his first visit, Michal Kaczmarski returns to Cardiff Capital Region, tracking the changes in the region's economic development landscape. 

Fintech and legal sectors seek Cardiff connection

Fintech and legal sectors seek Cardiff connection

Emerging business lines such as financial services technology and legal services are increasingly taking advantage of Cardiff’s potential as an investment destination. 

Cardiff companies get students on board

Cardiff companies get students on board

Companies based in Cardiff are overcoming a local shortage of mid-level talent by joining forces to offer a graduate scheme that gives students the right experience while they study. 

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? 

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.

Bank of Cyprus

From ruin to riches: Cyprus's remarkable turnaround

Within the space of two years, Cyprus has gone from being one of Europe's crisis countries to now having many causes for optimism, with its banks back in international favour and the island's tourism market showing a marked uptick.

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