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.
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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.
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.
A survey by consultancy firm Ernst & Young showed that Africa’s investment attractiveness among UK businesses has improved considerable over the past few years.
Vajira Kulatilaka took over as chairman of the board of directors of the Colombo Stock Exchange in early June. He tells Courtney Fingar why he thinks the stars are now aligned for Sri Lanka to join in the next phase of global growth, and what kind of role his exchange can play in the south Asia region.
Multinational enterprises in developing economies are seeing their profits grow at a much faster rate than those in developed countries, according to a report by the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment.
A new free trade zone in Shanghai has had little foreign interest, according to consultancy firm Nexia TS China.
Experts believe that the surprise result in Panama's May presidential election will not harm the country's investment attractiveness, which has gone from strength to strength in recent years under the leadership of outgoing president Ricardo Martinelli.
Investors are looking beyond Romanian capital Bucharest to cities such as Timisoara, Cluj Napoca, Brasov and Constanta, and finding growing economies, skills and business capacity.
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