Cuenca looks to capitalise on 'retirement home' reputation

The south Ecuadorian city of Cuenca has seen an unlikely influx over the past decade, as North American retirees have moved there to take advantage of its high quality of life and low living costs.

Francisco Rivadeneira

Ecuador minister sees country trading up

Ecuador, for so long an underperformer in Latin America when it came to FDI, is experiencing an uptick in its investment fortunes. Its minister for foreign trade tells fDi how the country's growing middle class, new tax laws and links with trade partners are behind the turnaround.

Cheap energy fuels fuels Idaho FDI spurt

Idaho has landed significant projects in food manufacturing in the past year, injecting $800m into the state’s economy and potentially creating 5000 jobs. 

Investors still betting on Ukraine

The ongoing unrest has not deterred investors from Ukraine, with the country continuing to attract foreign capital.

Is Indonesia in a jam

Will the real Indonesia please stand up?

The growth of Indonesia’s economy has made headlines in recent years, but 2014 sees the country at a crossroads, with slowing growth, a still-creaking infrastructure, an end to cheap credit from the US and uncertainty regarding the impact of economic integration with the Association of South-East Asian Nations. 

Brazil and Cuba sign three investment agreements

Three memorandums of understanding have been signed between Brazil and Cuba.

Caribbean experiences FDI growth in 2013

Inward FDI in the Caribbean was up by more than 25% in 2013, compared with the previous year.

Tomasz Telma

IFC director looks to unlock central Asia

The central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan barely register in terms of global FDI share, making the presence of the IFC in the region all the more important. The corporation's director of Europe and central Asia tells Michal Kaczmarski how the IFC is helping these former Soviet republics make their voices heard.

New growth plan needed in CEE: McKinsey

A report by global consultancy McKinsey suggests that economies in central and eastern Europe adopt a new growth strategy to reduce the region's reliance on the western European economy.

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia uses its EU outsider advantage

Macedonia’s finance minister and deputy PM, Zoran Stavreski, explains why his country’s EU candidate status allows it greater flexibility on taxes and incentives than other countries in the union can offer

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