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Reforms bring a business-friendly Ukraine

For so long mired in corruption and bureaucratic red tape, in the past three years Ukraine has enacted numerous reforms to improve the climate for doing business. Now, writes Natasha Turak, the battle is on to convince investors that the conflict-affected country is a safe bet.

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VinaCapital helps Vietnam maximise investment potential

Investment firm VinaCapital is leveraging off Vietnam’s impressive growth as state-owned enterprises are privatised or private businesses are floated, attracting interest from foreign multinationals. But the key to its strategy is ensuring benefits feed back into the local economy, as managing director Andy Ho tells Natasha Turak.

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Odessa eyes status as Ukraine's Silicon Valley

Known primarily as a holiday destination, Odessa is fast becoming a magnet for tech start-ups. Boasting highly skilled graduates and an entrepreneurial spirit, the port city has an ambition to become Ukraine’s San Francisco. Natasha Turak reports.

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Lviv gives Ukraine a European touch

Lviv has both close proximity to and a fondness for Europe. Together with a wealth of talent and favourable labour costs, the city is rapidly becoming a popular location within the EU supply chain, as Natasha Turak reports.

an extended honeymoon

Maldives tourism minister seeks a certain type of growth

The Maldives has navigated global financial crises and political instability while maintaining tourism growth and leading the world in environmental innovation. The country's minister of tourism, Moosa Zameer, tells Natasha Turak how he intends to stay ahead of the game.

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Shifting sands: will Hulhumalé project ease pressure on the Maldives?

With capital Malé overcrowded and the rest of its population scattered across almost 200 islands, providing key services to the people of the Maldives provides the country's authorities with a headache. With this in mind, the government has been developing a 'second city' on an island near Malé, in which it hopes a large number of Maldivians will choose to live. Natasha Turak reports.

a sustainability push

Maldives pushes sustainability at home and abroad

Environmental issues are a prime concern for the Maldives, as rising sea levels threaten its twin industries of tourism and fishing. Besides lobbying on international measures to mitigate climate change, the government is focusing on managing sanitation and promoting renewable energy locally, as Natasha Turak discovers. 

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Maldives goes down sustainability route to capture fisheries FDI

Fish are a major natural resource for the Maldives, providing dietary protein and supporting an industry employing one-fifth of the population. Now the country, which is proud of its credentials in sustainability, is keen to develop value-added production, fisheries and agriculture minister Mohamed Shainee tells Natasha Turak.

the first resort

The first resort: how FDI can help the Maldives to preserve its paradise

The Maldives is renowned all over the world as an idyllic beach destination, a reputation it has worked hard to cultivate. However, as Natasha Turak discovers, investment opportunities abound on the island chain, as it looks to diversify its economy and safeguard its future.

Senegal pressure valve

Senegal city development looks to ease Dakar pressure

Diamniadio Lake City is a development 30 kilometres from Dakar which is being built to ease pressure on Senegal's overcrowded capital. Natasha Turak speaks to representatives from Semer Group, which will soon start construction work on the project, to discover what it will entail.

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