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View from the Middle East and Africa: Unleashing the potential of local innovation

Governments in Africa are catching on to the development potential of ICT solutions developed by local entrepreneurs.  

Mustapa bin Mohamed

Malaysia's international trade minister: Kuala Lumpur going from strength to strength

Malaysia's minister of international trade and industry, Mustapa bin Mohamed, tells Barbara Njau that Kuala Lumpur's role has been and remains integral to Malaysia's rise as a global trade hub.

An ongoing battle
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Istil Group rides out Ukrainian turbulence

For as long as he has been operating in the country, the founder and co-owner of Istil Group, Mohammad Zahoor, says that Ukraine has faced problems. Which is why, despite having business assets seized as a result of current political frictions, he is pressing ahead with existing projects in the country and optimistically predicting that a resolution to the current hostilities with Russia is on the horizon.

How to strike the wealth balance
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How to strike the wealth balance

The underlying attitude towards wealth within a country can have a big impact on a company's decision to invest there. Shaomin Li and Seung Ho Park look at ways in which 'wealth tolerance' can be measured.

UK-based SMEs look to China for growth, says survey

A recent survey of UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises found that such companies view the Chinese market as the most promising source of future growth.

SEB forecasts strong growth in Poland and Baltics

The latest eastern European outlook by Swedish bank SEB predicts that the Polish and the Baltic economies will continue to grow in the two years to 2016.

SEZ Alabuga building on firm foundations

SEZ Alabuga: building on firm foundations

In less than 10 years, Special Economic Zone Alabuga has developed from being just 'a field and a masterplan', into a zone attracting dozens of businesses from around the world. Now, it is looking to its next phase of growth, with ambitions to have 120 companies and $12bn invested by 2020.

Kuala Lumpur helps move Malaysia up the electronics value chain

Kuala Lumpur helps move Malaysia up the electronics value chain

Over the past two decades, Malaysia has established itself as one of the world's leading low-cost electrical component manufacturers. However, thanks to academic institutions such as Kuala Lumpur's Mimos ICT centre of innovation, the country is looking to rise up the value chain in this sector.

SEZ Alabuga stands out from the Russian crowd

SEZ Alabuga stands out from the Russian crowd

Special Economic Zone Alabuga has identified the biggest problems that investors in Russia usually face – namely, access to infrastructure and ease of trade across borders – and made sure that residents in the zone do not have to struggle at the hands of these issues.

An operational advantage

SEZ Alabuga's operational advantage

Incentives – in the form of tax breaks, training and other business services assistance – are a large part of what attracts companies to SEZ Alabuga. While such benefits look hugely attractive to prospective investors, Michal Kaczmarski reports on the impact they have for those that take up residence in the zone.

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