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making amends

Ecuador foreign trade minister looks to mend friendships

The foreign trade minister of Ecuador talks to Jacopo Dettoni about the sectors into which the country is seeking investment, and how the new government of Lenin Moreno is rebuilding some of the international relationships jeopardised by his predecessor.

Call to modernise Puerto Rico infrastructure following hurricanes

Puerto Rico was already struggling economically when it was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now experts are calling for an essential upgrade of infrastructure as part of the rebuilding process. Jason Mitchell reports.

tax

Companies face the ​great uncertainty of US tax policy

Until the Trump administration shows its hand, a framework document is the only clue companies have been given regarding the US’s long-term tax plans. Erika Morphy reports.

nationa brands

China named 2017’s fastest growing nation brand

China’s national brand has increased significantly in 2017 at 44%, reflecting a general global dynamic where Asian countries are advancing while Western countries are stagnating.

amazon

US and Canadian cities vie for new Amazon headquarters

Talent and housing availability look to be key criteria in retail and tech giant Amazon’s search for a second headquarters location in north America

irma

Hurricanes test Caribbean islands’ fragile economies

No one is underestimating the scale of the reconstruction necessary following a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean. However, financial services firms say their business continuity plans have kicked in, while the tourism sector is optimistic that recovery will come sooner rather than later. Natasha Turak reports.

Latam financial services show six-year FDI decline

Latin America has suffered continuous declines in FDI projects and investment between 2011 and 2016 and the trend looks likely to continue this year. Edna Rodriguez reports.

FDI outcome for hurricane-struck states will vary

The underlying economic robustness of the states hit by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey will play a part in how quickly they bounce back, which could affect future foreign investment. Erika Morphy reports.

Facebook announces $750m data centre in Ohio

Social media giant Facebook is building its 10th US data centre in New Albany, Ohio, at a cost of $750m, writes Karen E Thuermer.

Skills gaps a growing problem for US manufacturers

As a lack of skilled workers pushes manufacturers in the US into using robots, joint initiatives are being created to ensure students get the right education for the jobs on offer. Erika Morphy reports.

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