fDi Markets Newswire:

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.

Fears raised that Venezuela refugee crisis will destabilise Latin America

The political crisis in Venezuela is spurring its impoverished citizens to cross into neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, which is threatening to destabilise the region. Jason Mitchell reports.

Macri’s primary success could restore investor confidence in Argentina

Argentina’s deficit has deterred FDI but if president Mauricio Macri can follow up his success in the primary polls with an election win, the ensuing stability could boost investor interest. Jason Mitchell reports.

Ak-Chin

A reservation worth holding: the rise of the Ak-Chin industrial park

The industrial park of the Ak-Chin native American tribe, based in southern Arizona, provides a low-tax destination with a unique set of attributes thanks to its location within tribal lands. Karen E Thuermer reports

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