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Asian Development Bank meeting 2017: addressing age-old problems

Opportunities and challenges brought about by economic growth across Asia, as well as the demographic timebomb the continent faces, dominated the 2017 Asian Development Bank annual meetings in Yokohama on May 4 to May 7. Jacopo Dettoni fleshed out the main topics with some key speakers. 

South Korea’s new president promises job growth and corporate governance reform

Newly elected South Korea President Moon Jae-in must overcome formidable opposition if he is to deliver on his campaign promises of job creation, support for SMEs and corporate governance reform. Natasha Turak reports.

Sri Lanka retains most diversified island economy crown

The second annual fDi Diversification Index for Island Economies has again determined those locations that have the most diversified greenfield foreign investment portfolio. Sri Lanka and New Zealand remain in the top spots, while the Dominican Republic rises to third place. Cathy Mullan reports.

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fDi’s Island Economies of the Future 2017/18 – Sri Lanka takes the summit

Sri Lanka has been named fDi’s Island Economy of the Future for 2017/18, with Cyprus and the Dominican Republic ranking second and third. Cathy Mullan reports.

India streamlines FDI approvals

India is abolishing the Foreign Investment Promotion Board and introducing a new clearing system for FDI proposals. N Chandra Mohan reports.

ADB meeting: investment in digital brings big dividends

Speakers at the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting in Yokohama were keen to stress the transformative effect of technology investment. John West reports.

New tax havens surface for Indian funds

France and the Netherlands are among those countries to benefit from changes to India’s tax rules. N Chandra Mohan reports.

Race to finance Asia's infrastructure heats up

The competition between institutions to bridge Asia’s financing gap is both good news and bad. John West reports from the ADB’s annual meeting in Yokohama.

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Guangzhou vice-mayor calm over keeping US investors keen

Amid increased uncertainty over the future of US-China trade, Guangzhou is continuing to pull in investment from major North American companies. The city's vice-mayor, Cai Chaolin, tells Karen E Thuermer why he attributes this to a focus on cultivating sophisticated and hi-tech industries.

View from Asia: Global headwinds will check pace of Asian growth in 2017

Manufacturing in south-east Asia, including China, had a stellar 2016, but headwinds such as possible US protectionism and other political developments, are likely to dampen growth this year, writes Lawrence Yeo.