View from Europe: February/March 2012

In 2012, with the eurozone troubles still dragging on, Europe should focus on the opportunities that will open up on the continent when it hosts the Euro 2012 football tournament and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Emerging economies top FDI confidence survey

China and India top AT Kearney's 2012 FDI Confidence Index, while the US drops to fourth.

China overtakes Spain as top destination for retail FDI projects

In the first 11 months of 2011, China was the number one destination  country for FDI retail projects, following a significant 40% decrease in  the number of projects in Spain, the number one destination country for  retail in 2010.

State Bank of Pakistan announces FDI decline in the country

Data from both the State Bank of Pakistan and fDi Markets shows that FDI into Pakistan is in decline. But there is hope, with plans in the pipeline for large investments from companies in South Korea and China. 

Austria keeps FDI close to home

Unlike other European countries, many of which are taking advantage of opportunities to invest in emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region, the majority of outward FDI from Austria goes to countries in the 'Rest of Europe' region.

Belarus Composites teaser

Belarus hopes for nanotechnology investment burst

Belarus's expertise in nanotechnology is respected in the scientific community but has yet to attract the attention of the country's private sector. Professionals in the field hope that foreign investors can help fill this gap.

Belarus privatisation TEASER

Belarus emerges from privatisation wilderness

While many of its former Soviet peers were embracing privatisation programmes, Belarus shied away from such activity. However, the government has recently announced that it will be conducting tenders for many of its state-owned companies, and while foreign companies face a few obstacles should they want to get involved, first-mover advantages might be worth considering.

Belarus ICT TEASER

Belarus capitalises on its e-potential

Hi-Tech Park in Belarus is a growing hub for both regional and international software and IT firms that offers its registered businesses economic incentives. This is one example of how the eastern European country is capitalising on its highly skilled workforce of engineers, which has also attracted the attention of the likes of Microsoft and NEC.

Belarus business environment TEASER

Preparation the key to Belarus investment

There is a common perception that investing in Belarus is only for the risk-takers. However, the country can point to many examples of companies large and small operating successfully within it. The key, according to those working in the country, is in the preparation.

View from Europe: December 2011/January 2012

In Europe, all eyes are fixed on the eurozone crisis, relegating green legislation to the backseat. But with new investment in sectors such as wind power being needed to help the continent reach its 20% renewable energy target by 2020, is there room for both the economy and the environment on the same agenda?

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