Karapetyan

Yerevan mayor treasures the old while seeking new investments

As Armenia's capital of Yerevan takes its first steps towards the privatisation of key public services, mayor Karen Karapetyan tells Courtney Fingarof his priorities for this ancient city, and his hopes for improvements in relations with neighbouring countries

Think Tank Aug 2011

Ukraine’s potential tempts pioneer spirit

Ukraine has recently underperformed compared with its neighbours in terms of FDI inflows, but for bold investors, the potential is there for rich returns.

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Montenegro offers a safe harbour for the jet set

Montenegro has become a playground for the world's billionaires -- with its revamped resorts offering an ideal place to party.

View from Europe: where next for the euro?

The euro project now needs strong political leadership if it is to survive the widening gap between its northern and southern members, says Douglas Clark

Barbara Kudrycka

Polish science and education minister eyes research hub status

New legislation will make the country’s already intensive science and research activity more market oriented and business friendly, according to science and higher education minister Barbara Kudrycka

View from Europe June/July 2011

Inward investment agencies shouldn't overlook small and medium-sized enterprises when it comes to getting on the road back to growth, writes Douglas Clark

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Tbilisi hopes infrastructure improvement, location will boost economy

Tbilisi is well placed between continents to be a trade, transport and tourism hub. Its mayor tells Courtney Fingarhow rail developments and regenerating its old town will realise these goals

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Wallonia's aeronautical industry sets out its stall at Paris Air Show

The dominant player in Belgium's aerospace sector, Wallonia is out to prove at Le Bourget this year that it has what it takes to remain competitive in the face of increasing demand, despite the value of its exports falling dramatically due to the global financial crisis

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Belarus seeks investment amid bad press

Though some Western companies have ventured into Belarus, the investment scene is dominated by businesses from Russia, a situation the government hopes to change. But investors will have to overlook political ugliness

Yann Caillère

View from the C-suite: Accor's multifaceted approach

Accor president Yann Caillère explains why traditional strategies are not viable in the hotel business. For a sector vulnerable to recession, survival depends on adapting and growing

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