Iran opens up to foreign investors

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran in January has opened the floodgates for potential investors to seek opportunities in the country.

Bumper year for Kenya-destined FDI

Even without the data for December, it is already clear that Kenya enjoyed a major increase in inward investment in 2015 when compared with 2014.

Saudi Arabia unveils airport privatisation plans

As part of a wider drive to open up its economy to foreign investment, Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to privatise its airports.

Angola opens inaugural steel facility

The opening of Angola's first steel mill represents not only the largest foreign investment in the country, but also ends the country's reliance on importing steel.

Goma leads the way as DRC rebuilds its reputation

Goma leads the way as DRC rebuilds its reputation

Small steps are being taken to repair the damage that decades of civil war have wreaked on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Political complications and security issues still blight the country, but cities such as Goma are showing the way forwards when it comes to attracting the attention of investors.

Jordan reaches out to take its ICT sector to the next level

Jordan reaches out to take its ICT sector to the next level

A 1999 'reach initiative' transformed Jordan's ICT sector, which now accounts for more than 10% of the country's GDP. Following the launch of a sequel initiative, the country is hoping it can further build on this success.

Ras Al Khaimah looks to challenge Dubai as a UAE tourism hub

Ras Al Khaimah looks to challenge Dubai as a UAE tourism hub

Ras Al Khaimah has natural attractions in abundance but has largely struggled to persuade tourists in the UAE to look beyond Dubai. However, as its visitor numbers increase and a new airport is being developed, the emirate could well be challenging its better-known regional rivals in the not-too-distant future

View from the Middle East and Africa: do millennials have the world at their feet?

Millennials are considered key to future innovation and growth, but just as important are the decisions being made by those, typically older generations, in political power. 

Can Iran's free zones lead its reintegration into global markets?

As Iran looks to a future free of sanctions, investors sizing up the country’s potential are finding that its years of isolation have left behind an obstacle-laden business environment, meaning that its seven free zones will play an essential role for early investors. But are they up to the job?

Tunisia seeks FDI in quest for prosperity and security

Tunisia seeks FDI in quest for prosperity and security

The terrorist attacks in the Tunisian resort of Sousse in mid-2015 dealt a bitter blow to the country's image, hitting its all-important tourism income. Such acts, combined with wider regional unrest, make FDI more important than ever to Tunisia, a fact not lost on its politicians, as Natasha Turak discovers.

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