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Hopes high that Neom city project will diversify Saudi investment

Saudi Arabia’s Neom city project is being hailed as a major plank of the country’s diversification programme. But details so far are light, and some parties worry political risk could still scupper hoped-for investment. Olivia Azadegan reports.

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Investors size up post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

The appointment of Emmerson Mnangagwa as successor to long-time president Robert Mugabe could signal a change in Zimbabwe’s fortunes – if ease of doing business is improved. Charlotte Adlung reports.

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Hong Kong now world’s most expensive office market

Demand from mainland companies has pushed up Hong Kong cost-per-desk prices while currency moves have affected London, enabling the Chinese territory to leapfrog the UK capital when it comes to office expenses.

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Belarus makes bid to attract medical tourists

As medical procedures in developed countries gradually become too expensive or accumulate extensive waiting lists, Belarus is hoping to benefit from the subsequent boom in health tourism by offering comparatively low-cost services. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Swedish companies in expansionary mode

A survey of Swedish finance chiefs found improved confidence and that they are now happier to invest capital rather than repay loans.

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Istanbul IPA elevates ‘one-stop shop’ concept

Turkey has unveiled Invest in Istanbul, an investment promotion agency that brings government departments and local business contacts together in one place, to ease the process for prospective investors. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Costa Rica plays to its strengths and develops talent

Jorge Sequeira, managing director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, spoke to Courtney Fingar about its strategy of concentrating on the business and IT sectors, developing life sciences and manufacturing, and cooperating with businesses to ensure it can offer them the right skills.

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Thailand finds it’s third time lucky with Eastern Economic Corridor

After three attempts to attract investment for the Thailand 4.0 initiative, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appears finally to have found the right formula. Peter Janssen reports.

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Catalonia crisis unnerves business sector

The ongoing row over independence between the Spanish government and Catalonia is sparking an exodus of company headquarters from the region, with predictions of economic disruption for both parties if the dispute is not settled soon. Greg Campbell-Cohen reports.

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US Congress scrambles to approve tax reform

The Republicans are racing against time to meet an year-end deadline to push through a long-awaited overhaul of the national tax system. Philippa Maister reports. 

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