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India liberalises FDI regime

Policy amendments could mean a complete overhaul of India's climate for foreign investors.

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Vietnam privatisation gathers steam

Vietnam’s privatisation programme saw a notable success in 2017 with the sale of a 54% stake in the country's leading beer manufacturer. Peter Janssen investigates whether this move will open the floodgates.

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Puerto Rico tries to beat storms natural and man-made

Still picking up the pieces after the devastation of hurricane season, Puerto Rico must also contend with the controversial tax bill currently before Congress. Michael Deibert reports.

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Israel mulls tax cuts after US unveils reforms

Israel is contemplating further corporate tax cuts, despite already making several already, in order to remain competitive with the US. Erika Morphy reports.

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Poland plans airport to rival regional leaders

Poland is planning to replace Warsaw Chopin airport with a mega-airport to rival Munich's or Moscow's and accommodate 45 million passengers a year. Zosia Wąsik reports.

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More FDI could boost Bhutan’s happiness

Bhutan uses its own measure of “gross national happiness”, and is doing well by this standard. But if the country can diversify its economy and invest in ICT, it could attract FDI that would improve its fortunes still further. John West reports.

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China leads world in patent applications

China led in patent applications in 2016, with 1.3 million, and accounted more than half of global industrial design filings. The country has also been given credit for improving its intellectual property regime, as Erika Morphy reports.

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Google investment boosts China's AI aspirations

Google's first Asian AI centre highlights China's increasing prominence in machine learning.

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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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