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Software and IT overtakes financial services as leading FDI sector for projects in 2010

The software and IT sector saw increased FDI in 2010, pulling ahead of financial services as the leading sector for FDI projects in 2010.

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Striking a chord

As spending cuts are made by local governments throughout the Western world, art funding is often one of the first casualties. However, some areas are looking to the arts as a way of attracting investment and regenerating inner cities, such as Carmel in Indiana, which has recently opened a controversial $126m palladium at its Center for the Performing Arts

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South Africa's great brain drain

Despite its wealth of natural resources and investment potential, South Africa is suffering a severe shortage of human capital, particularly in engineering and electronics-based sectors. Karen E Thuermerreports on what is being done to address this problem

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When Korea came calling

The deal that ended with the building of a $1bn assembly plant for South Korean car manufacturer Kia in a rural US state has had wide-reaching implications, both economic and cultural. And although there has been a price to pay on both sides, it appears to be outweighed by the benefits

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Building a legacy

São Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab tells Spencer Andersonthat real-estate investors continue to be drawn to the Brazilian city because it offers good value, despite criticisms over its burdensome regulation and a possible overheating of property prices

From Sectors / Metals

Rare earth metals search goes global

Rare earth metals are becoming increasingly important to the technology and military sectors, but China has a stranglehold on the global supply. Now the world's energy and mining companies are looking to change this by developing alternative sources

Reassessing customer service

Changes in the global economy are affecting organisations' decisions relating to outsourcing customer services, says Wendy Atkins, who highlights emerging trends in the sector

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Time up for Medichem's Maltese haven?

Medichem has grown its Malta business out of the country’s patent-free status for drugs. But with Malta's entrance into the EU and changing legislation, the clock is ticking for the pharmaceuticals company

Communications boom in Latin America

Latin America's communications sector shows impressive growth, achieving record capital expenditure in 2010

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Switzerland's insurance claim

As Switzerland opens up its insurance and reinsurance markets, more and more global players in the sector are locating in the country, causing murmurs of concern in traditional European hotspot London

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