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Leipzig targets safe and prosperous environment for start-ups

Leipzig boasts a close proximity to Berlin but comes without the capital’s costs, factors behind the city boasting about 200 start-ups covering a diverse number of fields. Wendy Atkins reports.

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Leipzig auto industry goes from strength to strength

Leipzig’s location near major road and air connections has helped it build a substantial automotive hub over the past 15 years, attracting such high-profile names as Porsche and BMW, as well as parts suppliers and logistics companies. Wendy Atkins reports.

Inside fDi: Relying on empty rhetoric? That's unsustainable

Every organisation wants to be sustainable. It sounds good and achieving 'sustainability' is popular from the boardroom to the customer. However, says Courtney Fingar, rather than simply plastering the word all over glossy brochures, governments and investors must work out what their version of sustainability actually means.

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fDi Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18: Thailand triumphs in inaugural awards

Thailand has topped fDi’s inaugural ranking of global tourism locations with the best potential for investment. The balmy Maldives is second, while Asian business hub Hong Kong has placed third. Cathy Mullan explores the winning locations. 

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fDi Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18 – Editor’s Choice Awards

fDi's inaugural Tourism Editor's Choice Awards for tourism single out the countries that have devised specific and successful strategies to attract investment. Belize, Croatia and Jamaica are just three of the countries punching above their weight, reports Cathy Mullan.

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.

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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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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East Asian instability and the North Korea question

North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, as Erika Morphy reports.

Australia takes global lead for renewable electricity projects

For the first eight months of 2017, Australia was the leading country in the world for number of renewable energy electricity projects, according to fDi Markets.

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