fDi Markets Newswire:

View from Asia December 2012/January 2013

Governments and industry are embracing green projects in Asia, with a number of different focus areas.

Has Ukraines time come

Has Ukraine's time come?

Ukraine has long been a sleeping giant of Europe. Strategically located with a large, skilled workforce and huge potential in the energy and agriculture sectors, foreign businesses are sitting up and taking notice of the country. All it needs is investment in basic infrastructure and logistics – and to press ahead with improvements to the investment environment.

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Malaysia PM hails ETP effect

Malaysia's excellent economic performance in recent years has come on the back of its Economic Transformation Programme. Its prime minister and finance minister Dato’ Sri Abdul Tun Najib Razak tells Barbara Njau how the programme has helped diversify the country's economy, which has continued to thrive while much of the rest of the world has struggled.

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Renewable energy sees boost to FDI expenditure in 2011

Figures show that renewable energy was the fastest growing sector for FDI in 2011, while the number of projects in the coal, oil and natural gas sector declined.

Fuel for thought

Will Africa be the focal point of biomass boom?

The rising price of oil coupled with newfound environmental concerns have left many countries looking to source alternative energy supplies and biofuel – long used in households across Africa – has emerged as one potential source of alternative energy. But as investors look to exploit biofuel's potential, questions are already being raised about the sustainability of the sector.

Indonesia keeping up with the neighbours

Will Indonesia's masterplan see it live up to its potential?

Indonesia has achieved significant economic growth in the past three years and now, with the help of a new development plan, its government has set the ambitious target of transforming the country into a major economic power by 2025. Can Indonesia compete on the same stage as Asia's behemoth economies such as India and China, or will the basic issues of infrastructure and inflation continue to hold it back?

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Brisbane resources sector set for growth

The city of Brisbane, Australia recently unveiled a plan to double  its already lucrative resources sector by 2031, giving investors the  perfect opportunity to invest in the area.

A region transformed

Pomerania: from Solidarity to shared services

The northern Polish region of Pomerania, which lies on the Baltic coast, has a long and proud history of shipbuilding. However, boosted by EU funding, the area is undergoing a rapid modernisation, with its infrastructure transformed and its industries venturing into various hi-tech sectors.

China releases new guidelines for foreign investment

In a bid to encourage investment in areas such as high-end equipment manufacturing, green businesses and bioechnology, the Chinese  authorities have released an updated version of their foreign investment guidance catalogue.

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Do green technologies live up to the hype?

Green sells, and investment in green technologies can offer both environmental and economic gains. But as politicians and businesses appear enamoured of the concept of a green agenda, are expectations of the results realistic?

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