Myanmar’s legal system ranked worst for business and investors

Index shows that significant political reform is necessary in Myanmar if the country is to capitalise on its investment potential.

Political instability steers investors from Yemen

Political instability steers investors from Yemen

Pro-democracy protests in Yemen have derailed the progress that the country was making in attracting FDI, with a 50% decrease in the number of foreign businesses obtaining investment licences in the country in 2011. Until the political situation is resolved, it is likely that this downward trend will continue, despite the abundant investment opportunities in the country.

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Negotiating the MENA sanctions stranglehold

As the EU imposes an oil embargo on Iran and the screws tighten on neighbouring Syria, foreign companies doing business with the affected countries are scrambling to stay on the right side of the law while hedging against their losses. 

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Asian economies smooth path for Silk Road resurrection

Across central Asia, from China to Kazakhstan, economies are set to benefit from the re-opening of trade routes along the historic Silk Road. Significant investment has already been made to improve the infrastructure along the route, but further investment, more cohesion between the central Asian countries involved and more politically stability in the region as a whole is needed if this great passageway between Asia and Europe is to return to its former glory.
 

View from the Middle East & Africa: February/March 2012

The outlook for 2012 remains bleak for much of the Middle East and north Africa, with many countries still in the grip of political unrest. But with a narrowing gap between buyers and sellers driving activity in the merger and acquisition sector, and a number of private equity firms looking to exit from their investments as their funds reach maturity, there will be some activity in the region.

China defies downward coal, oil and natural gas sector capital expenditure trend

As the coal, oil and natural gas sector struggles for capital investment around the world, China has recorded a 100% increase for 2011.

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Abdul Karim al-Luaibi: showing the world Iraq's potential

Iraq has made solid progress in developing its oil capabilities and has ambitious plans to increase production further, according to its minister of oil, Abdul Karim al-Luaibi.

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Building a future: Iraq's race for oil refineries

Iraq's dated oil infrastructure desperately needs updating and expanding so it can meet increasing demands. The government has ambitious plans, but can it engage the international oil companies to invest in them?

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Kazakhstan tries to avoid oil curse

Kazakhstan is putting the hard lessons learnt during the financial crisis into practice as it embarks on a major programme of privatisation intended to wean the country off an overdependence on oil and put it on a sound macroeconomic footing

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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