fDi Markets Newswire:

Bahrain F1

Bahrain defies negative headlines to maintain pole position

Bahrain's bid to show its investment potential to the rest of the world by hosting a Formula 1 grand prix may have been blighted by negative press, but the country has still attracted a host of global companies thanks to its emerging financial services sector and logistics capabilities.

Hong Kong's large domestic market

Hong Kong's SME success story

Hong Kong's efforts to attract SMEs – global, Asian and Chinese – and its business-friendly policies are establishing the city-state as a major hub for such businesses.

growth prospects for Kenya, Mauritius and Uganda

In profile: growth prospects for Kenya, Mauritius and Uganda

At the World Economic Forum meeting on Africa in Cape Town in May, fDi spoke to leading officials from three African countries that are implementing strategies to improve their records for attracting foreign investment.

Japan and Myanmar sign a memorandum of co-operation

Free zones: the potential pitfalls

Free zones are often seen as a cure-all remedy to the problems developing economies encounter when trying to attract FDI. However, the reality is that such projects need careful planning and long-term support if they are to fulfil such wishes, as Barbara Njau discovers.

Financial services FDI slumps in February 2013

In line with a general downward trend in FDI, the financial services sector recorded a significant decrease in project numbers in February 2013 compared with March 2012. 

Lithuania's prime minister gets down to business

In the four months since his election, Lithuania's prime minister, Algirdas Butkevičius, has already made tangible improvements to the country's business climate. He tells fDi how he is working closely with investors to further simplify regulation, improve the tax system and encourage growth.

Will WTO membership bring FDI boom for Laos

Will WTO membership bring FDI boom for Laos?

Laos’s recent World Trade Organisation membership will make it a more viable FDI option, but will the investors come?

Malta finds the right mix

Malta finds the right mix

Malta's membership of the EU and proximity to the Middle East and north Africa have served the country well in recent years, but it still has some way to go before fulfilling its FDI potential.

South Korea launches its international finance centre

South Korea is challenging the status of Hong Kong and Singapore as Asia's leading financial hubs, with the launch of its own international finance centre in Seoul.

A new approach

Dubai's government initiates economic diversification

Dubai's economy has long been dependent on its real estate and tourism sectors but, in a bid to diversify, the emirate has started focusing on logistics, financial services and energy, with government-backed initiatives – including an airport city, a financial free zone and a new solar park – driving the rapid growth of each of these sectors.

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