Botswana shines brightly

Botswana shines brightly

Political stability and thriving minerals and metals sectors have made Botswana stand out over the past few decades when compared to its southern African neighbours. And while an over-reliance on its diamond trade and worries over power shortages loom large, the country's attractiveness to investors remains strong.

Cardiff carves out a competitive advantage

Cardiff carves out a competitive advantage

The Welsh capital of Cardiff offers all of the benefits of a large city, without the large price tag. Slowly, its relatively cheap but well educated workforce and attractive government incentives are starting to draw companies away from rival English cities.

Myanmar eyes long-term prosperity

Myanmar eyes long-term prosperity

The race to Myanmar is under way, as investors look to get in early to make the most of one of the world's most intriguing propositions. However, despite making some short-term gains, the country's leaders are eyeing the long game.

Global confidence rises, according to survey

Confidence in the global economy grew slightly among the international financial community in the second quarter of 2013, according to a quarterly survey by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Jay Nixon

Missouri governor takes the state global

Governor Jay Nixon led a European roadshow in June to drum up interest in the mid-western state of Missouri, highlighting its solid fiscal record and strengths in financial services, advanced manufacturing and animal sciences. He sat down with Courtney Fingar on a stop in London.

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. 

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