Maplecroft report highlights political risk hotspots for 2013

Terrorism, conflict and resource nationalism are among the most significant political risks that will face investors in 2013, according to risk analysis company Maplecroft.

Panama finance minister looks to maintain double-digit growth

Panama finance minister looks to maintain double-digit growth

Panama's minister of economy and finance, Frank De Lima, explains how the increased capacity of the Panama Canal, coupled with an influx of investment into the country's mining sector, is offsetting any negative impact of the US recession on its dollarised economy.

Myanmar: open for investment

Myanmar: open for investment

The first draft of Myanmar's new and mostly liberal FDI law was passed recently and the EU and the US are set to ease the economic sanctions put in place while the country was under the previous military regime. But despite these positive steps, Myanmar's infrastructure remains weak and investors there face a number of obstacles.

An overprotective instinct

Will Mongolia's overprotective instinct deter investors?

Faced with a highly nationalistic electorate, particularly where China is concerned, resource-rich Mongolia has introduced a new foreign investment law aimed at protecting its natural assets. However, as its recent dispute with state-owned Chinese firm Chalco shows, the results could damage the country's international reputation.

Nordgold, Russia

Nordgold breaks new ground

Russian gold mining company Nordgold has expanded through many developing markets since its inception in 2007, and is looking to continue growing in regions that more established operators have tended to avoid.

Mining the investment gap

Tajikistan taps mineral resources potential

For years, Tajikistan's economy has been heavily reliant on remittances from Russia, with a severe lack of private investment from both foreign and domestic business. But while Western companies remain cautious about entering the country, the former Soviet republic's vast gold and silver deposits could yet provide a China-fuelled investment boom.

Haitian prime minister vows to revive impoverished country

Following his election this year, Haitian prime minister Laurent Lamothe has put plans in place to help boost FDI and improve job prospects in the country.

Sierra Leone's opposition leader expresses election concerns

Sierra Leone's incumbent government have been accused of derailing democracy in the country as well as stunting its economic potential by the leader of the opposition party, Julius Maada Bio.

South Australia refines its FDI strategy

South Australia's government has set up a promotional agency in a bid to attract more FDI to the region.

Tanzania president tells African governments that regional integration is key

The president of Tanzania tells AfDB delegates that the continent must promote intra-African trade if it is to avoid further economic crises.

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