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Bordeaux mayor looks to magnetise investors

Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé has ambitious plans to create 100,000 new jobs by 2030, and is leveraging the French city's world-class reputation for wine to attract other investment with the Magnetic Bordeaux campaign. He talks to Courtney Fingar.

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Attali says French reforms will pay off

French economist, writer, political adviser and senior civil servant Jacques Attali tells Courtney Fingar why he backs president Emmanuel Macron's reform plans, and explains why adult education is one of the most important areas of reform.

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Basque Country development chief hopes tax breaks will power energy investment

Courtney Fingar talks to Arantxa Tapia, minister for economic development and infrastructure of the Basque Country, about the challenges of generating enough renewable energy to meet the needs of its substantial industrial sector.

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Unctad senior director reports FDI fall for 2017

Dr James Zhan, senior director of the investment and enterprise division at Unctad, discusses the findings of the World Investment Report – released on June 6, 2018 – with Courtney Fingar.

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Grape expectations: how Bordeaux went from 'Sleeping Beauty' to FDI hotspot

Bordeaux enjoys the many tourists and the association with quality that its eponymous wine brings, but the French city is busy developing business clusters in other sectors – and is attracting plenty of investment, as Courtney Fingar discovers.

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Lille: success by design

When Lille beat Sydney to be named World Capital of Design 2020, a few eyebrows were raised. But locals say the French city’s combination of a pleasant environment, well connected location and hi-tech expertise will keep it in the spotlight. Courtney Fingar reports. 

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Kharkiv looks to challenge eastern Ukraine preconceptions

The city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine has managed to shield itself from the separatist violence in the region and is now redoubling its efforts to attract foreign investment through imaginative cultural offerings and drives to improve transparency and efficiency. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Slow but sure signs of change in Uzbekistan

After years of tight control, Uzbekistan is opening up, with president Shavkat Mirziyoyev committing to liberalising the economy and modernising the energy sector. It is a major change of approach and a process that is now “irreversible” says the government. Courtney Fingar reports

Inside fDi: Trade interference brings FDI/GDP divorce

The mostly harmonious union between FDI and GDP was shattered in 2017, as foreign investment figures fell despite a strong economic performance. As Courtney Fingar discovers, it turns out that GDP was seeing someone else: that harlot trade.

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Can Soria's hidden charms bring FDI to the Spanish province

Spain's Soria province is little-known even to many Spaniards but now local businesses and governments are taking the initiative to raise its profile to outside investors. Courtney Fingar reports.

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