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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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UNWTO secretary-general puts employment first

Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organization, talks to Courtney Fingar about job creation and identifying the latest tourism hotspots. 

Inside fDi: It's skills that will kill the robot uprising

The robots are coming! Populist politicians the world over are raging against various threats to blue-collar jobs, from globalisation to those darned robots. However, says Courtney Fingar, artificial intelligence will still be reliant on the real thing, and those areas that provide these skills will have the least to fear from our new robo-overlords. 

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Osaka presses ahead with urban regeneration plans

Several large-scale urban development projects are underway in Osaka to cater to a growing population living downtown and boost the city’s status as a business destination and knowledge hub

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FDI stages a comeback in Spain

The political situation in Catalonia has failed to derail Spain’s economic recovery. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Braga brings out the young guns to attract Accenture

A large population of under-30s was a major pull for Accenture when it chose Braga in Portugal for its latest tech services centre. Strong links with local universities and a receptive local investment agency were also key factors, as Courtney Fingar reports.

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Kyrgyzstan’s deputy tourism minister dreams big

Azamat Jamankulov, Kyrgyzstan’s deputy minister of culture, tourism and information, and its head of the department of tourism, tells Courtney Fingar about his country’s opportunities for travel industry investment.

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