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Poland puts new emphasis on exports

In line with a government drive to support Polish companies’ exports and international activities, the country’s revamped investment agency is adding a trade pillar to its functions. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Osaka pins hopes on Expo opportunity

The Japanese city of Osaka has ambitions to slip-stream on Tokyo’s hosting the 2020 Olympics by putting on the global Expo five years later, reports Courtney Fingar.

a micro focus

Armenia finance minister seeks to move on from macro stability

Since 2014, Armenia has had to contend with currency depreciation, tumbling remittances and the impact of tensions between Russia and Europe. Finance minister Vardan Aramyan tells Courtney Fingar that now the country has achieved macro stability, it is planning micro-level reforms.

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Bilbao mayor looks to build on smart technology

Hit by high unemployment levels among its younger population, Bilbao's mayor, Juan Maria Aburto, tells Courtney Fingar how the city is looking to the digital sector and tourism to reverse its fortunes.

past masters

Armenia tourism drive cashes in on ancient assets

Armenia aims to exploit its ancient heritage – which includes a civilisation that predates the Egyptian pyramids – and its wine-making expertise to further boost its nascent tourist industry. Courtney Fingar reports. 

Inside fDi: Why the tourism industry is finally going places

As protectionist policies prevail in many global economies, Courtney Fingar provides a timely reminder that the world is getting smaller in other ways, as shown by the rise to prominence of tourism in recent years.

Klaudia Szemerey Pataki

Kecskemét hits the right notes to become Hungary FDI hub

According to its mayor, Hungary’s Kecskemét has attracted major companies such as Mercedes-Benz with its flexible, creative and productive workforce. This is thanks to an educational system that combines the Kodály method with a strong vocational focus, she tells Courtney Fingar. 

Karen Karapetyan

Armenia PM targets public-friendly reform

Armenian prime minister Karen Karapetyan wants his government to create an environment that welcomes creative and entrepreneurial minds. But, as he tells Courtney Fingar, he is also determined to ensure that the country’s population is on board with whatever changes lie ahead.

Inside fDi: May we live in less interesting times

To say it has been an eventful 12 months would be an understatement. Yet amid Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism and protectionism, demonised multinationals and under-pressure IPAs the world over have been upping their game and getting business done. Courtney Fingar looks on in awe.

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View from the C-suite: The key to GE

Attracting a company of the calibre of GE to a country is a goal for most destinations. Courtney Fingar talks to GE's president of Gulf operations, who explains the company's strategy to find the perfect match.

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