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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.

Dalya Al Muthanna

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.

Marx Beltrão

Brazil tourism minister looks to seize on Olympic momentum

Brazil’s minster of tourism, Marx Beltrão, tells Courtney Fingar how the country plans to keep visitor numbers high after its hosting of the Olympics and the World Cup.

Hungary auto manufacturing

Orbán's Hungary defies the critics to draw in FDI

Hungary’s politics – perceived by some as insular – might have drawn flak, but they have certainly not deterred investors. Officials say the country’s stability is successfully attracting FDI as well as substantial reinvestment, while exports recently hit a high, as Courtney Fingar reports.  

Minsk, Belarus

Belarus looks towards life after sanctions

As tensions ease in its relationships with the EU and the US, Belarus is confident that it can leave recession behind now that sanctions against the country are being relaxed. Courtney Fingar reports

Allen Chastanet

Saint Lucia PM reveals four-pronged investment blueprint

Saint Lucia's prime minister, Allen Chastanet, tells Courtney Fingar about his ambitious plans to develop the island into a high-end tourist destination and an administrative hub for the Caribbean. 

Vladivostock Bridge

A distant dream: Putin plans to revitalise Russian Far East

Vladivostok in the Russian Far East lies more than eight hours away from Moscow by plane. However, it does sit within close proximity to key global economies such as China, Japan and South Korea, which is behind Vladimir Putin's drive to make the resource-rich region a centre of Russian social and economic development. Courtney Fingar reports.

Inside fDi: serious about start-ups? Then cut the coffee shops

Cities the world over are scrambling to attract start-ups in the hope that they'll be able to crown themselves 'the next Silicon Valley'. However, Courtney Fingar advises that no amount of chic coffee shops and quirky art galleries will have the same effect as the decidedly unsexy trinity of financial backing, the right technology and minimal red tape. 

Artur Mas

Catalonia presses its case

Artur Mas was president of Catalonia from 2010 until early 2016. On a visit to London he spoke to fDi about the region’s continued push for independence from Spain and what parallels could be drawn with Brexit and Scotland’s status within the UK.

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