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Ali Ahmad Osmani
From Locations

Afghanistan energy minister looks to reassure investors on security

Despite abundant domestic resources, Afghanistan still imports about 80% of its energy as investors stay away from what they still consider a high-risk location. But the situation is changing and the government can now guarantee the safety of a project, energy and water minister Ali Ahmad Osmani tells Jacopo Dettoni. 

Vietnam production
From Locations

Global investment climate faces a stormy outlook for 2017

Political uncertainties are weighing on global crossborder investment, and Unctad estimates global FDI will have fallen 10% to 15% in 2016. Meanwhile, FDI into south-east Asia remains strong, and both Africa and the Middle East are slowly recovering. Jacopo Dettoni and Sebastian Shehadi report.

Duterte and Abe
From Locations

Philippines’ Duterte causes mixed feelings as he pivots towards Asia

The Philippines’ volatile president Rodrigo Duterte has turned towards Asia to strengthen regional ties, at the expense of established US trade relations. As his country continues to attract mounting levels of FDI, this foreign policy shift is reflected in the emergence of Asian investors as a dominant source of capital, as Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

From Locations

Italy plunges back into uncertainty

Whatever happens in Italy after the resignation of prime minister Matteo Renzi, investors are eagerly awaiting a fix for the ailing banking sector.

From Locations

Philippines aims to cut red tape and attract new FDI

FDI inflows to the Philippines have grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, yet the country continues to lag behind its neighbours, central bank governor Amando Tetangco, Jr, tells fDi.

Yokohama port
From Locations

As Abenomics shows signs of strain, will Japan unlock growth potential?

Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe has attempted to lift the economic stagnation that has afflicted the country in recent years with his 'Abenomics' reform policy. Jacopo Dettoni examines why, after some early success, the plan is showing signs of strain.

Japan tourism
From Locations

Booming tourism broadens scope for FDI into Japan

Annual visitors to Japan look set to exceed the 20 million mark for the first time ever in 2016, creating new tourism investment opportunities, as Jacopo Dettoni reports. 

Hiroyuki Ishige
From Locations

Jetro chief sets sights on a more investable Japan

With the Abe government aiming to increase Japan's stock of FDI to Y35,000bn by 2020, business and immigration reforms are a key pillar of its strategy to improve the business environment for foreign investors, as Hiroyuki Ishige, CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization, tells Jacopo Dettoni.

Air Liquide Japan
From Locations

Japan seeks to maximise R&D potential

Japan has been at the forefront of technological development for years, and hopes a new incentive programme to lure foreign investors into setting up local R&D operations will ensure it reaps the rewards of this fertile environment. 

Japan - Suzuki
From Locations

Abe’s FDI bet yet to pay dividends

Shinzo Abe’s government is striving to lift barriers to foreign investment in Japan, and Asian investors are already making the most of the improving business environment. However, as Jacopo Dettoni reports, overall business sentiment among foreign investors remains subdued, although gradually improving. 

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