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Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah

An unmissable opportunity? Ghana's burning oil ambitions

The recent discovery of oil and gas reserves in Ghana presents a huge opportunity for the country and investors. However, as its minister of petroleum, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, describes, the spectre of other resource-rich African countries that have suffered from the 'oil curse' will loom large in its economic strategy.

Ebola

Sierra Leone and Liberia fight with Ebola perceptions

The devastating effects of Ebola on Liberia and Sierra Leone have been displayed across news reports the world over, but while the situation regarding the disease has improved in both countries, convincing international investors that they are safe to return to either country is a tricky proposition.

Africa looks to step up its dispute resolution capabilities

Africa looks to step up its dispute resolution capabilities

With increased levels of investment into Africa, the number of legal disputes in the continent is also on the rise. These are largely resolved through arbitration and countries including Mauritius, South Africa, Rwanda and Nigeria are keen to foster expertise in this area so that they can capitalise on this lucrative new area of business. 

Breaking BITs

Breaking BITs: why are countries withdrawing from bilateral investment treaties?

Originally established to protect the interests of foreign investors in host countries, bilateral investment treaties are coming under fire, with many countries arguing that the balance has tipped too far in favour of the investor.

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Cuba starts attracting FDI

After the US lifted several of its significant restrictions on Cuba, foreign investors have moved in on the country.

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US government launches Africa campaign

In a bid to encourage US companies to take advantage of investment opportunities in Africa, the US government has launched a series of programmes aimed at facilitating investment in the continent. 

A taxing game

Are tax inversion-related relocations facing an uncertain future?

The wave of US companies relocating to Europe or the Caribbean for tax purposes is raising concerns among authorities in the country. And with the OECD looking to establish a coordinated international approach when it comes to corporate tax rates, are the days of tax inversion-inspired manoeuvring numbered?

A CFIUS blow

A CFIUS blow? Sany win rocks US investment arena

Will a first-round court victory for Chinese manufacturer Sany over the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US have implications for other foreign investors?

The worth of risk

Where to go, when to stay: the perils of risk assessment in 2014

Global instability is nothing new, but the past few years have seen numerous flashpoints come to the fore around the world. This leaves many companies in a quandary over whether to stay in an unsettled location, how to insure themselves, and how to keep the locals on side should they choose to stay put. 

Solo cities

Solo cities: why large US metropolitan areas need their own FDI strategy

With their huge economies and unique industrial structures, large US cities need their own bespoke FDI strategies, according to new reports from the Brookings Institute and the National League of Cities. 

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