Latest articles from Tom Blass

Wallonia's reinvention

The Wallonia region in Belgium has remarketed itself to attract new partners and investor companies, and is carving a niche as a hub for pharmaceuticals and life sciences investment

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Investors remain positive over Tunisia

Foreign investors remain cautiously optimistic about Tunisia, despite the mass protests that recently led to the ousting of its president. There may be challenges ahead, but the country has the right ingredients to build a successful democracy, says Tom Blass

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Asean increases pressure to lift Myanmar sanctions

Asean wants economic sanctions against Myanmar to be lifted, but others want them strengthened. Deciding the best interests of the Burmese people is going to be a tough call, says Tom Blass

Stockholm: setting standards for Scandinavia and Europe

Stockholm's reputation for being a green, clean city with a high standard of living is well deserved, as is its status as a key hub of high-tech innovation. Tom Blass looks at the factors that give the city a head start when it comes to attracting investment.

A connected city: Stockholm pioneers high-speed, universal fibre-optic model

Stockholm's municipal fibre-optic network offers the city's population and companies total broadband coverage and some of the highest access speeds in the world, providing a big opportunity for knowledge-based businesses.

Kista cluster realises Sweden's high-tech vision

The new town of Kista, near Stockholm, has been developing for several decades as a hub for technology industries, especially telecoms.

Urban renewal project promises cash injection for Stockholm's life sciences

Stockholm Life, Sweden's largest ever construction project, heralds major investment in the city's life sciences sector, representing a big commitment from government, academia and the private sector

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Wallonia takes green IT initiative

The government of the Belgian region of Wallonia has joined forces with high-profile IT companies operating within its jurisdiction to make the industry more environmentally friendly

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Shale gas offers Poland a vision of energy-rich future

Polish and international companies are excitedly scrambling to investigate reports that the country could be sitting on $250bn reserves of shale gas. If true, exploiting such a resource could redraw the energy map of central and eastern Europe. However, some in Poland urge caution as there are cost, environmental and sovereignty issues to address.

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Easy business

The companies that led the way in setting up shop in RAS Al Khaimah are now thriving, taking full advantage of the support given by The Emirate’s investment agency, and, crucially, the absence of red tape. Tom Blass reports

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