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Cyprus eyes energy hub status

Cyprus eyes energy hub status

With its deep-water natural gas resources and potential to be a major provider of solar power, Cyprus is positioning itself as an energy hub within the eastern Mediterranean.

Renewable demand rises as appetite dips

Renewable energy demand rises as appetite dips

Renewable energy has become big business in recent years, both in developed markets – where many companies use it as a cheap 'off-grid' option – and developing markets, where it is widely viewed as a long-term solution to electricity supply problems. However, is commitment to this source of energy weakening among the world's governments?

Francois Hollande

France's split personality

France tends to conjure up images of industrial unrest and high taxes, but also of a highly educated workforce and an innovative approach to business. Both views are equally valid, but after a sluggish few years the country is hoping to play to its traditional strengths to draw in investment.

On top of the world: Frankfurt’s financial centre is globally renowned

Hessen's strength in depth

Located at the heart of Europe and housing one of the world's busiest airports, the German region of Hessen ticks plenty of boxes for would-be foreign investors. Add to that mix a vibrant ICT sector, a world-renowned financial services industry and a workforce that is as skilled as it is large, and it becomes apparent why Hessen has been a star FDI performer over the past few decades.

Smart cities: clever strategies to make them work
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Smart cities: clever strategies to make them work

With just a handful of 'smart' cities across the world, the concept is still in its infancy. But while there may not be clear a blueprint for success, some cities are already reaping positive economic rewards for their smart thinking.

MENA logisitics on right track

MENA logistics on the right track

Renewed investment in infrastructure in the Middle East and north Africa region is boosting inwards investment in the logistics sector. 

The big score

The big score: how host countries benefit from sporting events

There is nothing like the buzz of a major sporting event to spark the feel-good factor in a host location. But is it possible to capitalise on this positive mood and turn it into something more sustainable that can encourage inward investment?

Wallonias aerospace sector flies high

Wallonia’s aerospace sector flies high

Wallonia’s reputation as a destination for avionics innovation is gathering pace, as infrastructure develops around its aerospace cluster and links are forged between research and business.

Wallonia's health focus

Wallonia's health focus

Wallonia’s strong support for innovation, along with its convenient location and well developed infrastructure, have made it a thriving hub for the pharmaceutical industry

New markets for life sciences sector

New markets for life sciences sector

While the US continues to take the lion’s share of investment and projects in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, locations in Asia and Europe are increasingly attracting the attention of investors. 

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