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  • East Asian instability and the North Korea question
    North Korea’s nuclear arms testing has led to ramped-up sanctions against the country – but also unintended consequences in neighbouring China. It is a reminder to business and political leaders that risks are hard to assess but easy to spread, a…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 10:57am -
  • Israeli FDI set for record year in 2017
    Investment into Israel reached its highest since 2003, with another quarter still to go. Cara Lyttle reports.
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 10:44am -
  • Is Kazakhstan's new financial centre for real?
    The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) is about to come to life backed by international big names like Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Kazakh authorities have high ambitions, but past failures call for prudence, writes George Volos…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 7:06am -
  • Canada's Nafta blues
    Although considerable progress has been made during the Nafta renegotiation talks, speakers at the Toronto Global Forum expressed concerns about anti-trade sentiment in the US and what it could mean for Canada
    - 7 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 6:40am -
  • Plus ça change? Reassessing the French investment opportunity
    Is it time to look at investing in France with new eyes? While foreign investment decrees in France have long been perceived as adverse, that view increasingly does not square with the emerging reality. French employment law is becoming easier to nav…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 6:19am -
  • Automotive components leading FDI sector in Americas by jobs created
    The automotive components sector added 11,800 jobs in the Americas in Q2, 2017
    - 10 days ago, 10 Nov 17, 6:01am -
  • US lawmakers look to impose Nicaragua sanctions
    The US has passed an act to cut Nicaragua's loans from international financial institutions. The move has enjoyed support from both sides of the political divide in the US, but critics are accusing the country's leaders of cherry-picking the national…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 7:48am -
  • Iraq's Kurdistan plunged into financial uncertainty
    The failed independence referendum and resignation of president Masoud Barzani have rocked the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Natasha Turak looks at how this could affect its investment potential.
    - 11 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 12:05pm -
  • Australia takes global lead for renewable electricity projects
    For the first eight months of 2017, Australia was the leading country in the world for number of renewable energy electricity projects, according to fDi Markets.
    - 18 days ago, 1 Nov 17, 12:58pm -
  • Australia rises to second most popular Asia-Pacific HQ destination
    Singapore has been the most popular Asia-Pacific headquarters location from 2014 onwards, according to fDi Markets, but Australia is closing the gap.
    - 18 days ago, 1 Nov 17, 12:41pm -

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    The Banker: World

    • Time to tackle the vexed question of European NPLs
      While proposals by Europe’s regulators to tackle the continent’s bad loans are already meeting resistance from some quarters. The issue must be tackled sooner rather than later.
      - 26 days ago, 25 Oct 17, 8:56am -
    • Top 200 Latin American Banks 2017: Brazil's banks in defiant mood
      While Brazil's banks appear to have ridden out the country's recession, lenders from Chile and Argentina also make strong showings in the The Banker's Top 200 Latin American Banks ranking. However, uncertainty around Nafta continues to pose problems…
      - 26 days ago, 24 Oct 17, 1:40pm -
    • GTBank chief seeks to lead Nigeria in SMEs and digital
      Guaranty Trust Bank chief executive officer and managing director Segun Agbaje tells James King about its expansion plans, with a focus on digital and SME business, and why he backs more relaxed monetary policy in Nigeria.
      - 27 days ago, 24 Oct 17, 5:41am -
    • Belarus banks teeter on the brink of change
      High NPL levels, an economy in need of de-dollarisation and the prominence of state-owned institutions are behind moves to consolidate and improve Belarus's banking sector. However, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, the pace of change is not as fast as s…
      - 28 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 8:04am -
    • The new age of Santander
      Spain's Santander is moving into a new era as it targets larger earnings, improved customer loyalty and stronger governance. Silvia Pavoni looks at how the 160-year-old institution is planning to progress from a position of strength.
      - 28 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 7:49am -
    • IILM looks to bring cohesion to Islamic finance
      As a relatively young market, the Islamic finance sector has evolved in a fractured fashion. This has driven the establishment of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation to tackle the lack of high-quality liquid instruments in th…
      - 31 days ago, 20 Oct 17, 8:22am -
    • Belarus inches toward economic recovery
      Belarus is gradually coming out of recession though its public sector reforms are too slow for some. This, combined with high dollarisation, could restrict its growth, writes Stefanie Linhardt.
      - 31 days ago, 20 Oct 17, 4:42am -
    • Data protection rules set to clash with MiFID
      Disparate regulatory frameworks clashing is nothing new, but the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which was not drafted specifically with banks in mind, is going to clash with other frameworks such as MiFID II, writes Justin Pugsley.
      - 33 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 10:07am -
    • Commercial Bank of Qatar weathers GCC spat and oil price storms
      Joseph Abraham joined Qatar’s Commercial Bank as group CEO in 2016, after eight years as CEO of ANZ Indonesia, arriving at a time of low oil prices and regional tension. He tells Kit Gillet about efforts to refocus the bank, as well as finding oppo…
      - 33 days ago, 18 Oct 17, 8:45am -
    • Why the Dominican Republic remains well grounded
      The Dominican Republic has weathered regional recession and extreme weather to emerge as a Caribbean leader for GDP growth, driven by tourism. Government measures to strengthen both the economy and physical infrastructure have been recognised with a…
      - 35 days ago, 15 Oct 17, 10:30am -

    The Brookings Institute: FDI

    • FDI planning guide: A blueprint for metro teams pursuing global economic engagement

      FDI planning guide: A blueprint for metro teams pursuing global economic engagement

      Leaders in states, cities, and metropolitan areas across the country are exploring ways to help their firms and regional economies become more competitive through increased and more intentional global engagement. In 2011, the Brookings Institution…
      - 8 Jun 16, 12:00am -
    • Atlanta links international disputes and airport as runway to global services economy

      Atlanta links international disputes and airport as runway to global services economy

      Scanning the departures and arrivals board on the way home from launching metro Atlanta’s new foreign direct investment strategy under the Global Cities Initiative, it was easy to understand why local leaders remain focused on finding strategies…
      - 25 May 16, 1:45pm -
    • China’s pains over Zimbabwe’s indigenization plan

      China’s pains over Zimbabwe’s indigenization plan

      Zimbabwe clamped down with the enforcement of its controversial indigenization law—requiring foreign companies with assets of more than $500,000 to transfer or sell a 51 percent stake to indigenous Zimbabweans this month. The deadline of April 1…
      - 26 Apr 16, 11:35am -
    • China’s overseas investments in Europe and beyond

      China’s overseas investments in Europe and beyond

      Event InformationApril 25, 20162:30 PM - 4:00 PM EDTSaul/Zilkha RoomsBrookings Institution1775 Massachusetts Avenue NWWashington, DC 20036Register for the EventFor decades Chinese companies focused their international investment on u…
      - 25 Apr 16, 2:30pm -
    • Does the ‘foreign’ in ‘foreign direct investment’ matter?

      Does the ‘foreign’ in ‘foreign direct investment’ matter?

      It is seemingly easy to make the case for why metro areas should dedicate resources to attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). Foreign-owned firms pay 20 percent higher wages, on average, than their domestic peers. They also invest more in R&D…
      - 14 Jan 16, 10:57am -
    • Unilever and British American Tobacco invest: A new realism in Cuba

      Unilever and British American Tobacco invest: A new realism in Cuba

      The global consumer products company Unilever Plc announced on Monday a $35 million investment in Cuba’s Special Development Zone at Mariel. Late last year, Brascuba, a joint venture with a Brazilian firm, Souza Cruz, owned by the mega-conglomer…
      - 14 Jan 16, 12:00am -
    • The road ahead in Venezuela: Navigating through a rough sea of economic crisis

      The road ahead in Venezuela: Navigating through a rough sea of economic crisis

      By the time the 112 representatives of the Venezuelan opposition walk into the National Assembly on January 5, the party will be over. On December 6, the coalition of political parties and civil movements grouped under the umbrella of Mesa de la U…
      - 4 Jan 16, 10:21am -
    • Metro areas merge export and FDI strategies

      Metro areas merge export and FDI strategies

      Exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) are inextricably linked, as we’ve written about in several recent pieces: The economic clusters that generate exports also attract FDI; mergers and acquisitions account for the majority of FDI and the…
      - 29 Dec 15, 10:00am -
    • Metro areas target true global specializations to accelerate foreign investment

      Metro areas target true global specializations to accelerate foreign investment

      Economic development organizations often talk of competing for foreign direct investment. But arguably, the best form of FDI requires little competition at all. Instead, firms are drawn to a metro area not by low costs or incentives, but by the re…
      - 4 Dec 15, 11:00am -
    • Understanding FDI spillover mechanisms

      Understanding FDI spillover mechanisms

      Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been praised as an important development tool, especially for countries at low levels of industrial development. Attracting multinational enterprises (MNEs) is seen as a means of introducing high-capability firm…
      - 19 Nov 15, 2:30pm -

    The World Bank: MIGA Blogs

    • Every Life, Every Brick Matters!

      Every Life, Every Brick Matters!

      Editor’s note: MIGA staffer Dessislav Dobrev recently returned from Nepal where he had been conducting due diligence for an energy project when the earthquake hit. These are his reflections.It was just over a week ago. The streets of Kathmandu ec…
      - 5 May 15, 11:07am -
    • Reflections on Investment Prospects for Countries Facing Fragility and Conflict

      Reflections on Investment Prospects for Countries Facing Fragility and Conflict

      Facilitating investments into Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCS) is one of the most important strategic pillars in MIGA’s Strategy. In an effort to further expand MIGA’s support in FCS countries, I recently visited Burundi, South Sudan,…
      - 23 Mar 15, 4:11am -
    • Vroom Vroom: Brazil leading the pack in infrastructure financing innovation for safer and more resilient transport
      How can we get much more private sector funds to infrastructure financing? The infrastructure gap is enormous and growing; governments are just not be able to go it alone. Innovation here is key.The World Bank, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee…
      - 5 Dec 14, 11:30am -
    • Winning the Game of Mining Taxation

      Winning the Game of Mining Taxation

      The last few years have brought an uptick in the number of mining investments that have been the subject of disputes between investors and governments. This trend is of considerable concern to the players in the sector across the globe. Yet, ther…
      - 7 Nov 14, 10:08am -
    • Are Rates of Return in Places that are Fragile and Affected by Conflict Really Higher?

      Are Rates of Return in Places that are Fragile and Affected by Conflict Really Higher?

      Supporting populations in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCS) is a key priority for the World Bank Group.  The Group’s President, Jim Yong Kim, has repeatedly stressed the importance of finding ways to bring sustainable peace and devel…
      - 18 Jun 14, 12:02pm -
    • Agricultural FDI: Risky Business?
      Al-Arabiya reported a few weeks ago that the political crisis in Ukraine and Russia is threatening the availability of food in Egypt and Jordan. Food prices becoming hostage to political crises is certainly not a new phenomenon: food plays an import…
      - 22 May 14, 10:30am -
    • Let the lights shine, hopefully for 24 hours a day (as needed)

      Let the lights shine, hopefully for 24 hours a day (as needed)

      Growing up in war-torn Beirut, I experienced the Lebanese Civil War from a childlike perspective. I was in middle school at the time when a power outage lingered for months on end. Reviewing textbooks and doing homework at night was no easy task. Th…
      - 20 Dec 13, 9:28am -
    • “When the Tide Goes Out, You See Who’s Naked”

      “When the Tide Goes Out, You See Who’s Naked”

      Said Martin Sandbu, the FT economics writer that moderated the FT-MIGA Summit, Managing Global Political Risk, last week in London.    This is the fifth year that MIGA, the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank,…
      - 13 Dec 13, 10:30am -
    • Iberoamérica: Contribuyendo a la prosperidad a largo plazo de un continente

      Iberoamérica: Contribuyendo a la prosperidad a largo plazo de un continente

      Durante mi reciente viaje a España para representar MIGA en un foro sobre el futuro de las infraestructuras portuarias en Iberoamerica organizado por Tecniberia, tuve la oportunidad de comprobar y apreciar los grandes logros alcanzados por muchas n…
      - 23 Aug 13, 1:35pm -
    • Iberoamerica: Contributing to the long-term prosperity of a continent

      Iberoamerica: Contributing to the long-term prosperity of a continent

      During my recent business development trip to Spain to represent MIGA at a forum on Latin American port infrastructure organized by Tecniberia, I had an opportunity to see with my own eyes and appreciate the great achievements made by many Iberoamer…
      - 23 Aug 13, 11:09am -
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