Frontier Markets Report: Cuba
Obstacles and contradictions mar Cuba’s environment for foreign direct investment, but its market offers a wealth of opportunity.
Frontier Markets Report: Cuba
Ethiopia actively courts and sincerely welcomes foreign direct investment, but its early stage of development presents challenges.
The fast-growing nation is actively seeking FDI, but foreign investors must contend with endemic corruption and layers of bureaucracy.
QIB controls 43.5% of the Islamic banking market share in Qatar and 11.5% of the overall market and says that the long-term growth prospects remain promising.
Zambia offers a range of advantages and opportunities for foreign investors, but they may want to wait awhile until some risks play out.
Frontier Markets Report
Djibouti is a small country with ambitious plans, which it hopes to achieve by attracting large amounts of foreign direct investment.
Milestones | Middle East
The established pattern of falling Middle Eastern credit ratings that started in 2014 continued apace in February and early March of this year, as rating agencies issued further downgrades of governments in the region.
With oil revenues plunging, Ghana seeks to boost the inflow of foreign direct investment.
The republic of Trinidad and Tobago girds for austerity as oil brings in less foreign exchange.
Dealmaking | Capital Markets
Global merger and acquisition prospects for 2016 seem likely to exceed the pace of activity in 2015, although the reasons are likely to differ from region to region.
Bulgaria’s multilingual workforce attracts foreign investors, but corruption is a problem.
He has become the face of Puerto Rico’s woes, warning in media interview after interview of its inability to pay its bills and serving as the island’s bearer of bad financial news.
Montenegro tries to keep the foreign direct investment environment as simple as possible.
An analytical exercise that was moderately popular before the financial crisis has become a mandatory task in the post-crisis years.
Guatemala’s political turmoil, with parties deadlocked in Parliament, a runoff election looming and corruption scandals exploding, means the government will operate in a kind of suspended animation until 2016.
After years of stagnation, Jamaica’s economy appears to be headed up. Debt reduction is a good start.
Wedged between Brazil and Argentina—two neighbors with serious economic problems—Uruguay is an attractive foreign direct investment alternative in Latin America.
Q&A with Moataz Natafji, general manager, BLOM Development Bank, the Islamic subsidiary of BLOM Bank, Beirut, Lebanon
Q&A with Mike Maguid Abdelaaty, president, American Finance House Lariba, Whittier, California
Frontier Markets Report | Myanmar is wide open in terms of investment prospects, and its opportunities are luring investors—despite the risks.
Frontier Markets Report | Oman
The sultanate’s proximity to the Gulf has long been an attraction. But with war in neighboring Yemen, its location could be a drawback.
The drop in oil prices is having varied effects in the Middle East. How countries respond could determine their long-term prospects.
Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds are notoriously secretive in terms of their investments and strategy. So what will they do in response to the oil price drop?
With a broad-ranging project such as Global Finance’s annual Middle East supplement, success means providing clear insights and stripping away layers of confusion and misunderstanding.
Interviews with the CEO's of Al Ahli Bank, Gulf Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, and Qatar National Bank
Frontier Markets Report | Jordan
Jordan is working hard to build its attractiveness to foreign investors, but regional instability presents a serious downside.
Frontier Markets Report | Costa Rica
Costa Rica has a long history of actively and successfully seeking outside investment. However, the country is dealing with high unemployment and an uncertain fiscal outlook, given that the government plans to ramp up spending on social programs, which could raise the debt level.
The global financial crisis and several factors peculiar to Georgia have affected foreign direct investment inflows, but investors willing to deal with tensions and risks will find opportunities.
Netherlands | Milestone
As a part of the restructuring agreement between ING, the Dutch government and the European Commission, ING agreed to several of what it called “bans,” according to an email sent by a company spokesman to Global Finance
Pakistan | Frontier Markets Focus
Pakistan’s ability to attract both foreign direct and domestic investment fell dramatically during the past decade. Some of the reasons why still apply.
Corporate Tax | Management
Approximately 500 American companies operate in Argentina—but on November 3 that number abruptly decreased by one as the country’s tax authority, the Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (AFIP) revoked the company’s registration, accusing P&G of tax and accounting fraud.
Frontier Markets Focus | Romania
Romania aggressively pursues foreign direct investment by providing a number of incentive programs. But international investors should approach each one carefully.
MILESTONES | TANZANIA
Plans by Tanzania’s Capital Markets and Securities Authority to dispense with the 60% foreign ownership limit in stocks listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange could bring positive results in the short and medium term for Africa’s capital markets.
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT | KAZAKHSTAN
Kazakhstan is rife with investment opportunities, but companies must be aware of the country’s regional commitments and business climate.
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT | MOROCCO
Morocco boasts solid outward FDI, geopolitical stability and proximity to key markets, but corruption is commonplace.
The aftermath of Argentina’s so-called default on July 31 doesn’t at all resemble the catastrophe accompanying its earlier default in 2002, when the country was unable to repay $100 billion of debt and the economy collapsed, costing millions of jobs.
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT | SLOVAKIA
Slovakia has moved resolutely to compete with other former Soviet-bloc nations for foreign direct investment.
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT: KUWAIT
Kuwaiti legislature has cut red tape and is offering more inducements for FDI. But is the rest of the regime on board?
Sri Lanka has an open business environment, but challenges—not least its recovery from the civil war that ended in 2009—remain.
Mozambique’s future rests on monetizing reserves of coal, natural gas, titanium and other minerals.
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT
Vietnam has great potential, but it also has significant hurdles to overcome to improve its business climate for foreign investors. Given the government’s dominance of industries such as agriculture, utilities and banking, those looking to invest must be prepared for the challenge.
A BATTLE, NOT A WAR By Arthur Clennam and Al Emid Asian central banks’ reactions to global monetary intervention will be muted. But weakening currencies are problematic for local business. As in physical conflict, no two wars ...