Oman: Pivotal Position

Oman: Pivotal Position

Oman qualifies as the least known and understood of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, but its importance goes beyond its size.

Cuba: New President Must Juggle Party And State

Miguel Diaz-Canel, the newly elected President of Cuba has a full economic and political agenda, but only some of it is under his control. Some—including the overall business environment—remains under the control of Raul Castro, the country’s former president and ...

Algeria | No Welcome Mat

Algeria | No Welcome Mat

Serious problems detract from Algeria’s foreign direct investment appeal, although the government is making efforts to improve.


#10 Microfinance

Although its successes have been less far-reaching than hoped by some of its proponents, it does provide a response to the challenges to helping the impoverished gain access to financial services to increase their incomes and financial stability.

Bahrain Diversifies To Draw FDI

Bahrain Diversifies To Draw FDI

After ratings downgrades a year ago, the Kingdom of Bahrain has worked to diversify revenue sources while maximizing the benefits of its strong relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Slovenia: Arms Open Wide To The West

Slovenia: Arms Open Wide To The West

Slovenia recognizes the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) for its economy, according to the country’s Minister for Economic Development and Technology, and is working hard to draw interest from foreign investors. 

Uncertain Outlook After Castro’s Death

Several stresses and changes will suggest an uncertain economic outlook for Cuba this year, says Paolo Spadoni, author of “Failed Sanctions: Why the U.S. Embargo against Cuba Could Never Work.”


Tunisia’s Progress Stalls

Investors face economic uncertainty and jihadist threats, but the government has plans to attract more investment from foreign firms. 

Colombia: Unsettled After Voters Nix Peace

Columbian voters stunned observers on October 2 by rejecting the peace deal between the government of president Juan Manuel Santos and the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), despite a 52-year civil war that has claimed approximately 220,000 ...

Global FDI Tipped To Fall, But Africa Looks Promising

Combining pessimism with a moderate amount of optimism in its 2016 outlook for foreign direct investment, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) forecasts that total FDI flows will fall in 2016 compared with 2015, with the drop ...

Djibouti Aiming High

Frontier Markets Report
Djibouti is a small country with ambitious plans, which it hopes to achieve by attracting large amounts of foreign direct investment.

Middle East Region Staggers Under Ratings Downgrades

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.

Warm FDI Welcome In Ghana

With oil revenues plunging, Ghana seeks to boost the inflow of foreign direct investment.