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Swedish companies in expansionary mode

A survey of Swedish finance chiefs found improved confidence and that they are now happier to invest capital rather than repay loans.

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Istanbul IPA elevates ‘one-stop shop’ concept

Turkey has unveiled Invest in Istanbul, an investment promotion agency that brings government departments and local business contacts together in one place, to ease the process for prospective investors. Courtney Fingar reports.

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Costa Rica plays to its strengths and develops talent

Jorge Sequeira, managing director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, CINDE, spoke to Courtney Fingar about its strategy of concentrating on the business and IT sectors, developing life sciences and manufacturing, and cooperating with businesses to ensure it can offer them the right skills.

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Thailand finds it’s third time lucky with Eastern Economic Corridor

After three attempts to attract investment for the Thailand 4.0 initiative, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appears finally to have found the right formula. Peter Janssen reports.

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Catalonia crisis unnerves business sector

The ongoing row over independence between the Spanish government and Catalonia is sparking an exodus of company headquarters from the region, with predictions of economic disruption for both parties if the dispute is not settled soon. Greg Campbell-Cohen reports.

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US Congress scrambles to approve tax reform

The Republicans are racing against time to meet an year-end deadline to push through a long-awaited overhaul of the national tax system. Philippa Maister reports. 

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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

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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 heads they choose to support.

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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.

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R&D spending rises despite protectionism worries

Leading global companies are increasing spend on R&D in spite of concerns regarding protectionist rhetoric in many significant economies, a report from PwC has found.

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