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  • Adapting a policy tool from the Great Depression to modern times might not – at first blush – seem a great idea.  However, changes in foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign trade may have set the stage for exactly this kind of idea. The US......

  • I know you are all together now and I have been thinking to write this letter a long time and wanted to send it to Santa Claus as my wish list for 2017, but thought it may be best to send it directly to you.......

  • Governments of all types commonly use incentives of all kinds to try and draw new investment to their communities.  Training programs, infrastructure grants, and closing funds are all designed to enhance the community’s prospects in drawing new investment and new jobs.  However, these tools have......

  • We recently launched the AIM FDI Report 2016: “The Future of FDI” at the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai. The report was prepared by a team of professionals of Investment Consulting Associates (ICA). Based on preliminary FDI data from UNCTAD, global FDI flows increased with......

  • The looming decision on the UK’s continued membership in the European Union (EU), more commonly referred to as the “Brexit”, has politicians, citizens, and the business community wondering what exactly the implications are for the UK should it decide to leave. Concerning the movements of......

  • Just recently, I had the pleasure to shake hands with Mr. Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s Chief Globalization Officer. He highlighted some major (FDI) globalization trends, and I like to share with you the 10 most striking ones that are open for discussion: This will be the......

  • Over the last couple of years we have had the pleasure to run a number of workshops for the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) on investment aftercare around the world. FDI by existing investors is often neglected as an important source of FDI......

  • China’s Western Development Policy is aimed to unlock the economic potential of China’s Western and more remote regions. New highways, bridges, tunnels, (high-speed) rail connections and ports are proof of massive infrastructural investments by the central government. In addition, new schools, hospitals and affordable housing......

  • The Netherlands equals open economy. Its geographic location serves as an attractive hub for multinational companies moving products in and out of Europe. As a result, in 2008 the Netherlands was rated by the WTO as the fifth biggest exporter in the world only being......

  • A few days ago I read that Hankook Tires from South Korea will invest $1.2 bln in the Indonesian tire industry. In addition, Indonesia’s investment agency expects up to $10 billion of investment from South Korea in the next four years. Quite a welcoming investment......

  • Opening up a closed economy to the world is a process that needs close attention by the national government. Not only to orchestrate the economic development of their country best, but also to provide transparency and a clear direction to foreign investors.The pace of opening......

  • In 2005 Goldman Sachs posed the question: “Which countries will be the next BRIC’s?” Their Global Economics Paper No. 153, identified 11 countries that could rival the G7 over time, even if they lack the scale to become the next BRICs. The countries they identified included Bangladesh, Egypt,......

  • One month ago, I started a discussion “Which indicators can be used to forecast wages in emerging markets over the next 5-10 years” on our “FDIexecutive” LinkedIn group as well as the LinkedIn Group from the “Economist Intelligence Unit”. This issue came to the surface as ICA......

  • In a series of blog posts discussing the competitiveness of the U.S. for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), we are continuing the conversation with this topic: the market voices. The U.S. suffered hard during the latest economic downturn. Even today a lot of uncertainty concerning the economic......

  • In our series regarding the US competitiveness for FDI, we began examining the different drivers behind corporate FDI decisions, followed by a closer look of different views and opinions by various subject matter experts addressing these FDI drivers. Now we continue our assessment with a......

  • A much heard statement in the media nowadays is that the US is steadily losing ground to emerging and developing economies if it comes to locating manufacturing business activities. In contrast, we also saw increasing anecdotal evidence of a trend which is called “re-shoring”, which......

  • Reno, NV has lured Tesla’s $5 billion Gigafactory in part due to a record-setting incentive package worth $1.25 billion. That’s more than double the $500 million that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk had originally targeted during the bidding war that took place between Nevada, California, Texas,......

  • Introduction With all of the discussion of mega clusters and urban advantage, what role can rural communities hope to have in the economic future? How can communities that are not city-based make the most of their natural assets, and plan for economic sustainability? We at......

  • The recovery becomes the problem. The Great Recession of 2008 and the subsequent recovery have created an interesting confluence of events. Many companies held off on making location and other real estate decisions for almost seven years. Now, with increased economic opportunity, these same companies......

  • In a series of FDI blog posts discussing the competitiveness of the US for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), we are continuing the conversation with this topic. Four General Motives for Companies to Engage in FDI Market seeking Resource seeking Efficiency seeking Strategic asset seeking  ......

  • It is now two years ago when we successfully launched our location benchmarking tool LocationSelector at a number of events and institutions around the world. Our audience largely consisted of corporate senior management and economic developers. During our presentation we presented the competitiveness for Foreign Direct Investment......

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  • The Role of Marketing and Communications in Investment Promotion: How to Influence the Investment Decision Process. The workshop will be facilitated by ICA’s  Zoë Harries and Laurens A van der Schoor. This workshop will address how companies make investment decisions and how investment promotion agencies influence......

  • Brought to you by: Investment Consulting Associates, Dezan Shira & Associates & KLR   China has held the world’s imagination for centuries as a center for trade and globalization. More recent trends in offshoring and global supply chains have reinforced this global powerhouse’s strengths in......

  • ICA’s Chris Steele will be present at the Cargo Logistics Canada Expo + Conference in Vancouver from February 6-7. Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference is North America’s only multimodal show, drawing 2,500+ delegates from across all supply chain sectors annually. Chris will be heading......

  • As one of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Arab Emirates introduced Value-Added Tax (VAT) across the country on January 1st, 2018 at a standard rate of 5%. This introduction of VAT in the UAE may considerably impact the competitiveness of the......

  • Meet ICA’s Chris Steele at Convergx in Calgary, Canada on February 8. Convergx is the First Global Defence and Energy Conference to create investment and growth opportunities between the Energy, Aerospace, Defence & Security Sectors. Chris is a speaker on the ‘’Beyond Borders’’ panel on......

  • The European Commission (EC) released the first ever European Union (EU) list of 17 non-cooperative tax jurisdictions on 5 December 2017. The EC’s motivation for compiling this list is multi-fold but primarily concerns improving global standards of tax transparency, fair tax competition, and taxation of......

  • Our COO, Chris Steele, recently spoke at the second annual Area Development Canadian Consultants on Foreign Direct Investment. The event – which was held from October 22-24 in Quebec – examined the foreign direct investment trends affecting Canada, as well as other global trends in site......

  • ICA’s Laurens van der Schoor presented on what companies look for when settling in Free Trade Zones during the 21st Conference for the Free Economic Zones of the America’s in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The presentation addressed current trends and development in Free Trade......

  • ICA and WAVTEQ thank you for attending our session at IEDC’s Annual Conference in Toronto. Feel free to download a complimentary copy of the presentation “How to engage with site selection consultants to secure investment referrals and negotiate on incentives” here.  ...

  • Our Boston office will be moving to a new location as of October first. We will be relocating from the suburbs right into the bustling Back Back of Boston.  Please reach out and then visit us at Spaces, located at 359 Newbury St, Boston, MA......

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Van den Berghe, D. (2016), UNIDO Article: Participants at Vienna event highlight role of quality foreign direct investment for growth, value addition and industrial development


Van der Schoor, L. & Guruswamy, M. (2016), World FZO Research Article: Incentives Awarded across Free Zones – Confirming the Transition to Free Zones of the Future


Van der Schoor, L. & Guruswamy, M. (2016), World FZO Bulletin: Free Zones of the Future as Opportunity to Reposition Free Zones in Global Value Chains


Van der Schoor, L. & Van den Berghe, D. (2016), AZOFRAS Article: Free Zones and Incentives – Towards a Next Generation


Van den Berghe, D. & Van der Schoor, L. (2015), World FZO Bulletin: The Role of Free Zones Incentives in Corporate Investment Decisions


Steele, C. & Van der Schoor, L. (2015), Area Development Online Article: Well-Designed Incentives: Not a Zero-Sum Game


Green, R. (2015), Area Development Online Article: Renewed Expansion for Renewables Industry


ICA’s Incentives Transparency Index in State of the States (2015), Site Selection Magazine


Steele, C. & Green, R. (2014), Area Development Online Article: Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment


The Global Best to Invest Report (2014), Site Selection Magazine


Steele, C. (2013), Area Development Online Article: The Bi-Coastal Gateway to North America


Scenario Internationaal Ondernemen maart 2013, Douglas van den Berghe, CEO, Investment Consulting Associates Click Here.


The Global Best to Invest Report (2013), Site Selection Magazine


Van den Berghe, D. & Van der Schoor, L. (2013), Background Paper for Eight Columbia International Investment Conference: Investment Incentives: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Assessing the costs, benefits and options for policy reform


The Global Best-to-Invest Rankings (2012), Site Selection Magazine


Steele, C. (2011), Area Development Online Article: Canadian Logistics – Thinking Globally, Acting Locally


Steele, C. (2010), Area Development Online Article: The Logistics Advantages North of the U.S. Border


Manufacturing- The American Prodigal Son? Christopher Steele – President, CWS Consulting Group LLC and Twitter at @cwsgroup Click Here.




Revival of United States as Economic Power House – U.S. FDI Competitiveness Report 2011 Click Here.


Port Study 2009 – White Paper on Competitiveness Europe and Middle East”
Given the world economy of today ports have become hubs in linking global trade and foreign direct investment. As such ports and their surrounding business parks are crucial for the competitiveness of countries and regions. This white paper assesses the competitiveness of European and Middle Eastern ports – through a Port Competitiveness Index (PCI). The approach taken is unique as they integrate multiple aspects of competitiveness: tax, transfer pricing, legal, customs and the general business environment. View Extract.

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Upcoming Events


Hannover Messe

Start date: April 23, 2018

End date: April 27, 2018

23 April - 27 April, 2018 - Hannover

Hannover Messe

4th World FZO Annual Conference

Start date: April 30, 2018

End date: May 1, 2018

30 April - 1 May, 2018 - Dubai

4th World FZO Annual Conference

IAMC Spring Forum

Start date: May 5, 2018

End date: May 9, 2018

5 May - 9 May, 2018, 2018 - Savannah

IAMC Spring Forum

Kazansummit 2018

Start date: May 10, 2018

End date: May 12, 2018

10 May - 12 May, 2018 - Kazan

Kazansummit 2018

Going Global FDI Expo

Start date: May 16, 2018

End date: May 17, 2018

16 May - 17 May, 2018 - London

Going Global FDI Expo

SIL 2018

Start date: June 5, 2018

End date: June 7, 2018

5 June - 7 June, 2018 - Barcelona

SIL 2018

IAMC London Forum

Start date: June 6, 2018

End date: June 8, 2018

6 June - 8 June, 2018 - London

IAMC London Forum

International Paris Air Show

Start date: June 17, 2018

End date: June 23, 2018

17 June - 23 June, 2018 - Paris

International Paris Air Show

SelectUSA Investment Summit

Start date: June 20, 2018

End date: June 22, 2018

20 June - 22 June, 2018 - Washington D.C.

SelectUSA Investment Summit

NAFTZ Annual Conference

Start date: September 16, 2018

End date: September 19, 2018

16 September - 19 September, 2018 - Atlanta, GA

NAFTZ Annual Conference


Past Events


World-Class Investment Conference at AIM 2016!

Start date: April 10, 2016

End date: April 12, 2016

11 April, 2016 - Dubai

Presentation for Free Zone executives: “Tapping into global value chains: Attracting investment to your free zone”

Date: May 8, 2016

9 May, 2016 - Dubai

Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors Annual Summit

Start date: May 18, 2016

End date: May 19, 2016

19 May, 2016 - Barnstable

Select USA’s Annual Investment Summit

Start date: June 18, 2016

End date: June 20, 2016

19 June - 21 June, 2016 - Washington DC

UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum

Start date: July 16, 2016

End date: July 21, 2016

17 July - 22 July, 2016 - Nairobi

Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) annual forum

Start date: July 30, 2016

End date: August 1, 2016

31 July - 02 August, 2016 - Kansas City

TrustBelt Conference

Start date: August 6, 2016

End date: August 8, 2016

7 - 9 August, 2016 - Chicago

Chris Steele has been invited to speak at the TrustBelt conference in Chicago from August 7-9.  Chris will be participating in the workforce development roundtable for the conference, which explores the issues and opportunities around the economic rebirth and resurgence of the American Midwest. You can find out more about the conference at TrustBelt .

Great States Investment Summit

Start date: September 10, 2016

End date: September 13, 2016

11 - 14 September, 2016 - Dallas, TX

Great States Investment Summit

ICA’s COO Chris Steele has been invited to speak at the Great States Summit in Dallas, TX.  The Great States Investment Summit focuses on the trends and opportunities available in the American South, and this year’s conference will have an increased focus on innovation, FDI and America’s role in the global economy.  Chris will be helping to lead the conversation on FDI, open borders, and opportunities in the global economy. You can find out more about this event at Great State Summit.

Vienna Investment Conference

Start date: September 13, 2016

End date: September 14, 2016

14 - 15 September, 2016 - Vienna

Vienna Investment Conference

ICA’s CEO Douglas van den Berghe will participate in a panel session on investment promotion strategies for increasing skill and technology content of FDI in host countries at the Vienna Investment Conference from 14 to 15 September. You can find out more about the conference at Vienna Investment Conference.



fDi Forum 2016: Navigating the rocky global investment environment

Date: September 20, 2016

21 September, 2016 - London

fDi Forum 2016: Navigating the rocky global investment environment

fDi Forum 2016: Navigating the rocky global investment environment builds on the latest trends in the global investment market. It brings together a high-level strategic group of CEOs, CFOs, Managing Directors and other decision makers from the corporate sector, along with select representatives from the public sector and other experts in the field of cross-border investment, to debate the FDI environment, examine how to successfully navigate the challenges of investing in a new territory and consider what the vote for Brexit means for international investors. Speakers will explore the global economic outlook and investment trends; how investors from emerging markets can capitalise on global opportunities; the fallout from Brexit and other developments in the EU, and how they impact on investors; corporate views of the world; how SMEs can work with big firms to achieve mutually beneficial results; and global strategies for growth. The event also provides an opportunity to learn from the experts about how they achieved a successful investment. You can find out more about this event at fDi Forum 2016.

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05/02/2016 – World FZO Training Dubai

03/23/2016 – Join ICA Annual Investment Meeting Dubai

03/16/2016 – Chicago Program

02/29/2016 – Final Chance Register

11/09/2015 – Can Free Zones Turn Tide

09/25/2015 – Invitation Seminar Series Chicago

06/11/2015 – Upcoming FDIexecutive Seminar USA

03/31/2015 – Industry Collaboration Program

10/15/2014 – Have you maximized your Tax Incentives Potential

10/15/2014 – FDIexecutive Seminar Series

06/25/2014 – ICA Sells

04/07/2014 – ICA at AIM

12/11/2013 – Global Conferences

10/02/2013 – IEDC Conference

09/17/2013 – FDI Events Calendar

08/28/2013 – FDI Events Calendar

05/23/2013 – LocationSelector utilized by Site Selection Magazine

04/23/2013 – ICA presents vision on FDI destinations

03/29/2013 – ICA Incentives 2.0

10/09/2012 –

10/08/2012 – ICA Brazil

09/27/2012 – ICA Merger

02/10/2012 – Global SEZ Summit

12/14/2011 –

11/28/2011 – FDI in The New Iraq

11/17/2011 – ICA releases US FDI Competitiveness Report

09/13/2011 – Presentation US Global Competitiveness Report

09/13/2011 – Join ICA’s insights

09/05/2011 – Upcoming Webinar – Which US Communities Make Cut FDI

08/16/2011 – Explore Growth Opportunities Indian Energy Sector

07/28/2011 – ICA Partners with IBFD

05/26/2011 – Achieving Excellence

05/17/2011 – Increase your ROI

05/16/2011 –

05/09/2011 – Upcoming Webinar How Site Selectors are using GIS

04/22/2011 – Webinar Corporate Site Selection

03/24/2011 – Goldman Sachs Next Eleven

03/11/2011 – Trans-Atlantic Site Selection

02/14/2011 – Have You Maximized Your Incentive

03/29/2010 – ICA New Strategic Partner

02/08/2010 – Press Release ICA

02-08-2010 – ICA New Strategic Partner

02/08/2010 – ICA New Information Partner

11/12/2009 – Press Release ICA

07/07/2009 – Upcoming ICA Event Investment Hub of the Future

06/09/2009 – ICA Upcoming Seminar Investment Hotspots

04/23/2009 – ICA Current Events Free Zones and SCM

04/22/2009 – ICA expands in Vietnam

04/21/2009 – Launch FDIexecutive

04/15/2009 – ICA Expands

04/08/2009 – Invitation Global Sourcing and Location Choice Seminar at Nyenrode

01/26/2009 – LocationSelector

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How does FDI Figure into your economic development strategy?


Interview: Chris Steele
Regional Business Talk Network (RBTN)
24 December 2014


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World Cup 2010 South Africa: Changing FDI Perceptions?


Interview: Douglas van den Berghe
BBC Newshour, BBC World Service Radio
12 July 2010


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