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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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  • 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......

  • Our Chris Steele and WAVTEQ’s Mary Hebert will be presenting theIEDC Annual Conference in Toronto.   By talking about incentives and their role in FDI, Chris and Mary will showcase some innovative new practices and talk about what works and what doesn’t.  Please make sure......

  • ICA will provide a workshop on Free Zones at the Third Annual “Invest In” FTZ and SEZ Summit in Shanghai on 13 & 14 September 2017. Invest In, as China’s leading provider of outbound investment news and information, has for several years been the go-to......

  • The World FZO Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) took place in Cartagena, 3 -5 May 2017. The largest interactive gathering of free zone professionals and experts across the globe, aimed to tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities in the design of next generation free......

  • On Saturday April 1st, ICA in collaboration with WAVTEQ, hosted a workshop “How can FDI be used to develop location competitiveness?”. The workshop provided investment promotion and economic development practitioners with a detailed understanding of how FDI can contribute to competitiveness with practical policy implications. Dowload a......

  • Dr. Douglas van den Berghe shared his knowledge and ideas on “Technology incubators – commercialising S&T innovations – creating new services to tenants to make Zones more attractive as locations for inward investments” during the 15th Word Free Zone Convention 2017 Conference & Exhibition in......

  • [March 30th 2017] Investment Consulting Associates and WAVTEQ are pleased to announce a new joint marketing service offering to help set up, organize and promote Free Zones around the globe.   The two firms have a long history of successful collaboration, including the world leading......

  • On Saturday April 1st, ICA’s CEO, Dr. Douglas van den Berghe will co-host a workshop “How can FDI be used to develop location competitiveness?”. The workshop will provide investment promotion and economic development practitioners with a detailed understanding of how FDI can contribute to competitiveness......

  • Chris Steele and Collin Perciballi of our team will be attending the Cargo Logistics Canada conference in Vancouver from February 8-9.  The conference is Canada’s largest conference on freight movement, logistics, and global value chains, and features sessions and exhibits from across Canada and around......

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Publications

 

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 chris.steele@cwsgrp.com and Twitter at @cwsgroup Click Here.

 

Reports

 

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

 

Canadian FDI Forum Québec City, Canada

Start date: October 22, 2017

End date: October 24, 2017

October 22 - 24, 2017 - Quebec

NAFTZ Annual Conference

Start date: October 22, 2017

End date: October 25, 2017

October 22 - 25, 2017 - San Diego, CA

 

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”

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

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

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

September 20, 2016

21 September, 2016 - London

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 LocationSelector.com

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 – LocationSelector.com

10/08/2012 – ICA Brazil

09/27/2012 – ICA Merger

02/10/2012 – Global SEZ Summit

12/14/2011 – LocationSelector.com

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 – ICAincentives.com

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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+31 6 1549 9998
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+31 20 217 0116
+31 6 1549 9998
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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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