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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 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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  • World FZO in association with ICA’s global Seminar series for Free Zone professionals was developed over the last ten years and is offered globally within World FZO’s network. It aims to further enhance and professionalize the services, expertise and capabilities of Free Zone professionals. During......

  • ICA’s COO, Chris Steele will be taking part in the Site Selector’s Round Table at this year’s Annual Conference. Economic development of a community inevitably goes through ups and downs; the key is having a team that sees the challenges, opportunities, and future areas of growth and......

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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

 

“Invest In” FTZ And SEZ Summit, Shanghai, 13 & 14 September 2017

Start date: September 13, 2017

End date: September 14, 2017

September 13 - 14, 2017 - Shanghai

CoreNet Global Summit – EMEA

Start date: September 12, 2017

End date: September 14, 2017

12 - 14 September, 2017 - London

Blurring the Lines: Transcending Boundaries

The world is drawn on maps with lines that divide countries, cultures, people, politics, economies and ideologies. Whether physical or virtual, real or perceived, the barriers that separate people and places are widely recognized as part of our personal and professional lives. But now more than ever, those walls are crumbling. Hard lines have softened. Rigid rules have been bent. Dramatic changes in technology have altered the structure of the enterprise. Blurring the Lines: Transcending Boundaries speaks to the shifting, changing boundaries of the world in which we partner, compete, and collaborate. These changes require transformational thinking and integrated solutions. Corporate real estate professionals must examine – and exploit – the many implications of blurred lines at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. The 2017 CoreNet Global Summits will explore ways you can transcend traditional boundaries through divergence. Find out more about this event at CoreNet.

Expo Real

Start date: October 4, 2017

End date: October 6, 2017

October 4 - 6, 2017 - Munich

EXPO REAL is Europe’s largest real estate and investment trade fair. It represents the whole supply chain of the international real estate sector—all the important sectors are there, from conception and design through investment and financing, realization and marketing to operation and use. Find out more about this event at EXPO REAL.

NAFTZ Annual Conference

Start date: October 22, 2017

End date: October 25, 2017

October 22 - 25, 2017 - San Diego, CA

 

Past Events

 

International FTZ Expo 2017

Start date: August 9, 2017

End date: August 11, 2017

August 9 - 11, 2017 - New Delhi

International Paris Air Show

Start date: June 19, 2017

End date: June 25, 2017

19 - 25 June, 2017 - Paris

The International Paris Air Show is organised by the SIAE, a subsidiary of GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association.
The 52nd  show will take place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions from 19 to 25 June 2017, and once again will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations. The first four days of the Show will be reserved for trade visitors, followed by three days open to the general public.
Find out more about this event at SIAE.

First European Investment Forum

Start date: June 21, 2017

End date: June 22, 2017

June 21 - 22, 2017 - Montevideo

Select USA Investment Summit

Start date: June 18, 2017

End date: June 20, 2017

June 18 - 20, 2017 - Washington DC

Meet the ICA team at Select USA Summit 2017

 

Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) is a global management advisory firm based in Boston, USA and headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our services include:

  • Location Strategies
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Incentive Strategies
  • Real Estate Optimization
  • Economic Development
  • Investment Promotion
  • Incentive Policy Design
  • FDI Advisory
  • Corporate Profiling
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Free Zone & Foreign-Trade Zone Advisory
  • Implementation & Management Support

Our knowledge of markets, of talent pools, infrastructure, governments, regulations, and our networks allow us to give our clients expert analysis and advice on where and how to grow and expand their business operations.

 

What opportunities do different US states offer and how can you benefit from these when entering the US market?

 

To learn more about how we can support your organization meet Christopher Steele, COO and Zoë van den Berghe, Director Business Development & Marketing at the summit.

 

To set up a meeting, simply respond to this email or visit us at our booth, number 550. We look forward to meeting you!

Mr. Christopher Steele
COO ICA North America
Email: chris@ic-associates.com
Mobile: +1 617 678 9800

Ms. Zoë van den Berghe
Director Marketing & Business Development ICA
Email: zoe@ic-associates.com
Mobile: +31 615 499 998 (NL)

World Free Trade Zone (China) Summit 2017

Start date: June 19, 2017

End date: June 20, 2017

June 19 - 20, 2017 - Hengqin

http://en.wftzsummit.com/Speaker/view-285.html

 

Laurens van der Schoor held a presentation on “How to Use FTZ Preferential Policy to Guide Financial Construction”, including Global Trends in FDI & New Forms Of Capital Investment and The Role of FTZs in Guiding Capital Investment at World Free Trade Zone (China) Summit 2017 on Monday June 19th.

 

The theme of Free Trade Zone (Hengqin) Summit 2017 is: The Development Trend of Chinese Free Trade Zones. During the summit, representatives from 11 Chinese pilot free trade zones and more than 20 international free trade zones will meet and discuss about the development of world free trade zones in the global background. Also, expert from research institutions, representative from investment enterprises will share their in-depth views on the free zone development and the prospect of Chinese pilot free trade zones.

 

Download the presentation here

Going Global FDI Expo

Start date: May 17, 2017

End date: May 18, 2017

17 - 18 May, 2017 - London

The Foreign Direct Investment Expo connects ambitious firms looking for new locations to base their businesses, with a wide set of regions, countries and cities offering a range of benefits and incentives to relocate. Oxford Intelligence will be exhibiting at this event. For more information and to register click here

World FZO Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE)

Start date: May 3, 2017

End date: May 6, 2017

May 3 - 6, 2017 - Cartagena

The World FZO Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) is the largest interactive gathering of free zone professionals and experts across the globe. AICE 2017 will tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities in the design of next generation free zones. Find out more about this event at AICE 2017.

Hannover Messe

Start date: April 24, 2017

End date: April 28, 2017

24 - 28 April, 2017 - Hannover

The age of Integrated Industry is standing at the door. Energy systems will be digitally controlled. Mature Industry 4.0 technologies are hitting the market. Hannover Messe will drive this development even further – with a record number of examples of concrete applications. Find out more about this event at Hannover Messe.

IME 2017

Start date: April 7, 2017

End date: April 8, 2017

April 7 - 8, 2017 - Frankfurt

The Investment Management Exhibition, scheduled from 07 to 08 April 2017, in Frankfurt/Germany, is a unique conference and exhibition at the same time, aiming to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), with a focus on PPP- Public Private Partnership and Economic free zones/industry parks.

The IME is the best opportunity to find financing for Public Private Partnerships Projects, through marketing your projects and networking with global decision-makers from both the public and private sectors.

Huge opportunities to attract operators, manufacturing, services, R&D and infrastructure FDI

It brings together some of the most influential countries and business communities to discuss and develop Public Private Partnership Projects.

The event will provide an unmatched platform for investment projects to be unveiled to over 300 prospective investors in Europe and beyond.

More information on IME 2017 here.

WFZC Qatar

Start date: April 5, 2017

End date: April 6, 2017

April 5 - 6, 2017 - Qatar

Throughout the world countries and regions need to source ways to counter dependence on traditional revenue sources. Primary, products in particular, are subject to fluctuations in supply and demand and alternatives are needed to avoid major reductions in spending plans and fiscal consolidation which can lead to a significant loss in foreign assets. These can take the form of special Zones, Parks or other Centres.

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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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Director Marketing & Business Development

 

+31 20 217 0116
+31 6 1549 9998
zoe@ic-associates.com

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Zoë van den Berghe
Director Marketing & Business Development

 

+31 20 217 0116
+31 6 1549 9998
zoe@ic-associates.com

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Zoë van den Berghe
Director Marketing & Business Development

 

+31 20 217 0116
+31 6 1549 9998
zoe@ic-associates.com

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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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Director Marketing & Business Development

 

+31 20 217 0116
+31 6 1549 9998
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