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ICA’s Blog

  • 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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