More FEZs In Macedonia Will Give an Even Bigger Boost To the Country’s Economy

Macedonia’s economy is set to grow by 4-4.5 per cent per annum between 2015 and 2017. The country expects to attract more foreign direct investment and grow its export. Free economic zones, whose export, in 2014, totalled €1.17 billion, or a third of the country’s total exports, are going to help achieve the government’s targets. Emerging Europe speaks to Viktor Mizo, CEO of Macedonia’s Free Zones Authority, about the government’s plans to increase the number of free economic zones. Continue reading More FEZs In Macedonia Will Give an Even Bigger Boost To the Country’s Economy

Czech Republic’s largest companies had the highest turnover growth in CEE in 2014

The 65 largest Czech enterprises recorded an impressive increase of turnover by 7.8 per cent — the highest growth of all countries, says the 7th Top 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe — Coface CEE Top 500 survey. At the same time, the 73 largest Hungarian companies were able to increase their revenues by 5.6 per cent — three times as much as the total growth rate of the CEE Top 500 (2.1 per cent). There are 176 Polish companies in the CEE Top 500 representing 40 per cent of the whole turnover of the companies in the survey. Continue reading Czech Republic’s largest companies had the highest turnover growth in CEE in 2014

Estonia leads the Opportunity Index in Emerging Europe

Estonia and the two other Baltic states —Latvia and Lithuania— are Emerging Europe’s winners of the Milken Institute’s Global Opportunity Index — Attracting Foreign Investment across four broad categories: economic fundamentals, ease of doing business, quality of regulation, and rule of law. Estonia ranked 12th and was followed by Latvia (29th) and Lithuania (37th). The leader got its highest note for the quality of regulations, Latvia and Lithuania — for the ease of doing business.

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CEE offers enormous business opportunities, says UAE minister

A fast-growing number of reciprocal business visits between the United Arab Emirates and Central and Eastern Europe, an increase in mutual trade and investment and, finally, very successful flight connections to cities like Warsaw or Prague, launched only a couple of years ago — Why Emerging Europe spoke to H.E. Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Deputy Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, about the prospects of future collaboration between the UAE and the CEE region. Continue reading CEE offers enormous business opportunities, says UAE minister

Sometimes governments make bad decisions about SEZs

Statistically, there are about 4,300 SEZs across the globe, which means that three out of every four countries has at least one SEZ, and more are constantly being added. Now even the Cayman Islands have a new SEZ. In the CEE region, only a few countries have opted to not develop zones. Why Emerging Europe speaks to Deborah S. Porte, a Special Economic Zone expert with over 25 years experience in the comprehensive design and development of various types of economic zones, transport and cargo hubs and technology parks in developing and post-conflict countries. She has worked for governments and institutions such as the World Bank, IFC, DFID, EU, ADB and USAID.

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Chambers choose Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia

Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia are Central and Eastern Europe’s most attractive foreign investment destinations, says the latest survey published by the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Business (AHK Poland) and carried out along with nine other bilateral chambers of commerce (Belgian, British, French, Spanish, Irish, Canadian, Portuguese, Swiss and Italian). Continue reading Chambers choose Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia

Breaking trade barriers with CIS has never been easier

A decade after its establishment, the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (BUCE) is the largest commodity exchange in Central and Eastern Europe with an average daily transaction value of €6 million in 2014 and more than 14,500 participants including over 3,000 foreign companies. Now, Emerging Europe speaks to Uladzimir Torchyk, Director for Strategic Development and Member of the Board of BUCE about how the commodity exchange can help EU companies to trade with CIS countries.

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Albania’s economy is getting back on track

Before the global financial crisis, Albania was one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. However, after 2008, average growth halved and macroeconomic imbalances in the public and external sectors emerged. Now the new government is introducing reforms to get the economy back on track. Why Emerging Europe speaks to Dr. Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship of Albania, about how the country wants to further improve its business climate and attract foreign direct investment.

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Kaunas — An Emerging Destination For Shared Services In CEE

Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, has historically been a leading centre of the country’s economic, academic, and cultural life. Now Kaunas is in the spotlight as the city was heralded as the Emerging City of the year in Central and Eastern Europe during the recent Shared Services And Outsourcing Awards. Emerging Europe spoke to Visvaldas Matijošaitis, Mayor of Kaunas, about the city’s strengths and prospects for future growth.

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