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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Poland’s city of Łódź has the best FDI strategy

Łódź, Poland’s third biggest city, has the best strategy for attracting foreign direct investment, says the inaugural fDi Magazine’s Polish City of the Future 2015/2016 ranking. The city located in the centre of the country is followed by Katowice, Wrocław, Gdańsk and Kraków. The list of Top 15 also includes smaller cities like Piotrków Trybunalski, Białystok, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Krosno, Gdynia and Stryków and, surprisingly, no Warsaw.

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