Emerging Europe Live is a series of engaging studio panel discussions about topics relevant to the region. The first episode in the series is entitled CEE: The Outsourcing Destination and premiered on 25 April 2016. The programme excerpts are available below. Continue reading Emerging Europe Live: CEE — The Outsourcing Destination
The World Bank expects Georgia’s economic growth to be at an average rate of 5.5 per cent, per year, over the medium term, based on greater policy certainty, improved market access and strong structural reform implementation. Irakli Kilauridze, Managing Director, Colliers Georgia, and Sulkhan Khabadze, Director, British Georgian Chamber of Commerce in London discuss the business climate and investment opportunities in Georgia.
Attracted by higher growth prospects and seeking new business opportunities, more and more Polish companies are looking to expand to foreign markets, including the United States.
Currently, there are obstacles that companies have to overcome.
Two Polish business people, Marcin Piątkowski, CEO & Founder of JAM Vehicles and Jakub Imosa, Co-Founder & CEO of Kotrak Group, explain what expectations they have of the the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Water economy, high-quality food, wood processing and furniture production are Warmia and Mazury’s smart specialisations. The European Commission came up with a new innovation policy concept to promote the efficient and effective use of public investment in research and boost regional innovation.
The Belarusian government with a newly appointed prime minister and minister of economy is trying hard to maintain economic stability and growth. The economy is highly sensitive to Russia’s economic climate and recent slump, combined with low revenues from oil export duties, poses a serious risk to Belarus.
There are about 5.5 million students in the region, about 50 per cent more than in 2000. According to UNESCO, that means there are 46 students per 1,000 inhabitants, six more on average than in the European Union. The people are much younger than in Western Europe. Compared to the EU where 82 per cent of the population is below the age of 65, that share is higher by 2 per cent and in countries like Slovakia, Belarus, Poland and Romania is between 85 and 87 per cent.
The Romanian capital market may still be small but is bound to grow thanks to significant changes it is undergoing. They are related to the organisation, structure, investing culture, market practices and regulations as well as its vision and development strategy of the stock exchange.
Look beyond politics and notice the country’s economic potential is the Belarusian government’s message to potential foreign investors.
Even though the lack of certain necessary regulations, administration hierarchy and decision-making processes can be challenging, they can also be an opportunity to negotiate attractive individual incentives, benefits and privileges.
The European Union’s fastest GDP growth rate of over 4 per cent in 2013 and the recent adoption of the euro are not the only factors that make Latvia an attractive foreign direct investment destination. For example, Mexican CEMEX, one of the world’s largest building materials suppliers and cement producers, chose Latvia almost a decade ago.
In February 2015, fDi Magazine will publish its inaugural Polish Cities of the Future ranking for 2015/16.
“Polish cities have proven their attractiveness for foreign direct investment and are competitive on not just a regional but also a global scale,” says Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine, the Financial Times Group. “Now it is time to see how they measure up against each other and what the respective merits of Poland’s many thriving cities are,” she adds.
Emerging Europe economies keep improving their business environment. According to the WorldBank’s Doing Business 2015 report, the number of CEE countries in the Top 50 has grown by 50 per cent since 2010. “That means these countries have introduced a number of regulatory reforms of business environment as seen by local firms,” says Marina Wes, Country Manager for Poland at the World Bank.
Warmia and Mazury, the land of forests and lakes, has an enormous economic and export potential. It is among the leading European producers of meat and meat products, natural and organic food, furniture, yachts and boats. Companies in these sectors operate successfully not only in the Polish market, but more importantly, in foreign markets. International giants like Michelin and Ikea have chosen Warmia and Mazury as their investment location.