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Trade Update February #4: North Carolina, Nearshoring, Oman, GCC, Space India

1.     Unlocking Innovation: North Carolina's Thriving Tech Landscape In the heart of the American South lies a dynamic and rapidly evolving tech ecosystem: North Carolina. Known for its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant culture, this state has quietly transformed itself into a hub of innovation, drawing attention from entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors alike. The Research Triangle: Where Ideas Take Flight At the epicentre of North Carolina's tech revolution stands the Research Triangle Park (RTP)—a sprawling 7,000-acre expanse that bridges the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. RTP is more than just a physical location; it's a crucible of creativity where academia, industry, and government intersect. Here, world-class universities collaborate with Fortune 500 companies, startups, and research institutes. The result? A melting pot of ideas that fuels breakthroughs in fields ranging from biotechnology to artificial intelligence.

26th February 2024|General|

Trade News February #3: Africa, Nigeria, EU, Vietnam, Thailand

In the 21st century world the economic landscape is continually evolving. One of the most significant trends of recent years has been the surge in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries into Africa. This article explores this burgeoning economic relationship, shedding light on the motivations behind the investments, the sectors targeted, and the implications for both the GCC and Africa.

20th February 2024|General|

Trade News February #2: Pakistan, Spain, Europe screening, India

According to the UNCTAD's 2022 World Investment Report, FDI inflows to Pakistan stood at USD 2.1 billion in 2021, remaining stable compared to the previous year. The total stock of FDI reached USD 32.9 billion, equivalent to approximately 9.5% of Pakistan's GDP. The financial sector receives the highest FDI, followed by the chemicals industry and construction. China remains the dominant investor, but recently, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Japan have increased their investments. In FY 2022, Pakistan attracted FDI amounting to USD 1.86 billion, with significant inflows in energy, financial services, and oil and gas sectors. Chinese investment, despite a 29% decline due to slowdown in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, remained consistent. The U.S. and Switzerland were also notable investors. Pakistan's attractiveness for investment is gradually improving, although challenges such as security concerns, electricity shortages, and a cumbersome investment climate persist. It ranks lower than neighbouring India but on par with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in terms of investment potential. Foreign investors (except Indian and Israeli citizens/businesses) can establish, own, operate, and dispose of interests in most types of businesses in Pakistan, subject to certain restrictions.

12th February 2024|General|

Trade News Feb #1: US, Vietnam, Hungary, Saudi, France, Ireland, Japan

As the global economy interlaces nations and markets, two states emerge as beacons of prosperity: Texas and Florida. These sun-kissed lands, each with its unique allure, beckon investors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. In this article, we delve into their success stories, dissecting the strategies that have propelled them to the forefront of FDI. From the sprawling plains of Texas to the vibrant shores of Florida, let's embark on a journey where trade meets tenacity, and borders blur into opportunity.

5th February 2024|General|

Trade News January #5: Chinese chips, UAE, Nordic wind, Vietnam Germany, Bangladesh

According to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), greenfield FDI announcements in the UAE rose by 28% in Q3 2023, marking the second-highest number recorded in the world after the US. The report also stated that the UAE has seen significant growth in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, with ICT spending expected to reach $6.27bn by 2024. The UAE government has been working to diversify its economy away from hydrocarbons and stimulate growth in the private sector. The UAE has been attracting significant amounts of FDI in recent years, with FDI inflows reaching $22.74bn in 2022, a 10% increase from 2021. The country provides several incentives to foreign investors, such as the opportunity for investors of different nationalities to establish and own companies fully, and expedited licensing and incorporation procedures for cutting-edge technology companies looking to establish their presence in the UAE. The legal forms of FDI projects in the UAE include public joint stock companies, private joint stock companies, limited liability companies, limited partnership companies, and partnership companies.

30th January 2024|General|

Trade News January #4: Geopolitics, Taiwan, Tuscany, Delhi, Indonesia, Lagos, Africa, Canada

In an increasingly interconnected world, the dynamics of global trade are constantly evolving. McKinsey's insightful article, "Geopolitics and the geometry of global trade," provides a comprehensive analysis of these changes. The article explores how geopolitical distance impacts global goods trade, with a particular focus on globally concentrated products. It highlights the shifting trade patterns of major economies like China, Germany, the UK, and the US, and emerging economies like those in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Brazil, and India. The article also delves into the surge of greenfield investment flowing to developing economies, particularly in Africa and India. With a forward-looking perspective, it discusses the future trade-offs and strategies businesses need to adopt to navigate this uncertain landscape. The article is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the complex interplay between geopolitics and global trade.

22nd January 2024|General|

Trade News January #3: Nigeria, UK-Turkey, Vietnam-Czech, Kazakhstan, Poland, Egypt

In the dynamic landscape of global economics, Nigeria is emerging as a promising pole of growth. With its rich natural resources and low cost of labour, the country has become the third host economy for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa, behind Egypt and Ethiopia. In 2021, FDI flows to Nigeria totalled USD 4.8 billion, more than doubling from the previous year. Despite the challenges of widespread corruption, political instability, and infrastructural issues, Nigeria has shown a remarkable resilience and adaptability. The recent efforts by the Nigerian government to merge trade, industry, and investment under the ambit of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment reflect a strategic move to improve its trading and investment environment. This initiative, coupled with the country's intention to diversify its economy away from oil by building a competitive manufacturing sector, has piqued the interest of foreign investors.

15th January 2024|General|

Trade News January 2: Korea, Cambodia, Ukraine, Elections, South Africa, Namibia

South Korea, a nation known for its technological prowess, has drawn a record amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2023. This surge in investment is a testament to the growing confidence in South Korea's technology sector, which has become more deeply embedded in global supply chains since the pandemic. In 2023, about $18.8 billion of funds flowed into South Korea, marking a 3.4% increase from the previous year. The electronics sector accounted for $3 billion of the total investment. This sector is underpinned by two major pillars: semiconductors and rechargeable batteries.

9th January 2024|General|

Trade Horizons Agrees Global Partnership with Alliott Global Alliance

This article was written by Melloney Pritchard of Alliot Global Alliance Trade Horizons Limited has signed a Global Preferred Provider agreement with Alliott Global Alliance (AGA). AGA is one of the largest and fastest-growing global multidisciplinary alliances with 215 member firms in 95 countries. The partnership gives AGA member firms ...

1st June 2023|General|
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