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THE MAGAZINE OF CORPORATE REAL ESTATE STRATEGY & AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
COVER STORY
From Site Selection magazine, May 2012
 
COVER STORY
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ite Selection is pleased to present its fourth annual Best to Invest rankings of nations and metro areas for investment-attraction activity in 2011. The national Investment Promotion Agencies recognized here were particularly successful in 2010 at attracting capital investment projects — both expansions of existing facilities and new projects — from investors at home and abroad.

This year, Site Selection is proud to welcome the participation of Amsterdam-based FDI advisory Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) and its LocationSelector.com FDI software solution, a comprehensive suite of market analysis tools and research used by corporate executives and site location experts worldwide.

The national Best to Invest rankings are determined 50 percent by LocationSelector.com-supplied analysis in these categories — business environment, business risks, foreign direct investment and infrastructure; and 50 percent by new and expanded facilities announced in 2011 and tracked by Site Selection publisher Conway Data Inc.'s (CDI) New Plant Database.

The Best to Invest metros rankings were determined 40 percent by LocationSelector.com-supplied analysis in the areas of business environment, business risks, foreign direct investment, infrastructure and accessibility; 20 percent on an unscientific survey of global site consultants; and 40 percent on New Plant Database projects.

CDI has been tracking project data for nearly six decades. The New Plant Database is the basis of much of Site Selection's editorial content throughout the year. It is the foundation of such prestigious honors as the Governor's Cup (March issue), the Competitiveness Award, Top Economic Development Groups and Top Deals (May), Canada's Top Locations (September) and Top State Business Climates (November). Projects resident in the New Plant Database meet one or more of these criteria: a minimum investment of US$1 million, creation of 50 or more new jobs or new construction of at least 20,000 sq. ft. (1,860 sq. m.).

Site Selection is grateful for the time and information invested into this ranking by ICA, and we salute this year's winning national investment agencies and the metro areas globally that in 2011 could not be beat.

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—Editor

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Photos in circles (l. to r.): Dublin, Ireland (PD); Budapest, Hungary (Photo by Marc Ryckaert/Naamsvermelding vereist); Singapore (Photo by Adam Jones-Kelley)
WESTERN EUROPE EASTERN EUROPE ASIA-PACIFIC
Top Countries
1. Ireland
    IDA Ireland
    idaireland.com

2. United Kingdom
    UK Trade and Investment
    uktradeinvest.gov.uk

3. Germany
    Germany Trade and Invest
    gtai.com

4. Austria
    ABA – Invest in Austria
    investinaustria.at

T5. Switzerland
    Switzerland Trade and
    Investment Promotion
    invest-in-switzerland.com

T5. Italy
    Italian Trade Commission
    italtrade.it
Top Countries
1. Hungary
Hungarian Investment
and Trade Agency (HITA)
hita.hu

T2. Poland
    Invest in Poland
    paiz.gov.pl

T2. Slovak Republic
    SARIO (Slovak Investment
    and Trade Development
    Agency)
    sario.sk

T4. Estonia
    Estonian Investment and
    Trade Agency
    investinestonia.com

T4. Czech Republic
    CzechInvest
    czechinvest.org
Top Countries
1. Singapore
    Singapore Economic
    Development Board
    sedb.com

2. Australia
    Austrade
    austrade.gov.au/invest

T3. Malaysia
    Malaysian Investment
    Development Authority
    mida.gov.my

T3. South Korea
    Korea Trade Investment
    Promotion Agency (KOTRA)
    kotra.or.kr

5. Vietnam
    Ministry of Planning and
    Investment
    mpi.gov.vn
Top Metros
     1. Dublin, Ireland
     2. Frankfurt, Germany
     3. Edinburgh, Scotland
     4. Birmingham, England
     T5. Belfast, Northern Ireland
     T5. Paris, France
Top Metros
     1. Budapest, Hungary
     2. Moscow, Russia
     3. Bucharest, Romania
     T4. Prague, Czech Republic
     T4. Warsaw, Poland
Top Metros
     T1. Beijing, China
     T1. Shanghai, China
     T3. Chongqing, China
     T3. Chennai, India
     5. Bangalore, India
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Photos in circles (l. to r.): Cape Town, South Africa (Photo by Andreas Tusche); Cancún, Mexico (Photo by Mike Liu – Fotolia.com
AFRICA AND
THE MIDDLE EAST
LATIN AMERICA
Top Countries
1. South Africa
     TradeInvestSA
     tradeinvestsa.co.za

2. Bahrain
     Bahrain Economic
     Development Board
     bahrain.com

3. United Arab Emirates
     Dubai Development &
     Investment Authority
     emiratesfreezone.com

4. Saudi Arabia
     Saudi Arabian General
     Investment Authority
     (SAGIA)
     sagia.gov.sa

5. Qatar
     Qatar Investment
     Promotion Department
     investinqatar.com.qa
Top Countries
1. Mexico
    ProMexico Trade and
    Investment
    promexico.gob.mx

2. Brazil
    APEX Brazil
    apexbrasil.com.br

3. Costa Rica
    Costa Rican
    Investment Board
    cinde.org

4. Chile
    Chilean Economic
    Development Agency
    hightechchile.com

5. Argentina
    Invest in Argentina
    inversiones.gov.ar
Top Metros
     1. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
     T2. Nairobi, Kenya
     T2. Cairo, Egypt
     T2. Kinsasha, Congo
     5. Casablanca, Morocco
Top Metros
     1. São Paulo, Brazil
     2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     3. Mexico City, Mexico
     T4. Guadalajara, Mexico
     T4. Monterrey, Mexico
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(l. to r. ) VW's transparent factory in Dresden, Germany; South Jeollanamdo Province's first foreign school in Korea; Coca-Cola Hellenic's new complex in Northern Ireland, SP InfoCity in Chennai; GKN Driveline's machining facility in Celaya, Mexico; Iskandar's future HQ, Nusajaya, Malaysia; GCL-Poly's polysilicon complex in Jiangsu Province, China; Moree Solar Farm site, New South Wales, Australia; Covidien's facility in Shanghai; new UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya; Siemens City in Vienna, Austria.
Images courtesy of (in order) VW, Invest Korea, Coca-Cola Hellenic, SP InfoCity, Pickard Chilton, GKN Driveline, GCL-Poly, CSIRO, Covidien, UNEP, Siemens.


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