Industrial development has gone from strength to strength in Saudi Arabia as the country shifts from petrochemicals to technology and knowledge-based industries with increased private-sector participation. Also, the government is focusing on education, infrastructure and youth employment with the goal of creating a global financial and trade center
A massive tourism expansion is on the horizon as a new emphasis on developing Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector beyond its well established religious offerings is encouraging visitors to take advantage of new airports and hospitality infrastructure to discover a fascinating kingdom
Five times every day, 1 billion Muslims worldwide turn toward Makkah to pray, and all Muslims, who are able, are obliged to perform the Hajj, a pilgrimage to carry out a set of rituals that take place in and around Makkah every year, at least once in their lives. Therefore, each year Islam’s holiest city is host to millions of pilgrims, or Hajjis, from around the world
The administration of Governor Sule Lamido is focusing strongly on empowering people through comprehensive human development programmes that are already showing impressive results in raising living standards for the people
Miguel Alemán Velasco, founder of the Mexican airline Interjet, former Governor of the State of Veracruz and organiser of the prestigious Mexico Business Summit, offers Upper Reach his analysis on current events in the Aztec country. He recommends taking positions in Mexico given the improvement the country will experience in the short term
Krešimir Starčević, CEO of Croatia Osiguranja, Croatia’s market leading and state-owned insurance company, meets with PM Communications to discuss the state of the local insurance market and the possible affect joining the EU will have on it
Boris Vujčić, Governor of the Croatian National Bank, speaks with PM Communications about his country’s financial sector, the gradual privatisation process, and the impact that joining the EU will have
Upper Reach meets with Midhat Shagiakhmetov, Economy Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, who says: “Tatarstan is open and ready to work in any direction with any investor, with any country, if there is an interest.”
The President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov speaks to Worldfolio about the backbone of the economy of this Russian region, as well as investments in the high technology sector. In order for the government to reach its ambitious goal – gross regional product to hit RUB 2 trillion by 2016 – Tatarstan is going to need foreign investment, and the president assures that his government has created the ideal conditions for foreign businesses.
Employability and academic standards come to the fore as practical, vocational work experience and first-class academic training blend with religious traditions and international connections at Madrid’s Comillas Pontifical University, which is currently strengthening its links with China.
In an interview with Worldfolio, Ms. Ivana Gažić, CEO of the Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE), the benefits of EU Croatia’s EU accession, attractive opportunities that lay in the state’s plans to privatize a series of state owned assets, and the history of the ZSE.