Tag: Foreign Direct Investments
Jan. 21, 2014 – John Rennie
With the start of the spring semester one of the biggest questions on students’ minds is how they will spend the upcoming summer. For many law students this has already been settled and they know what law firm they will be working at during the summer. But others, especially graduate students like myself, face an open opportunity. This can be a challenge – finding the right internship can require both work and luck – but also an opportunity, as it provides a reason to reach out to organizations that you have always been interested in and see where you might fit.
I mention the process of finding internship and jobs because I think it highlights one of the biggest assets of LIDS projects – the opportunity to engage with organizations doing exciting and cutting-edge development work. As I learned last year, this can be a natural step to a great summer internship.
I began working on LIDS projects last year when I joined a project with the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment. Our project researched best practices in the use of technology transfers in FDI. As I got to know the organization and their work … Read More »
Jan. 14, 2014 – Julian M. Hill
Asian countries positioning to attract more foreign capital, but at what cost?
Last month, E&Y (formally Ernst & Young) gave India an early Christmas present, apparently crowning India as the most attractive destination in the world for foreign direct investment (FDI). In the world, E&Y said! Besides its depreciating currency (at the time at least) and domestic companies divesting from homegrown entities, India’s liberalization of its FDI policy in August is likely a key reason for the country’s increasing appeal. The Indian government, for seven sectors, decided to increase the amount of FDI that could be contributed to companies and eliminate mandatory government approval, under certain circumstances, in five other sectors. Such broad liberalizations in FDI-governing laws are just one among other strategies being used by Asian countries to attract foreign money.
More targeted relaxations are being employed by Mongolia to encourage inbound FDI specifically from Chinese investors. Laos’s leadership also used a focused approach a few weeks ago to solicit more FDI from South Korea’s private sector during a trip to Seoul. Many Asian countries, like Laos, see FDI as an important contributor to economic growth and are not afraid to go out and get … Read More »
Event: Human Rights and Chinese Investment in Africa with Professor Muna Ndulo
Professor Muna Ndulo will discuss the human rights consequences of Chinese investment within Africa. Professor Ndulo is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of constitution making, governance and institution building, human rights and Foreign Direct Investments. He is a Professor of Law Cornell Law School and Director of the Cornell University’s Institute for African Development. He has previously served in a number of UN positions in various developing countries, including South Africa, East Timor, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He has also worked for the World Bank, African Development Bank and United Nations Development Program.