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From Site Selection magazine, May 2012



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 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 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 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.



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

2. United Kingdom
    UK Trade and Investment

3. Germany
    Germany Trade and Invest

4. Austria
    ABA – Invest in Austria

T5. Switzerland
    Switzerland Trade and
    Investment Promotion

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

T2. Poland
    Invest in Poland

T2. Slovak Republic
    SARIO (Slovak Investment
    and Trade Development

T4. Estonia
    Estonian Investment and
    Trade Agency

T4. Czech Republic
Top Countries
1. Singapore
    Singapore Economic
    Development Board

2. Australia

T3. Malaysia
    Malaysian Investment
    Development Authority

T3. South Korea
    Korea Trade Investment
    Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

5. Vietnam
    Ministry of Planning and
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
Photos in circles (l. to r.): Cape Town, South Africa (Photo by Andreas Tusche); Cancún, Mexico (Photo by Mike Liu –
Top Countries
1. South Africa

2. Bahrain
     Bahrain Economic
     Development Board

3. United Arab Emirates
     Dubai Development &
     Investment Authority

4. Saudi Arabia
     Saudi Arabian General
     Investment Authority

5. Qatar
     Qatar Investment
     Promotion Department
Top Countries
1. Mexico
    ProMexico Trade and

2. Brazil
    APEX Brazil

3. Costa Rica
    Costa Rican
    Investment Board

4. Chile
    Chilean Economic
    Development Agency

5. Argentina
    Invest in Argentina
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
(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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