October 29, 2015
The fDi Middle East & African Countries of the Future Rankings for 2015/16, prepared by fDi Intelligence – a division of the Financial Times, has ranked Bahrain fifth overall, out of 63 countries, in this year’s report.
Manama was ranked in the top eight for all the categories, and ranked first overall for cost effectiveness and third overall for business friendliness. Bahrain also ranked first for FDI strategy, with the report recognising that since its creation, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) has “operated to attract investment, help investors realise projects and ensure they are assisted once established.” According to fDi Intelligence data, the EDB helped attract 190 FDI projects to Bahrain between 2009 and 2014.
The rankings, compiled every two years using a detailed methodology, were based upon five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness and connectivity. A sixth category, FDI strategy, was based on additional qualitative research and analysis.
The full Middle East & African Countries of the Future Rankings report can be found on the fDi Intelligence website: http://www.fdiintelligence.com/.