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Iran, a country with more than 80 million inhabitants, aims to modernise its economy in the coming year. This opens huge investment
opportunities especially in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare, transport infrastructure, energy efficiency and renewables.
Indeed, the easing of the economic sanctions offers favourable conditions to start from. But funding short falls and import
restrictions are still burdening the economic and trade relations with Western countries so far. And, the possibly worsening
relationship to the USA entails further risks. Nonetheless, Iran definitely remains a highly interesting market also because
of its strongly diversified economy and well-developed educational system. Furthermore, the recent re-election of president
Hassan Rohani, a free-market friendly reformer, sends a positive signal.
Mexico, a country with more than 120 million inhabitants, has been a booming investment location in recent years. In 2016, it became the second most important export market of the European Union on the American continent. Mexicos own exports, on the other hand, go predominantly to the United States. Although, the presidential election of Donald Trump worsened the relations between the neighboring countries noticeably, the situation already started to ease. Therefore, it is expected that investment rates in Mexico will continue to stay high in the years ahead. The envisaged expansion of transport infrastructure and the establishment of special economic zones, primarily in the south, should, among others, provide additional momentum.
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