Germany ‘no longer attractive’ to US investors | EurActiv

EurActiv Germany reports that top American companies no longer see Germany as an attractive investment and the country is losing jobs as a result. It seems that, “Germany attracts attention, but it’s no longer attractive to investors,” according to AmCham Vice-President Frank Riemensperger.

Source: Germany ‘no longer attractive’ to US investors | EurActiv

Based upon Spiegel’s excellent article on innovation in Shanghai, I think that the EurActiv viewpoint has some traction.

Of course, the games not lost yet, and if German government policy towards investment and innovation was sufficiently aggressive, everything could still change.

Any thoughts on Germany stimulating investment and innovation?

One response

  1. American investors are important but not irreplaceable.

    The Germans should woo other investors, from different parts of the world, who take a longer-term view and value engineering prowess, thoroughness and quality above all else. Each offering to selected inward investors should be tailored to those preferences.

    Personally, I would look outside of Europe to places like Singapore, whose inward investment vehicle is Temasek, to countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and even parts of India and China.

    The UK is good as Dr Alf knows, at getting foreign investors as individuals to invest here but less good at attracting money from Sovereign Wealth Funds.

    Germany could analyse what the UK does and re-engineer the process built to its own strengths. It should then do the same exercise with countries it would like to get inward investment from, and see where it has strengths which compliment the weaknesses of the target inward investing nation.

    Out of that discussions can emerge.

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