I have just returned back to the office following my attendance at the UN World Cities Day observance held this year inside the aesthetically remarkable St Georges Hall, Liverpool.
I have recently returned from The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) annual conference in Atlanta. This is a fantastic event full of researchers from Economic Development Organisations from all over the United States.
As the dust has settled on the 2017 incarnation, of what the locals call 'L'Aeronautique et de l'Espace', it is almost as much worth noting what didn't happen as what did happen.
Sunshine returned to La Croisette, once again, for MIPIM 2017 following the dismal downpour of 2016s version and it was reflected in a more upbeat mood amongst the investors, speculators, journalists and public sector workers keen not to be seen, by taxpayers at home, enjoying the plentiful fizz on offer.
Returning from a global tour of emerging markets, meeting governments and investors in some of the most interesting and dynamic countries in the world, Dr Henry Loewendahl, Group CEO of WAVTEQ, shares his views on the prospects for emerging markets.
A busy couple of weeks on the road has passed-by without major incident apart from the countless airport sandwiches, Cola refills and forced gate-checking of some standard-sized hand luggage. Save for these First World problems, I enjoyed engaging with IPA professionals and corporate executives across three of the world's major FDI donor markets in Germany, US and UK.