|•||Books, reports, statistical publications and articles in international journals published by specialists, national bodies, and international organizations in different countries including Russia (desk research).|
|•||FDI promotion offices of major emerging countries; particularly interesting were the on-site discussions held with FDI specialists in China and India.|
|•||Trade commissions and FDI officers at various embassies in Europe (especially from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, Poland and the leading US states).|
|•||FDI specialists, policy-makers and university professors in Europe and Russia.|
|•||Innumerable interviews with western companies (potential investors) across sectors highlighted the main problem areas that need to be addressed before major investment decisions can be taken. 27|
With some adaptation, certain fundamentals of the strategic FDI enhancement concept may also be applied to improve related policy areas (e.g. domestic state investment policy, trade policy, research and development policy), which could set in motion a virtuous circle of general economic improvement. The concept could also serve as a model for other transition and industrialized countries searching for ways to cooperate with Russia in the area of foreign investment.