Announcements

  Tatarstan, May 18-19th: WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated in the 9th International Economic Summit Russia – Islamic World: KazanSummit 2017, which is one of the leading international economic events that focuses on opportunities for Russia and Islamic countries.     The key topic of KazanSummit 2017 was islamic investments in the context of international economic … Continue reading KazanSummit 2017

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On May 14-18, 2017, WAIPA Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin participated in a high-level discussion panel on “Risk Mitigation tools to support GCC’s investment in the Sub-Saharan Africa Region”, which was organized by ICIEC in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Board of Governors Meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.     The panel enabled participants to discuss … Continue reading Islamic Development Bank Board Meeting in Jeddah

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On May 15, WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar has attended the ANIMA  General Assembly, which was organized during the ANIMA Annual Meeting in Athens, Greece. WAIPA is a founding member of ANIMA Investment Network, a platform for the Economic Development in the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network gathers 75 members in 22 countries in the Euro Mediterranean … Continue reading WAIPA at ANIMA Meeting in Athens

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WAIPA Steering Committee Member ProBarranquilla is organizing its annual ExpoProBarranquilla, which will be held on June 14th, 2017 in Barranquilla, Colombia. ExpoProbarranquilla 2017 will highlight main topics associated with business dynamism and economic competitiveness of the territory, innovation and leadership, and the potential of renewable energy sector and oil & gas offshore sector for the … Continue reading ProBarranquilla organizes annual ExpoProBarranquilla 2017

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On May 4th, 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar and Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin joined the High-Level ISPAT-Kazakh Invest Workshop on Investment Facilitation Best Practices meeting at ISPAT’s new Istanbul office. The Kazakh Delegation headed by Kazakh Invest CEO Maxat Kabashev, Deputy Chairman Birzhan Kaneshev and Managing Director Margarita Kapustyanskaya were briefed by WAIPA CEO Bostjan … Continue reading ISPAT & WAIPA host Kazakh Invest delegation in Istanbul

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On May 2nd, 2017 WAIPAs CEO Bostjan Skalar and Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin were delighted to welcome delegation from Invest in Istanbul for a working visit in the WAIPA Permanent Secretariat. The two sides engaged in a fruitful discussion which focused on an Invest in Istanbul’s new vision and continued with an introduction of the … Continue reading WAIPA welcomed delegation from Invest in Istanbul

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In partnership with the University of Indiana, WAIPA has launched a white paper series. The first in the series explores the relationship between WAIPA and the private sector. Researcher and FDI academic, Sarah Bauerle Danzman expands on how WAIPA can be leveraged to strengthen corporate collaboration with Investment Agencies and enable IPA to not just … Continue reading White Paper: Leveraging WAIPA to facilitate Private Sector Linkages

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London, United Kingdom –  on March 23rd, WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated in the ICC-WBO commission on Trade and Investment Policy titled “Driving Inclusive Growth through Trade and Investment”. The Commission came together to drive a new sense of urgency in revitalizing the WTO by delivering new and better results from negotiations. Why is this … Continue reading ICC-WBO commission on Trade and Investment Policy met on March 23rd

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Annual Investment Meeting Dubai From April 2nd to April 4th the 2017 Annual Investment Meeting took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Participants from 120 countries assembled in Dubai to facilitate strategic networking and promote investments. Global leaders, such as WAIPA Consultative Committee members John Danilovich (Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce) and Mukhisa … Continue reading Annual Investment Meeting Dubai 2017

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From March 21 until March 24, twenty-five IPA officials from twenty countries assembled in the ILO International Training Center in Turin, Italy for the WAIPA-ILO Course “Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development”. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth, integrate countries into the global economy, boost technological innovation and know-how, … Continue reading WAIPA ILO Training Course: Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

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“Economic developers are facing a raft of challenges in a time of global political turmoil” says Bostjan Skalar in an interview with fDi Intelligence’s Editor-in-Chief Courtney Fingar

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On February 28th, IPA representatives from Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Flanders, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Japan and Italy visited the office for an informal opening reception. The reception was hosted in the new WAIPA Training Center. The WAIPA Training Center consists of 5 training rooms with different sizes to accommodate 15 to 40 participants each and … Continue reading WAIPA Training Center Welcomes Member IPAs

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Steering Committee Elections 2017 A new Steering Committee will be elected this autumn during the World Investment Conference for the 2017-2019 term. The WAIPA Steering Committee consists of the following positions: – One Presidency – Two Vice-Presidencies – Regional Directorships for; Middle East and North Africa Sub-Sahara Africa Central Asia South Asia East Asia and … Continue reading WAIPA announces Steering Committee Elections

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Geneva, February 22nd: WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated in the Third Round-table on Investment for Sustainable Development. This workshop is the third dialogue in the 2016/2017 series of investment policy dialogues, following from the E15 Initiative, jointly organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), with … Continue reading Third Round-table on Investment for Sustainable Development

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On Monday, 13 February 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was invited speak and moderate at the World Business Angels Forum 2017 held under the theme “Partnering with corporate ventures from start-up to scale-up exit” with Global leaders of early-stage investment markets, stock exchange executives, experts, policymakers and academicians in Istanbul. In the main session of … Continue reading WAIPA at World Business Angels Investment Forum 2017

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The WAIPA World Investment Conference 2017 Report is now available. Read more about the plenary speeches of e.g. Oussama Kaissi, Mehmet Simsek and Celestin Monga, about the different panel sessions and about the general theme of Inclusive Investments and Sustainable FDI. Download the Report  

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9th January -13th January 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar; Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin and Communications Advisor, Aisha Sarwari visited the United States (NY and DC) from 9th to 13th January 2017. A series of meetings took place with: Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Gyan Chandra Acharya. Acharya is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative … Continue reading WAIPA delegation for high-level talks in the US January 9-13th

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WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was in Madrid, Spain on January 19-20 for a series of high-profile meetings. Skalar met with Secretary General Taleb Rifai of the UN World Tourism Organization to discuss future cooperation in the field of FDI in sustainable tourism for development. Skalar also met with two of WAIPA’s members to explore ideas … Continue reading WAIPA in Madrid January 19-20, 2017

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A WAIPA delegation participated in the 63rd Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, held on December 6 in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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On December 5, WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar met with Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). During this meeting in Geneva, WTO and WAIPA explored ways to work together to support IPAs in playing a leading role nationally, regionally and internationally to achieve the SDGs. WTO can be a cause champion of full … Continue reading WAIPA CEO meets with WTO Director-General in Geneva

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The 13th Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2016, held on November 21st 2016 in Vienna and was co-organized by VEF and WAIPA.

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WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar congratulated UNIDO Director General LI Yong

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A WAIPA delegation had a two day integration with World Bank on strategic engagement for FDI promotion

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On October 25-26 Pro Ecuador organized an Investment Summit for the first time in its history. WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar delivered a keynote speech

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Istanbul, October 14, 2016 – In the context of a global call for a new narrative on investment promotion, the 21st annual World Investment Conference (WIC) took place in Istanbul.

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Tunis, Tunisia – On October 3rd, Ministers, OECD and EU officials, business representatives and investment promotion agencies discussed competitiveness of the Middle East and North Africa region during the Competitiveness Forum. WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar stressed that the public and private sector need to work together to achieve sustainable development goals. That is why WAIPA … Continue reading MENA OECD Ministerial Conference Competitiveness Forum

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Cleveland, Ohio, on September 26 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar delivered a speech in the plenary Future Economic Development Panel

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In Seoul, on September 28th, WAIPA Deputy CEO Ismail Delivered delivered a speech on “The importance of Korea to promote FDI globally” during the Opening Ceremony of the Korea Foreign Investment Week (KFIW)

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On September 20-21 the Mauritius Board of Investment hosted the Africa Partnership Conference.

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UNIDO Investment Conference, on September 14-15 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar gave a speech about Investment Promotion Strategy for Increasing Skill and Technology Content…

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A WAIPA delegation consisting of CEO Bostjan Skalar and Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin participated in the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) 2016

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In an interview with Invest Magazine WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar explains his “Appetite for Investment”   In an interview with fDi Intelligence WAIPA Chief Skalar calls for focus on sustainable development goals –  fDi Intelligence Interview  

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James Zhan: “We need to work together to create a new narrative on investment promotion”. Zhan is the Director of the UNCTAD Investment and Enterprise Division.

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With the promise towards continued collaboration, UNCTAD and WAIPA organized a Workshop on Investment Promotion

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Nairobi, 18 July, in an awards ceremony, UNCTAD presented a memento to WAIPA

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WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar met with OECD Deputy Secretary General Rinaro Tamaki to discuss stronger cooperation

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On June 28th WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar met with John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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Caribbean IPA representatives came together in Curacao on 7-8 June 2016 for the Annual General meeting of CAIPA

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Abidjan, 20 June 2016 – A regional meeting for Investment Promotion Agencies took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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A private sector forum on investment opportunities in least developed countries was convened today…

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Association…

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This meeting was organised by WAIPA together with the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency of BiH (FIPA)…

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WAIPA and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Multinational Enterprises Unit…

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On May 19, 2016, WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar made a working visit to the Secretary General of the Vienna Economic Forum, Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva.

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The management of WAIPA will be participating in a multi-year Expert meeting that will help shape…..

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Voted in by the Steering Committee that met in London on November 20, 2015, Mr Bostjan Skalar …

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This event is organized by IDB and Turkish Ministry of Economy. WAIPA is a partner of this program.

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If you missed parts of the XXth annual WAIPA World Investment Conference #WIC15Milan held on June 14-16, 2015, you can now get the full report…

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Milan, June 14, 2015 – In the context of increased investor confidence, the XXth annual World Investment Conference(WIC) took…

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The Annual Meeting of WAIPA Members includes its General Assembly. This is where institutional …

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