Announcements

Indianapolis, USA- From November 10 to 11, 2017 the Inaugural Tobias Center conference gathered  scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and NGOs for two days of focused discussion and critical reflection on policy relevant research related to international development. WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was invited to contribute as a speaker to the session on “Incentivizing Sustainable Development,” moderated … Continue reading WAIPA CEO as panelist at The Inaugural Tobias Center Conference in Indianapolis, USA

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Mexico – From November 7 to 8 2017, WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated at UNCTAD’s seminar on the promotion of Sustainable Development Goal projects for Latin America and the Caribbean. Hosted by WAIPA’s member ProMexico, the seminar focused on developing and marketing bankable SDG investment project proposals which investment promotion agencies (IPAs) can use in their promotional … Continue reading WAIPA at UNCTAD Regional Seminar on the Promotion of Bankable SDG Projects in Mexico

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Bahrain- The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF 2017) took place from 31 October – 2 November 2017 under the Patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre. Under the theme “Achieving the SDGs through Entrepreneurship & Innovation” this event … Continue reading WAIPA at UNIDO forum on sustainable development in Bahrain

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Geneva, Switzerland- On October 30th, 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated on the Sixth Roundtable – Investment for Sustainable Development Trajectory: Facilitating Investment for Sustainable Development II. This workshop was the sixth in the 2016/2017 series of investment policy dialogues, jointly organized by the World Economic Forum and ICTSD, with the support of the Government … Continue reading WAIPA CEO at Sixth WEF Roundtable in Geneva, Switzerland

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According to WAIPA Statutes, today on October 27th 2017, 30 days prior to General Assembly we announce the agenda of WAIPA General Assembly, that will take place on the first day of WAIPA World Investment Conference in Dubai on November 27. Download WAIPA General Assembly -Agenda 27th November 2017 here

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Paris, France- WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated at the second meeting of the OECD IPA Network that took place on 16 October, 2017 at the OECD Headquarters to discuss current and emerging trends and practices in investment promotion and facilitation. The purpose of this OECD workshop was to strengthen the OECD IPA network and hold … Continue reading WAIPA CEO at Second Workshop of the OECD IPA Network in Paris

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Konya, Turkey. From 10-11 October 2017 WAIPA organized together with the colleagues from MEVKA/Invest in Konya a Knowledge Forum on FDI under the theme Effective Investment Attraction and Facilitation in Konya.     In the two days the audience was able to listen to interactive presentations of Andreas Dressler, FDI Advisor, Dr. Henry Loewendahl, CEO … Continue reading Knowledge Forum on FDI in Konya, Turkey

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Geneva, Switzerland- UNCTAD’s High-level IIA Conference 2017 was held on October 9-11, 2017. It shared experiences and identified best practices for phase 2 of IIA reform. The conference was built on a series of earlier UNCTAD IIA-related conferences. IIA reform has made significant progress, with a large number of countries following UNCTAD’s Road Map for … Continue reading WAIPA at UNCTAD’s High-Level IIA Conference 2017

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  On behalf of ProBarranquilla, we would like to invite all members to participate in the event BIC “Barranquilla Investment Conference”, that will take place on November 19-21, 2017 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Since last year ProBarranquilla organizes workshops for IPA’s in Latin America, given the importance of FDI to Latin America and the Caribbean and the … Continue reading ProBarranquilla organizes Barranquilla Investment Conference 2017

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The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) in collaboration with Andreas Dressler proudly announces “the FDI Excellence Series” for investment promotion agencies. These courses will provide the most comprehensive and results-oriented foreign direct investment training available for investment promotion agencies from around the world. The training will be divided into individual three-day courses, each … Continue reading The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) in collaboration with Andreas Dressler proudly announces “the FDI Excellence Series”

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A warm welcome to our two new interns Karis and Ahmed who recently joined WAIPA. While they are with us they will support us in the field of research and analysis. Karis is American and student at Indiana University and Ahmed is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is currently finishing his master thesis at Istanbul’s … Continue reading WAIPA welcomes two international students to the team

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The Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) – Cameroon shall be organizing the second edition of the Cameroon Investment Forum (CIF) 2017 from the 9th – 10th of November 2017 in Douala the Economic Capital of Cameroon, under the theme “ Linking project promoters  and technical/financial partners for the development of local industry and the attraction of … Continue reading IPA Cameroon to host Cameroon Investment Forum (CIF) 2017

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Today on September 27th, 2017, 60 days prior to the annual General Assembly in which WAIPA Steering Committee elections are to take place we announce the candidacies for each position. General Assembly will take place on the first day of WAIPA World Investment Conference in Dubai on November 27th, 2017. According to WAIPA Statutes we are … Continue reading Presenting the candidacies for the WAIPA Steering Committee, 2017-2019 term

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  Geneva- On September 26th, 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was a panellist in the discussion on “Facilitating Investment for Sustainable Development” organized jointly by the Government of Netherlands,  International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum at the WTO Public Forum.     The talks followed the rationale that private … Continue reading WAIPA CEO as panellist at WTO’s Public Forum

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This November, Invest KOREA is holding Invest Korea Week (IKW) 2017 to highlight what makes Korea such an attractive investment destination, and thereby build a wider foundation for foreign investment promotion. Formerly called ‘Foreign Investment Week,’ IKW celebrates its 13th anniversary as Korea’s largest international investment promotion event. IKW provides well-rounded support to prospective foreign … Continue reading Invest KOREA to hold Invest Korea Week 2017

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Toronto, Canada– From September 17-20, 2017 WAIPA Consultative Committee member IEDC hosted its first annual conference outside of the United States. The 2017 Conference focused on how to Connect, Collaborate, and Create at the global level to contribute to the transformation of local, state, and regional economies.     WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar had a … Continue reading WAIPA panel at the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto

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Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil: From 13-14 September 2017, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) in partnership with the Paraná State Development Agency (APD) organized the Latin American Investment Conference. More than 200 participants from 20 countries participated in the conference under the theme “Connecting strategies. Creating opportunities.” The conference aimed to promote the … Continue reading WAIPA at Latin American Investment Conference in Brazil

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Today on  August 25th, 2017, 90 days prior to General Assembly we announce that 12 WAIPA members proposed following statutory amendments to be presented for approval during upcoming General Assembly. General Assembly will take place on the first day of WAIPA World Investment Conference in Dubai on November 27. According to WAIPA Statutes we are … Continue reading Amendments to be proposed to WAIPA General Assembly for voting

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  At this year’s World Investment Conference in Dubai a new Steering Committee will be elected 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 Southeast … Continue reading Last call for WAIPA Steering Committee Nominations

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    From 17-20 July WAIPA and the World Bank Group jointly organized the Pilot Executive Training on FDI. More than 30 participants and 22 agencies from 9 Steering Committee Regions participated in the first training in WAIPAs new Training Center in Istanbul.     This course 4-day full training program followed the life-cycle logic. … Continue reading WAIPA and the World Bank Group jointly organized Pilot Training on FDI at WAIPA Training Center in Istanbul

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Geneva, Switzerland: On July 5th WAIPA Deputy CEO Ismail Ersahin participated on the Fifth Roundtable – Investment for Sustainable Development Trajectory: Facilitating Investment for Sustainable Development. As discussion leader Ersahin underlined the vital importance of the empowerment of IPAs and the capacity building conducted by WAIPA and gave practical examples of WAIPA members facilitating sustainable … Continue reading Fifth Roundtable at E15 Initiative at WEF in Geneva, Switzerland

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  The 2nd Annual RIAFPI Conference was organized under the theme: “Investment Promotion Agencies facing Sustainable Development Goals in the francophone economic world.” The conference was held on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 in Paris – France at the headquarters of the International Organization of Francophone at 9 am. This 2nd Annual Conference was attended by … Continue reading The 2nd Annual RIAFPI Conference in Paris (French version available)

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We are delighted that three more members have joined the WAIPA family recently: ACI Medellin, ECA and Invest Argentina. Together we will further strengthen our network, succeed in achieving our ambitions and strive towards better investment opportunities.     ACI Medellin The Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellín recently celebrated 15 years of transforming … Continue reading New WAIPA members: Welcome on board!

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On June 18th WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, USA and took part in the Investment Promotion Agency Best Practice Roundtable.     Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from numerous countries came together to share best practices. Skalar used this opportunity to discuss current challenges with Austrade, Apex-Brasil, Japan External … Continue reading WAIPA CEO took part in IPA Best Practice Roundtable at SelectUSA Investment Summit

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Dear Members, We are pleased to inform you that WAIPA Consultative Committee Member IEDC, is hosting this year’s edition of its Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada from September 17 – 20, 2017. The Annual Conference is the essential event for economic development practitioners as well as investment promotion agencies. The 2017 Conference will focus on … Continue reading IEDC organizes its 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada

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WAIPA is pleased to inform you about the International Specialized Exhibition “Astana EXPO-2017” (“EXPO”) to be held this summer in Astana, Kazakhstan. Please find here the invitation letter to all WAIPA members by Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of KAZAKH INVEST N. Jiyenbayev. KAZAKH INVEST is Steering Committee Member of WAIPA this term.  

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Global investment prospect for 2017 cautiously optimistic   UNCTAD described in its World Investment Report 2017 the investment prospects for 2017 with cautious optimism.  It predicts a modest recovery for global investment. Global flows are expected to increase to $1.8 trillion in 2017, and $1.85 trillion in 2018. Due to geopolitical risks and policy uncertainty … Continue reading Consultative Committee Member UNCTAD releases World Investment Report 2017

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It fills us with pride to announce our newest corporate video. Here is WAIPA’s objectives and partners in the cause of sustainable FDI.

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Geneva, Switzerland: On June 2nd, 2017 WAIPA CEO participated on the fourth dialogue in the 2016/2017 series of investment policy dialogues, following from the E15Initiative, jointly organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum, with the support of the Government of the Netherlands. The dialogue aimed to … Continue reading WAIPA CEO on the Fourth Roundtable on the Trajectory of Investment for Sustainable Development

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On 29-30 May, 2017: Regional seminar on the promotion of bankable SDGs projects that was organized by UNCTAD and WAIPA Member Department Trade and Industry Republic of South Africa (DTI) took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. 16 IPAs from Africa attended the seminar to learn about best practices in global and regional foreign direct investment … Continue reading UNCTAD seminar in Johannesburg, South Africa

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On May 25 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was a panellist at the side event: INVESTMENT PROMOTION AND FACILITATION MEASURES FOR THE LDCs at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development in New York, USA. The discussion aimed to explore what LDCs development partners can do to help them to attract, receive and ultimately benefit from … Continue reading WAIPA CEO took part in ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development

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On May 22-24, 2017, The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment took place in Shanghai, China. WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated in the vibrant panel “The future of FDI”, moderated by the renowned international business correspondent and presenter Richard Quest.     With more and more developing and under developed countries seeking FDI to contribute … Continue reading WAIPA in Shanghai, China

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  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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