13th Vienna Economic Forum


The 13th Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Future Dialogue 2016, held on November 21st 2016 in Vienna and was co-organized by VEF and WAIPA. Approximately 140 participants discussed investment trends and regional cooperation in the field of investment promotion.

WAIPA was represented by CEO Bostjan Skalar and President Arda Ermut. Bostjan Skalar was the moderator of the panel session “Investment Strategy – Regional and worldwide”. This session focused particularly on the experiences of the Investment Agencies and their role for a better investment climate not only in the region of Vienna Economic Forum but worldwide.

The WAIPA CEO stated that the global development agenda requires us to move investment promotion to a higher level and create a new narrative towards SDGs. Skalar: “We should also address policy gaps by facilitating investors, Investment Promotions Agencies (IPAs) and governments and aim to strengthen a multi–stakeholder dialogue.”

Furthermore, Skalar explained that WAIPA advocates policy measures to strengthen cooperation in the investment process. WAIPAs services are focused to attract foreign investment, enhance regional cooperation, and identify and resolve obstacles to growth – all with the goal to enhance FDI flows.