3rd WAIPA & ILO Investment Facilitation Course 2018

Turin 9-13 April: Following the successful first two editions of the Investment Facilitation Course jointly organized by WAIPA and the International Training Centre of ILO in May 2016 and March 2017, a third edition was held from 9-13 April 2018 at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin, Italy.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth, integrate countries into the global economy, boost technological innovation and know-how, enhance skills transfer and contribute to the creation of decent work. But not all investments have the same development impacts.


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This three-day course focused on “Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development” and helped investment promotion officials from various countries around the world to strengthen their investment promotion and facilitation capacities, expand their after-care services and enhance the development impacts of FDI flowing into their countries, particularly as regards the creation of more and better jobs and the overall contribution of FDI in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Furthermore, participants learned about:

  • The latest trends and opportunities regarding sustainable development, decent work and investment facilitation
  • Positive links between FDI, sustainable development and decent work
  • The dominant development frameworks concerning sustainable development and decent work relevant for investment facilitation and
  • How to implement a system of aftercare services and investment promotion measures in the framework of sustainable development and decent work

Sessions were led by Ismail Ersahin, WAIPA Deputy Executive Director, Karl Pfeffer, Programme Officer MNE and Global Supply Chains at the International Training Centre of the ILO; Johannes Weiss, Technical Officer at ILO; Emily Sims, Senior Specialist and Manager at ILO and best practices were shared by Samet Akyuz, Project Director at Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) Stefan Kratzsch, Industrial Development Officer at UNIDO and Arkadiusz Tarnowski, Private Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group, Economic Development Department at Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH).

Published on Apr 13, 2018