WAIPA at Annual Investment Meeting, Dubai 2018

Dubai, 9 – 11 April 2018: Investors, delegates, government officials and participants from more than 140 countries convened this week at the Dubai World Trade Center in United Arab Emirates for the Annual Investment Meeting. The annual forum is one of the leading regional events on foreign direct investments (FDI) in Middle East and North Africa and is organized by the UAE Ministry of Economy under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The 8th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting focused on Driving sustainable development through FDI; Investment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; How technology is changing the future of productivity and growth; Public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects, Sovereign Wealth and Private Equity Funds and their role in investment.




One of the official pre-events was a full-day series of capacity building workshops for investment promotion officials. WAIPA as an official knowledge partner of AIM hosted a workshop on 8 April. Participants from all over the globe gathered at this training to learn how IPAs can contribute to create a sound investment climate for attracting and promoting emerging technologies, as well as how these emerging technologies can be used to further attract investment. Best practices were shared by Chris Knight, Global Commercial Director of fDi Intelligence; Antti Aumo, Head of Invest in Finland and Yong Kook Kim, Head of Invest Korea.


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WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar participated in the plenary session “Incentives Policies for the Benefit of Nations” to discuss whether or not Sustainable Development has the answers on how incentives policies can change. Panelists in this session under the moderation of Henry Loewendahl, Founder and CEO of Wavteq discussed among other how incentives can be used to ensure they actually make a difference and maximize benefits for the country – not just the company.


Bostjan Panel


Skalar stated that “sustainable investment incentives can be crucial but they need to be adjusted for reaching goal, i.e. policies, laws and regulations need to be favorable for investments with sustainable characteristics and IPAs can focus on targeting sustainable investment by attracting investment to rural or socially disadvantaged areas, stimulating innovation or the development of certain technologies.“

WAIPA CEO was a member of the jury determining the winners of the AIM 2018 Investment Awards. We congratulate our members and Steering Committee members for winning the award. Here is the overview of all winners:


Published on Apr 11, 2018