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APEC Investment Mart APEC was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. APEC has become a regional forum of 21 countries, whose goal is to advance economic dynamism and sense of community within the Asia-Pacific region. APEC Investment Mart pursues ambitious goals including free and open trade and promoting investment in the Asia-Pacific region by 2010. Each year APEC Investment Mart is hosted by a different IPA.

CIFIT is the largest event for multilateral investment promotion in Asia with investment projects and products from China and other countries. Apart from Chinese provincial IPAs, CIFIT also attracts scores of IPAs from the Asia-Pacific region, chambers of commerce, and transnational corporations from all over the world.

FIHAV & Caribbean IPAs The Investment Promotion Center of Cuba organizes yearly a regional meeting of IPAs in the framework of Havana's International Trade Fair (FIHAV). Participation at the IPA meeting is free of charge but prior registration is required.

ITB Berlin is a prime meeting place for the world tourism industry. The exhibition area and various segments, along with the comprehensive congress programme and supporting events represent the whole product spectrum of the tourist industry. With 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries and regions, ITB represents the full tourism industry at all levels of the value added chain like tour operators, booking systems, travel destinations, airlines, hotels and rental cars. ITB website offers a participants directory with business contacts.

Korea Technomart is an international exhibition for high-tech companies from around the world, which is organized by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) biannually. In 2002, 218 innovative foreign companies from 22 countries participated and 2,100 business meetings between foreign participants and Korean companies were arranged, resulting in technology transfers, joint ventures and other strategic alliances with Korean firms.

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Latin-American Conference on Free Zones The First Latin American Conference on Free Zones took place in 1997 and has been held every year since then in diverse Latin-American countries. The objective of the Conference is to exchange ideas and learn about the latest and most up-to-date information on legal and technological support instruments for Free Zones.

Middle East Infrastructure Development Congress (MEIDC) Since 1996 MEIDC brings together Governments, investors and project developers to fast-track infrastructure development. MEIDC is at the forefront of private participation in infrastructure development in the Middle East and enables discussion of models, legal frameworks and financial structures among partners.

OECD Global Forum on International Investment (GFII) is an open forum for policy dialogue among OECD members, non-members and other stakeholders worldwide.  It provides a platform for exchanging their expertise in meeting the challenges and opportunities created by international investment. Participants at the GFII will include key officials from OECD member and non-OECD governments, representatives from international organizations as well as members of important business groups, in particular the Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, the International Chamber of Commerce and members from the private sector.

US-Africa Business Summit Once every two years, the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) convenes a gathering in the US of business and government leaders with the shared commitment of promoting trade and investment between the US and Africa. The summit has as a goal to facilitate export/import trading, identify agents, representatives and distributors, explore joint venture partnerships and strategic alliances and promote FDI in Africa. The members of CCA include a number of top US corporates from the energy and gas sector, automotive, food industry, technology, the banking sector, etc.

UNCTAD Commision on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues aims at identifying national policies conducive to increasing the benefits from FDI, from targeted promotion policies to incentives and performance requirements, as well as measures to support the enterprise sector. The Commission meets every year in January to discuss many of these policies and how they are relate to international rules in the framework of multilateral agreements.

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