Investment Promotion Workshop/World Investment Forum 2018

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WAIPA was delighted to be part of the 10th anniversary of the World Investment Forum 2018, which will took place from 22 to 26 October 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Organized under the overall theme “Investing in Sustainable Development”, the 2018 Forum addressed global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. It  provided opportunities for open dialogues among all investment stakeholders, brainstorming of solution-oriented initiatives and fostering global partnerships to advance prosperity for all.


On 22 October, first day of the forum a WAIPA workshop was organized. This workshop provided investment promotion officials key information and guidance on how to engage in the targeting and facilitation of investment in SDG-related projects. Best practices, feedback, and insights from investment promotion agencies were  incorporated in UNCTAD’s investment related research and technical cooperation programme.


Great insights were shared by WAVTEQ‘s Dr Henry Loewendahl, CAIPA President Diane M. Edwards; Anna Falth, Senior Programme Manager at UN Women and Dubai FDI CEO and WAIPA VP Fahad Al Gergawi. Best practices were shared by WAIPA members Dr. Anuj Joshua Mathew from Department for International Trade (DIT), Annelize Van der Merwe from the dti (Department of Trade and Industry: Republic of South Africa) and WAIPA Steering Committee members Dushyant Thakor from Invest India and Vanessa Gibson from CINDE – Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency.