Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai

For the third time in a row, the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) had a pleasure to participate and contribute as an official Knowledge Partner to the Annual Investment Meeting.

The ninth edition of AIM took place under the theme of “Mapping the future of FDI: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalization”. The meeting attracted participants from the public and private sector, ministers and government departments, international organizations, investors, chambers of commerce, industrial and economic zones, baking and financial institutions and consultants.

On 7 April WAIPA organized a workshop which focused on the rapidly-changing trends within Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) and how their growing number of mandates impact their adaptability to remain competitive. Investment promotion professionals showcased which opportunities IPAs have to reach their full potential and how current trends might further influence and enhance their crucial role in attracting investments.

Speakers included Bostjan Skalar, WAIPA CEO, Sarah Russis, Head of Global Sales at fDi Intelligence a Financial Times company, Jorge Sequeira, Chief Executive Offices of The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) and George Campanellas, Director General of Invest Cyprus.

On 8 April, WAIPA CEO was invited to speak in the Investment Promotion Agency Roundtable on Attracting Investments in the 4.0 World. Under moderation of Henry Loewendahl, CEO of WAVTEQ the panel explored how the technological revolution affects the investment climate in the host countries for FDI projects and what IPAs need to do to adapt to the changing dynamics of cross-border business and the emerging industry 4.0. Panelists from Invest HK, Hong Kong, Estonian Investment Agency, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ukraine Invest, The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) and Invest Cyprus discussed whether incentives are the key to FDI attraction and job creation in the digital world and how big data can help IPAs identify the right promotion strategy for the right investors for its market.

On 10 April, as part of the joint initiative by WAIPA and Hamdan Centre for the Future of Investment (HCFI) the IPAs Capacity 2030 Workshop on Building Capacity for Impact FDI Success was held as part of a wider consultation effort to identify and address key learning and development areas that will enhance the IPAs performance, from SDG project development and impact measurement at community, city and national levels to sustainable innovation. The workshop demonstrated how to engage youth and drive talented human capital into the FDI industry. HCFI and WAIPA, are looking to forge strategic partnerships with leading global investors to establish a future-fit learning and development trajectories.

At the Gala Dinner, the AIM Investment Awards 2019 were announced. WAIPA congratulates all Investment Promotion Agencies for winning the awards with great projects.