The 22nd annual WAIPA World Investment Conference (#WIC17) is being held in Dubai, UAE, on November 27-28, 2017. This annual meeting will bring together Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from all around the world; other government officials, development sector leaders, private sector representatives and academics relevant to FDI policy and strategy.

At last year’s WIC in Istanbul (2016), it was emphasized that WAIPA has the crucial role as an informative intermediary between IPAs and governments to help increase the FDI score for countries, and between private sector businesses and IPAs to address key economic challenges, and create a Global Investment Policy Narrative to enhance and promote inclusive investments. These sustainable investments should create decent jobs and should help the technology transfer. The fight against investments that are exploitative or inequitable cannot be won singlehandedly by IPAs alone, but collectively as a global community.

That is why WAIPA continues to put full effort on empowerment of IPAs and their corporate development with the support of other international bodies and global community and created this year together with its Consultative Committee Members programs and projects to enhance IPAs capacities, for them to use FDI as a driving force for sustainable development, our overarching theme for this conference. It will guide our discussions in the different sessions of #WIC17.

WAIPA #WIC17 Dubai debate sessions will focus on the following topics:
– Empowering IPAs and creating a positive investment environment to achieve the SDGs
– Global Value Chain: Growth and Entrepreneurship through Linkages
– Corporate Investment Drivers, Challenges and the Future of FDI

WAIPA believes in partnerships and cooperation and brings together the three key players to discuss what makes investments more sustainable: global businesses, Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) professionals that can help scale up quality of investment promotion and the leaders of relevant international organizations.

Dubai FDI and WAIPA welcomes all IPA officials, members, and partners at WAIPAs flagship event.