Conference Programme

7 April 2019 AIM Capacity Building Day
The Event officially starts on the 8th of April, Capacity Building Workshops on the 7th of April require a separate registration.
10:00 - 13:00
Workshop I: WAIPA

Trends in investment promotion and their impact

Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai B
Language: English 

The work of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) is changing rapidly. With an ever-growing number of mandates covered by IPAs and new technologies emerging while on the other hand foreign direct investments (FDI) consecutively slowing down over the last years, IPAs need to adapt accordingly to remain competitive and to optimize their performance.
 
In this workshop organized by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), investment promotion professionals will showcase 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:
Sarah Russis Kraïem
Head of Global Sales
fDi Intelligence
fDi Intelligence a Financial Times company


Bostjan Skalar,
Chief Executive Officer
WAIPA, Turkey

Jorge Sequeira

Managing Director
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)

George Campanellas
Director General
Invest Cyprus 
10:00 - 13:00
Workshop II: GDP Global

How to Create Smart Cities

Venue: Meeting Room - Dubai D
Language: English 

Global citizens are now beginning to experience the full impact of the digital and information economy – the 4th Industrial Revolution. New technologies are progressing faster than most of us can imagine; so much so that it is difficult to anticipate how the future will look – the downsides and job/economic losses compared with economic upsides that could benefit us all.
 
So, what should cities be doing to ensure they can compete for talent, stay relevant globally and find their competitiveness niche positions?
 
This workshop will cover the following points:
1. Enabling policies and programmes to create competitive and smart city regions.
2. Examples of best practice in placing city regions on the international world map for global trade and investment.
3. The seven economic programmes that all city regions need to deliver; from infrastructure to innovation
  1. Smart city investment - what it is and how to implement it.
John Hanna
Director
GDP Global
14:00 - 17:00
Workshop III: WAVTEQ  

How to attract FDI from the Gulf: Investment Opportunities and Best Practices

Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai B
Language: English 

This workshop will examine in-depth what are the FDI opportunities to attract investment from Gulf based companies and what are the best practices in how to identify and engage with Gulf investors. The objective of the workshop is to help IPAs attending AIM attract FDI from the Gulf. 

The workshop will be led by a team of experts from WAVTEQ and our local partner, Euro Arab Associates, with nearly 20 years of experience attracting Gulf FDI.



The key modules to be covered include:

1. FDI trends and opportunities for Gulf investment overseas

2. Best practices in how to identify and engage with Gulf companies

3. Success case studies from other IPAs

4. Business culture and how to nurture and build relations with investment decision makers and close deals

Speakers:
Henry Loewendahl
Founder & CEO
Wavteq, UK

Chris Knight
Chief Commercial Officer
WAVTEQ, UK

Daniel Callaghan,
Senior Vice President, EMEA
WAVTEQ, UK

Ralf Degenhardt
Chief Executive Officer
Euro Arab Consultants

Nisan Abdulkader
Emerging Market Specialist
WAVTEQ, UK
14:00 - 17:00
Workshop IV: Conway Inc.
The Future of Investment Promotion in an Era of Disruption
Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai D
Language: English

 

The accelerating rate of global change presents a profound challenge to our ability to plan, manage and attract trade and investment. To maintain a competitive advantage, investment and trade promotion organizations must look further into the future and survey a wider spectrum of potential global and regional disruptions if they want to improve their organization’s performance. Driven particularly by industry 4.0 themes such as digitization, the future of work, connectivity, political instability (including shifting human geography)  and protectionism, and new modes of collaboration, this session will uncover many of the challenges that lie ahead and recognize innovative efforts to achieve high levels of collective success. 

Speaker: 
Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President - Advisory
Conway, Inc. 

Guillermo Mazier
Vice President Global Innovation
Conway, Inc.
 

   
 
Day One - 8 April 2019 Annual Investment Meeting - Day One
08:00 – 10:00
Registration & Badges Collection
09:00 – 10:00
Delegates Proceed to the Opening Ceremony Room
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Language: English/French/Arabic/Chinese/Russian
10:00 – 10:05
Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks by the Master of Ceremony
10:05 – 11:15
Plenary Session One: Global Leaders Debate: Shaping the Digital Future of Foreign Direct Investment

Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23 percent in 2017. Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries, where international investment is crucial for sustainable industrial development as per the latest World Investment Report issued by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Given the current downward trend in foreign direct investment, the Global Leader’s Debate will discuss the impact of digitalization, robotization, and technology playing a vital role in changing the current investment landscape.

The session will discover the necessary measures countries need to adapt to develop a truly globalized economy. It will also touch upon the challenges, economies face with the rapidly changing environment and developing the right policies to cope with such change.

The high-level panel will convene heads of state, academia, heads of international institutions, leaders in the field of technology and investors from developed, developing and mature economies.

Keynote Debaters: 
Rustam Minnikhanov
President
Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Republic 

H.E. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary General
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
 

Steve Bertamini
Chief Executive Officer
Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation, Saudi Arabia 

Dr. Chunyuan Gu
President, Region Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) & Member of the Group Executive Committee
ABB Ltd, Switzerland


Dr. James Mworia
Group Chief Executive Director
Centum Investments, Kenya

Vera Songwe

Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

11:15 – 12:00
Interview with Industry Leader
12:00 – 12:30
Grand Opening Speeches
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch Break (High-level networking)
14:00 – 15:00
Plenary Session Two: Blockchain, Technology, Big Data & AI: Foreseeing the Impact of Digital Economies

Digitalization is seen as the biggest transformation since mass production. It is transforming industries across the globe and having a profound effect on global trade and investment. This is forcing policymakers to rethink their approach to keep pace with the rapid shift in technology.
 
The session will convene technology leaders, policymakers and foreign investment specialists to discuss the main opportunities and challenges for creating an inclusive digital economy. The discussion will also highlight the role of foreign direct investment in driving the spread of digitalization as well as the changing nature of FDI itself and the impact this has on locations seeking to attract investment.

Session Chair:
Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center, Germany

Panelists:
James Zhan
Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise
UNCTAD, Geneva

Sreeram Visvanathan

Global Managing Director, Government
IBM

Fernando Augusto Loureiro
Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Intel, Latin America and Canada


Simon Lacey
Vice-president Global Government Affairs – Trade Facilitation and Market Access
Huawei Technologies, China

Henrik Von Scheel
Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness
Switzerland

15:00 – 16:00
Plenary Session Three: Countering the Global Rise of Protectionism Policies for Sustainable Growth

The benefits from International trade far outweigh any feasible economic forecast that can be achieved through protectionism. However, large economies which were at the forefront of free trade are moving towards more protectionist policies. These moves are altering the global trade landscape, making it ever so difficult for industries, human capital, and technology to reap the benefits of globalization.

This session will focus on the impact of protectionism on trade and foreign direct investment, discussing the cause and effect of the adoption of such policies; formulating the best means to counter these policies, highlighting the government’s role in developing the domestic market without hampering international trade.

Session Chair:
Kai Hammerich
President
KA Foreign Investment Corporation, Sweden

Panelist:
Yonov Frederick Agah
Deputy Director-General
World Trade Organization, Switzerland

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria 
 
H.E. Bogolo J. Kenewendo
Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry
Botswana

Patrick Kirby 
Senior Economist

The World Bank, United Stated of America

Dr. Antonio de Lecea
Associate Professor of Economics, Basque Country University (UPV), Spain
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Business and Economics Program, USA

Andrea Goldstein

Senior Economist
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

16:00 – 17:00
Plenary Session Four: Investment Promotion Agency Roundtable: Attracting Investments in the 4.0 World

Widespread changes in technology are disrupting nearly all sectors of the global market. Leading to the creation of new jobs, new industries and new opportunities, which would require the government to rework their current policies. This session will discover how the technological revolution affects the investment climate in the host countries for FDI projects? What IPAs need to do to adapt to the changing dynamics of cross-border business and the emerging industry 4.0? Are incentives the key to FDI attraction and job creation in the growing digital world? How big data can help IPAs identify the right promotion strategy for the right investors for its market.

Session Chair:

Chris Knight
Global Commercial Director
fDi Intelligence, UK

R.Yofi Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana

Allan Selirand
Director
Estonian Investment Agency, Estonia

Bostjan Skalar,

Chief Executive Officer
WAIPA, Turkey

Charles Ng
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion
InvestHK, Hong Kong

Jorge Sequeira
Managing Director
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) ​

George Campanellas
Director General
Invest Cyprus 

17:00
End of Conference Programme Day 1
9 April 2019 Day Two
All Delegates make their way to AIM Plenary Sessions
10:00 – 10:05
Opening Remarks
10:05 – 10:20
Day 2 Opening Keynote Address
10:20 – 10:35

Keynote Presentation:

Amit Bhatia

Chief Executive Officer

Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), United Kingdom

10:20 - 11:20
Plenary Session Five: Investors Debate: Investing for Change

A growing number of investors are scouting for options which can create a positive impact on the society and the world at large. Investments such as environmental, social and governance (ESG), socially responsible investing (SRI) and impact investing are terms coined for ethical investing. ESG investment has grown by 37 percent in 2017 to more than $445 billion which is a very positive trend. These mainstream investment platforms have proved to be successful by making a social impact and generating encouraging returns. This session will dig deeper into the true value and the future for ethical investments?

Session Chair:
Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President - Advisory
Conway, Inc.

Panelist:
 
Jean-Philippe de Schrevel
Founder and Managing Partner
Bamboo Capital Partners, Switzerland
 

Amit Bhatia

Chief Executive Officer

Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), United Kingdom

Abhishek Sharma
Chief Executive Officer
Foundation Holdings, United Arab Emirates

11:20 - 12:10 Plenary Session Six: Family Office Roundtable: Investing in the Future

There has been a significant increase in the number of family offices globally over the last ten years and this trend is expected to continue. EY estimates that there are currently 10,000 single-family offices, a ten-fold increase since 2008. Even more impressive is the sheer amount of wealth being managed by these firms.
 
These high-net-worth families have made their presence felt across different sectors, investing and diversifying their portfolio. In this session, the family offices will discuss the key elements they look for before investing.
 
Session Chair:
Peter J R Aylwin
Director
Aetos Limited, United Kingdom
12:10 – 13:00
Plenary Session Seven: Small and Medium Enterprise Focus: Strengthening SMEs in a Digitalized World

Technological Innovation is the key driver for SME growth. No matter how small the SME maybe it has access to the world market due to globalization and e-commerce. Companies such as Alibaba & Amazon provide platforms for SMEs to access the world markets. Governments across the world are facilitating greater incentive plans for SMEs as they make up a large share of the county’s economy. There are certain challenges and opportunities of globalization for the industry, and this session will cover all the points related to SMEs growth, international appeal and competitiveness. 

Session Chair:

David East
Head of FDI and Economic Products 

Bureau van Dijk, a Moody’s Analytics Company, UK
 

Panelist:

Hon. Tjekero Tweya
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development
Republic of Namibia
 

Manish Patel
Partner
Highland Capital, United States of America

Qamar Saleem
Global Lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance Practice
International Finance Corporation 


Mo Aideed
Chief Operating Officer
Qpal, United Arab Emirates

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch Break (High level networking)
14:30 – 14:50 Special Presentation: The Future of Work

Henrik Von Scheel
Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness, Switzerland
14:50 – 15:50
Plenary Session Eight: FDI and Human Capital: The Evolution of Workforce in a Digitally Globalized World

With technological evolution and globalization, many jobs have been lost, and new once have been created. The adoption of automation and AI technologies will transform the workplace as people increasingly interact with ever-smarter machines. These technologies, and that human-machine interaction, will bring numerous benefits in the form of higher productivity, GDP growth, improved corporate performance, and new prosperity, but they will also change the skills required of human workers.

Many foreign countries provide companies with attractive greenfield investment opportunities with offers such as tax incentives or tax break options. This in return invites talented workforce from across the globe plus develop the local workforce.

This session will discuss how companies and governments can work together to attract and retain a talented workforce.

Session Chair:

Dr. Joachim Arnold
Chief Operating Officer
OCO Global, Germany

Panelist:

Mario Cimoli 
Deputy Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile

Elena N. Veryovochkina
Regional Director
Rosgosstrakh Bank, Russia

Henrik Von Scheel

Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness, Switzerland

Daniele Schilirò
Associate Professor of Economics
University of Messina, Italy

15:50– 16:50
Plenary Session Nine: Regional Focus: Withstanding Headwinds in the Foreign Direct Investment Market

The World Investment Report stated that the foreign direct investment fell by 23 percent in 2017. Latin America and the Caribbean saw a rise in FDI by 8% to reach $151 billion, lifted by the region’s economic recovery.

Africa saw a 21% decline from 2016 to $42 billion in 2017; weak oil prices and harmful ongoing macroeconomic effects from the commodity bust saw flows contract in major host African economies.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to developing Asia in 2017 remained at the level of 2016 ($476 billion). The region regained its position as the largest recipient of FDI in the world as its share in global inflows rose from 25% in 2016 to 33% in 2017.

Developed Economies such as USA, France, Switzerland, Australia, etc; have seen a fall in FDI by 37.1%.

This session will gather experts from various regions to discuss the general trends and what efforts are being made to improve their current market conditions.

Session Chair:
Henry Loewendahl
Founder & CEO
Wavteq, UK

Hiro Shirakawa, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Chief Economist, Japan
Credit Suisse Securities (Japan) Limited
 
Andrea Goldstein
Senior Economist
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

Daniel Richards

MENA Economist, Global Markets & Treasury
Emirates NBD, United Arab Emirates

16:50– 17:00
AIM 2019 Outcomes Discussion Session
17:00
Closing Ceremony
10 April 2019 Day Three
10:00 – 17:00
Invest In: A Series of Discussions on Regional Investments

The world is changing at an accelerated pace due to a myriad to developments such as technological progress, (geo) political developments and climate change. Change brings with it uncertainty and risks, which influence investment decisions

Government needs to address both change and investor sentiment via policy decisions and legal frameworks. It is the duty of government to create an ecosystem that allows both society and the economy to thrive.

A clear understanding of domestic and international risks is as pivotal for government to make wise decisions as it is for investors to choose the right projects. For government the policy choices are manifold from protectionist policies to a free trade ideology. Money talks; therefore, investors have the freedom of choice as to where they want to place their investments.

This leaves us with the question of how prepared the various regions are to deal with these issues.

“Regional Focus” will analyze a region’s economic landscape, dissecting the risks, challenges and opportunities of the nations making up the region. The session will assess the economic landscape of national economies and its resulting impact on the regional economic ecosystem, while identifying areas and industries where economic growth can be expected.

The forum will convene key policy-makers, institutional and non-institutional investors, as well as heads of international institutions, political economists and key experts. They will debate and predict challenges and opportunities

10:00 – 12:00
Managed By: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
 
Digital Identity for Africa: Realizing the benefits for the continent’s transformation
 
Digitalization is shaping today’s global economic relations. Digital trade has established a considerable footprint, with business-to-business e-commerce transactions estimated to be worth over $15 trillion annually, and business-to-customer transactions a further $1 trillion. African e-commerce is also rapidly growing, at an estimated annual rate of 40%. Indeed, the digital economy in Africa is expected to grow to over $300 billion by 2025 (McKinsey, 2013), on the back of massive mobile penetration, among other technologies. The basis for such digital transactions are digital identity (ID) systems and platforms.
 
The opportunities that digital ID has to offer are manifold. Full deployment of digital ID has the potential to service a range of beneficiaries including citizens, businesses and government. Deployment of digital ID can help banks to open accounts for more than 500 million people in Africa (World Bank, 2017). Modernizing government ID systems opens the way to huge efficiency gains in business that come from digital transactions, provided the data are trusted. Digital ID systems yield gains in efficiency and convenience that could result in global taxpayer savings of up to $50 billion per year by 2020 (Boston Consulting Group, 2012). By advancing government accountability and transparency, digital ID systems through online transactions and other e-services, can also reduce the corruption, illicit financial flows and theft in paper-based systems.
 
Digital identification can also be an important catalyst for various development initiatives in the continent, impacting on trade, governance, social protection, financial inclusion, domestic resource mobilization, as well as security and human rights. The efficiency and certainty that digital identity gives in the facilitation of digital exchange of goods and services, can make the benefits of the AfCFTA become even more tangible for a wider African population. It is important therefore, even as we celebrate the signing, ratification and future entry into force of the AfCFTA, that Africa starts addressing the soft, and sometimes structural barriers that can undermine the agreement’s full benefits.
 
Indeed, some African countries and regions are making big strides in developing their digital ID systems. Several eID initiatives have been launched in countries such as Rwanda, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Senegal and Liberia, where some of these initiatives include biometrics, the majority in the form of fingerprints. Overall, the 15 ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) member States are taking the lead and launched a biometric ID card as a travel ID in the region. While there is evidence of progress, these developments notwithstanding, Africa is yet to fully harness the benefits of digital ID. And there are many, ranging from establishing a legal identity for all through effective digital identification systems, to catalyzing social protection, financial inclusion, governance and digital trade, among others.
 
Cognizant of these developments and given their relevance for African Member States, the ECA in collaboration with the Africa Union Commission (AUC) is promoting an initiative on digital identity in Africa. This work is being spearheaded to complementing interlinked development objectives under Agenda 2030 and 2063 through digital ID in the continent.
10:00 – 10:10
Introduction
10:10 – 10:30
Presentation of the ECA-AUC Digital Identity Initiative for Africa
Stephen Karingi
Director Regional Integration and Trade Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
10:30 - 11:20
Panel Discussion

Stephen Karingi
Director Regional Integration and Trade Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
 

Roy Ombatti
Founder and CEO
Happy Feet Footwear & AB3D, Kenya


 
11:20 - 11:40
Q&A
11:40 - 12:00
Closing Remarks
10:00 - 12:00 Invest In: Latin America and the Caribbean (Breakout Room B)
Managed By: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
 
Foreign direct investment to accelerate the digital transformation of the Latin American production system
 
Digital technologies are becoming faster, cheaper and more powerful. Population in Latin America and the Caribbean are rapidly embracing those technologies; however, the region still has a gap in the digital transformation of the production system.
 
The adoption of digital technologies - like Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, cloud computing, big data analytics, additive manufacturing (3D printers), robotics and artificial intelligence systems - in traditional industries is increasingly needed to compete successfully in data intensive markets. In addition, the region can develop sectors based on the production of intangible goods and services; and it is becoming imperative to promote innovation and make new technologies affordable, as well as developing adequate skills in firms and promote a culture of technology awareness (CEPAL, 2018). Finally, to thrive in the digital economy, the region requires greater investments in digital infrastructure, data centers, and telecommunications networks and in the underlying power and logistics infrastructure.
 
To face those challenges, foreign direct investment plays a key role and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are aware. In this panel, high-level representatives from the government and private sector will exchange ideas about the greatest investment opportunities, challenges and initiatives they are carrying-out nowadays.
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
10:10 - 10:30 ECLAC presentation: “Data, algorithms and policies: redefining the digital world”
10:30 - 11:20 Panel Discussion

Mario Cimoli
Deputy Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile
 

Fernando Augusto Loureiro
Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Intel, Latin America and Canada

 
Federico Tabja Pérez
Chief of Staff
InvestChile, Chile
11:20 - 11:40 Q &A
11:40 - 12:00 Closing Remarks
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
   

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