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
Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai B
Language: English 
10:00 - 13:00
Workshop II: GDP Global
Venue: Meeting Room - Dubai D
Language: English 
14:00 - 17:00
Workshop III: WAVTEQ  
Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai B
Language: English 
14:00 - 17:00
Workshop IV: Investment Consulting Associates
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. 

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 – 11:35
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.

11:35 – 12:30
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 force since mass production. It has had a profound effect on global trade and investment, transforming industries & sectors across the globe. This has forced policymakers to rethink its current standards and policies, to be at pace with the rapid shift in technology.

The session will convene regulators, technology leaders, and policymakers to discuss the various opportunities and challenges for a digitally inclusive economy and assess the impact of Blockchain technology on the global investment landscape. It will also touch upon sustainable development through digital transformation and deliberate the various measured that need to be taken to make the market more welcoming for the private sector and foreign investments in this field.

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.

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.

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 – 11:20
Interview with Industry Leader
11:20 – 12:10
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?

12:10 – 13:00
Plenary Session Six: 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.

13:00 – 14:30
Lunch Break (High level networking)
14:30 – 15:30
Plenary Session Seven: 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.

15:30 – 16:30
Plenary Session Eight: 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.

16:30– 17:00
Plenary Session Nine: AIM 2019 Outcomes Discussion Session
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
Invest In:Africa (Breakout Room A) 
10:00 – 10:10
10:10 – 10:30
Launch of Country Investment Report
10:30 - 11:20
Panel Discussion
11:20 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:00
Closing Remarks
10:00 - 12:00 Invest In:Africa (Breakout Room B) 
10:00 - 10:10 Introduction
10:10 - 10:30 Launch of Country Investment Report
10:30 - 11:20 Panel Discussion
11:20 - 11:40 Q &A
11:40 - 12:00 Closing Remarks
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Invest In: Asia (Breakout Room A)
14:00 - 14:10 Introduction
14:10 - 14:30 Launch of Country Investment Report
14:30 - 15:20 Panel Discussion
15:20 - 15:40 Q &A
15:40 - 16:00 Closing Remarks 

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