|10:05 – 11:15
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.
Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Republic
H.E. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
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
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
|14:00 – 15:00
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.
FDI Center, Germany
Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise
Global Managing Director, Government
Fernando Augusto Loureiro
Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Intel, Latin America and Canada
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
|15:00 – 16:00
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.
KA Foreign Investment Corporation, Sweden
Yonov Frederick Agah
World Trade Organization, Switzerland
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
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
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France
|16:00 – 17:00
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.
Global Commercial Director
fDi Intelligence, UK
Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana
Estonian Investment Agency, Estonia
Chief Executive Officer
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion
InvestHK, Hong Kong
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)