A full-day series of capacity building
workshops is organized for the fist time on Sunday, one day ahead of the Annual
Investment Meeting (AIM) which is due to kick off in Dubai on Monday.
The six capacity building workshops are meant
to honing skills of those working in various investment sectors, including economic
development departments, free zones, chambers, private funds, investors, investment
promotion agencies, sovereign wealth fund and global experts.
Within this context, series of interactive
presentations and discussions will be held by international experts from
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Association of Investment
Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), GDP Global
and Investment Consulting Associates (ICA).
The prestigious line-up of speakers and
panelists for workshops include Philip Kucharski, Chief
Operating Officer of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Nicolle
Graugnard, Senior Policy Manager for Commission on Trade and Investment Policy,
ICC World Trade Agenda Initiative of ICC, Zoe Harries, Marketing and Business
Development Director of Investment Consulting Associate (ICA), Laurens Van der
Schoor, Free Zones and Incentives Advisor of ICA, Chris Knight, Global
Commercial Director of fDi Intelligence, Dr. Henry Loewendahl, CEO of WAVTEQ,
Christian Kollinsky, Senior Director of Sustainable Development WAVTEQ, Michael
Maduell, President of Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), John Hanna,
Managing Director of GDP Global, Christina Knutsson Director/Partner GDP
Global, Jonathan Earl, Managing Director of Strategic Communication of FTI
Consulting, Antti Aumo, Executive Director of Business Finland and Yong Kook
Kim, Head of Invest Korea, are among many other renowned business leaders.
The first workshop – to open later Sunday - will
be on emerging technologies and opportunities for Investment Promotion Agencies
(IPAs) in partnership with World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). This
workshop will aim to look at how IPAs can contribute to creating a sound
investment climate for attracting and promoting emerging technologies, and at
the same time how these emerging technologies can be used to further attract
The second workshop in partnership with GDP
Global, will focus on enabling policies and programs to create competitive city
regions and programs that all city regions need to deliver on; hard, soft and
digital infrastructure, environment, global trade, education, entrepreneurship
This will be followed by the ICC workshop;
which will explore how chambers of commerce can undertake in fostering
public-private dialogues, catalyzing new partnerships and alliances, and
exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development.
The interactive session will bring together
business leaders to share best practices and to discuss the pivotal role
chambers of commerce will play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A key feature of the workshop will be an
exchange of views on how the private sector can work with governments to
achieve inclusive, people-centered sustainable development.
The fourth workshop will be moderated by the
president of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, which breaks into a specialized
discussion of how public asset owners of all shapes and size - including
sovereign funds, development banks, public pensions, and superannuation funds -
have been employed by governments in increasing numbers to address an array of
fiscal and economic challenges in an ever-changing financial landscape.
The next workshop focuses on maximizing the
benefits of sustainable investment, in partnership with WAVTEQ. The workshop
will focus on how sustainable investment increases the benefits of FDI for a
nation, what are the latest trends in sustainable investment and how can an
organization attract sustainable investment.
The sixth and last workshop, in partnership
with Investment Consulting Associates, will address how companies make
investment decisions and how investment promotion agencies influence the
location decision-making process through marketing and communications.
AIM is a platform that emphasizes on learning
and gathering knowledge. The awareness that workshop attendees will get from
global experts, will support them to improve their knowledge on foreign direct
investment (FDI), world economic policies, sovereign funds of different
nations, investments, business development and many other fields.
Moreover, attendees will get certificates from
higher authorities, which will empower them in future.
Dawood Al Shezawi, the CEO of AIM Organizing
Committee, said “It will be an enriching experience designed to provide
attendees with a comprehensive overview of investment-related topics. Sometimes
it’s very crucial for projects owners to find right investors. They may have a
very good and promising project in hand with no one to invest on."
“Core reason for this is wrong approach to
investors. AIM workshop will train project owners to build capacity for
attracting investors, financiers and powerful policy makers globally," he
“Investment promotion agencies will be trained
to be proficient to promote investment, run roadshows and make intellectual
investments. The informative approach of this assistance will be combined with
a tactical review of operational requirements through practical case studies,”
The three-day AIM will produce an outstanding
investment conference with top-notch global experts, renowned academics and
experienced consultants to update AIM audiences with contemporary investment
trends in an ever-changing domain of FDI.
AIM, the largest annual gathering of
government ministers, trade bodies, chambers of commerce and industries,
investment authorities as well as private investor groups, will see a flurry of
activities including investment policy reforms, ease in doing business to allow
greater flow of capital and goods movement across the region.
In a span of three days, an array of
activities are staged including a Conference, Exhibition, Capacity Building
Workshops, Country Presentations, Investors’ Hub, Gala Dinner, Investment
Awards, various G2G, G2B and B2B Networking Features, AIM Start-up Innovation
Showcase and Pitch Competition.