September 7-9, XIAMEN - CHINA
#WIC18
23RD WAIPA WORLD INVESTMENT CONFERENCE
#WIC18 CHINA
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About 23rd WAIPA World Investment Conference

A NEW ERA IN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT

The 23rd annual WAIPA World Investment Conference (#WIC18) is being held in Xiamen, China, from 7-9 September 2018. 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 Dubai (2017), it was emphasized that Foreign direct investments are vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth. FDI boost technological innovation, know-how transfer, contributes to job creation and adds productive capacity to the global economy. In recent years, we witnessed an ever-growing flow of FDI from developed into developing countries. However, also FDI from developing economies to developing ones grows steadily, creating thus beneficial spillovers through FDI all around the world contributing directly to welfare and prosperity.

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 to enter a new era in FDI, our overarching theme for this conference. It will guide our discussions in the different sessions of#WIC18.

WAIPA #WIC18 Xiamen debate sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Increasing Domestic Value Addition (DVA) through FDI: How to link local enterprises with FDI companies in the country
  • Business impacts through technology and partnerships
  • The rise of subnational IPAs. What does the future bring?

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.

CIFIT, CIPA and WAIPA welcome all IPA officials, members, and partners at WAIPAs flagship event.

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Schedule

 

7 SEPTEMBER 2018, FRIDAY

18:30 – 20:30          Gala Dinner

Location: Intercontinental Xiamen Banquet Hall
Dress code: Business Attire

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8 SEPTEMBER 2018, SATURDAY

09:00 – 11:30          Opening of CIFIT (restricted to invitation)

INSTITUTIONAL MEETINGS

11:30 – 13:00           Registration

13:00 – 16:00           Workshop*
Location: Room 3B

– Githa Roelans, Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit – International Labour Organization (ILO)
– Armando Heilbron, Global Investment Promotion Workstream Leader – World Bank Group/IFC
– Andrea Goldstein, Senior Economist, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
– Stefan Kratzsch, Industrial Development Officer – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
– Yongfu Ouyang, Economic Affairs Officer, Investment Promotion Section, DIAE, – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
– Workshop best practices: Enterprise Greece, API Mali, Invest in Sharjah


13:00 – 16:00          Steering Committee Meeting**
Location: Room 3C

16:15 – 18:00          WAIPA General Assembly Meeting***
Location: Room 3B

– Opening Call and Chairmanship
– Audited financial statements 2017-2018
– Annual Report of WAIPA activities 2017-2018

*/***) Participation in the Workshop and General Assembly is restricted to WAIPA Members

**) Participation in the Steering Committee Meeting is restricted to WAIPA Regional Directors

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9 SEPTEMBER 2018, SUNDAY

CONFERENCE DAY

Location: Room 1G

08:00 – 09:00           Registration

09:00  – 10:30           Conference Opening

– Welcome Address

– Wang Shouwen, Vice Minister of Commerce of PRC and Deputy China International Trade Representative, 王受文副部长致辞
– James Zhan, Senior Director of Investment and Enterprise – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
– Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director, Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
– Celestin Monga, Vice President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank
– Meng Qian, Vice Mayor of Xiamen Municipal Government
– Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance
– Official Opening

Signing of MoUs

10:30 – 11:00          Coffee Break

11:00  – 12:30          First Plenary Session

“Increasing Domestic Value Addition (DVA) through FDI: How to link local enterprises with FDI companies in the country”

Moderator:
– Cristian Rodriguez-Chiffelle, Head of Trade and Investment Policy, World Economic Forum (WEF)

Panelists:
– James Zhan, Senior Director of Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
– Githa Roelans, Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, International Labour Organization (ILO)
– Stefan Kratzsch, Industrial Development Officer, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
– Andrea Goldstein, Senior Economist, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
– Liu Dianxun, Director General of the Investment Promotion Agency of Commerce of PRC (CIPA), 刘殿勋局长

12:30 – 14:00          Luncheon

14:00 – 15:30          Second Plenary Session

“Business impacts through technology and partnerships”

Moderator:
– Adrienne Klasa, Development Finance Editor, fDi Magazine and The Banker, FT Group

Panelists:
– Simon Lacey, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Trade Facilitation and Market Access, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
– Anne Chappaz, Chief Trade and Investment Support Institutions Strengthening Section (TISI), International Trade Centre (ITC)
– Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the Enhance Integrated Framework (EIF) at the WTO
– Peter Fuhrman, Chairman, China First Capital

15:30 – 15:45          Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15           Third Plenary Session

“The rise of subnational IPAs. What does the future bring?”

Moderator:
– Christina Knutsson, Director/Partner – GDP Global

Panelists:
– Helen Hai, Founder & CEO, Made in Africa Initiative
– Armando Heilbron, Global Investment Promotion Workstream Leader, World Bank Group/IFC
– Chris Knight, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer, WAVTEQ Ltd.
– Niels Maas, Founder & CEO, Forglobal

17:15 – 17:30          Closing Remarks
By Bostjan Skalar,  CEO – WAIPA

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RATIONALE

 

A new era in FDI

Foreign direct investments are vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth. FDI boost technological innovation, know-how transfer, contributes to job creation and adds productive capacity to the global economy. In recent years, we witnessed an ever-growing flow of FDI from developed into developing countries. However, also FDI from developing economies to developing ones grows steadily, creating thus beneficial spillovers through FDI all around the world contributing directly to welfare and prosperity.

Investment Promotion Agencies have an important role not only to facilitate investments, but they also may function as idea provider how to improve their investment climates as they are in direct contact with investors. However, in a rapidly evolving field technology becomes increasingly important and IPAs need to be able to adapt quickly. Technological advancements and the 4th industrial revolution offer enormous chances to reach this, IPAs can be, if they have a clear focus and strategy and are flexible to adapt, the ideal partners for investors.

Sustainable Development

As investments outlive governments the formulation of policies and the creation of a framework and discourse that will accelerate us towards achieving the SDGs through sustainable investments will be essential in the upcoming years. While the global community of policy makers have shown a growing interest in linking international investment schemes to the UN SDGs there is an enormous gap to be filled with investments in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

WAIPA believes in cooperation and partnership. With its extensive ties WAIPA, as an active voice for IPAs around the world, aims to bring together government officials, and representatives from the private sector and academia to contribute collectively and continuously towards a common FDI policy and strategy. Closely working together with international organizations enables WAIPA to be able to create even more linkages and be an active voice for investment promotion with a particular focus on sustainable development.

Please click here in order to download the WIC18 Programme in PDF format.

FDI Leadership Training
6-7 September 2018, the FDI Excellence Series: FDI Leadership Training in collaboration with Andreas Dressler.

Please click here in order to see the details about FDI Leadership Training

http://www.waipa.org/the-fdi-excellence-series-training/

Speakers
Learn about the speakers of the #WIC18 conference.
Ms. Githa Roelans is Head of the Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit of the ILO Enterprises Department. The unit provides policy advice and technical support on the application of the principles of the ILO Tripartite Declaration concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) and plays a central role in the ILO’s engagement with...
Simon Lacey is currently Vice-President at Huawei Technologies Shenzhen China, working in the company’s Global Government Affairs division on issues of Trade Facilitation and Market Access. He is the lead author of a company white paper entitled Trade Rules for the Digital Economy. Prior to joining Huawei Simon (a native of Sydney Australia) obtained a...
HAI Helen is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador for industrialization in Africa. She is the Director General of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African government for industrialization and investment promotion. Ambassador Hai is Co-Founder of C&H Garments, which is a pioneer Pan-Africa export-oriented garments manufacturer. She is also heading...
James Zhan has been Director of Investment and Enterprise at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) since 2009. He also leads the preparation of the annual UN World Investment Report. Dr. Zhan has rich experience and expertise in trade, investment, technology, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, business facilitation and national development strategies. He has...
Peter Fuhrman is Chairman & CEO at China First Capital, a Greater China-focused international investment bank and principal investment firm headquartered in Shenzhen. Founded a decade ago, China First Capital advises and invests alongside a distinguished group of clients, including industry leaders in China, both private sector companies and SOEs, financial sponsors, as well as global...
Leader for Investment Promotion at the World Bank Group. Global executive with 32-yrs experience in international business, investment promotion and private sector development with development organizations, private sector associations, governments, multinationals, and SMEs mostly in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, and Africa, but also getting more involved in Eastern Europe and Asia. Within the...
Niels Maas (1971) CEO at Forglobal. Foreign investment expert. Strong advocate for global citizenship. Forglobal is a leading network for investment promotion agencies all around the world. Forglobal makes international expansion simple: we connect investment promotion agencies, service providers and foreign businesses across borders. Forglobal is rapidly building its international business community where you can...
Kenny McDonald, CEcD Kenny has served as president and chief economic officer of Columbus 2020 since the organization’s inception in 2010. He has helped lead the execution of the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy and development of the Columbus Region’s competitiveness agenda, and he has also built local and national partnerships that have accelerated the...
  Anne Chappaz is the Chief of the Institutional Strengthening Section of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva. ITC is a joint UN and WTO organisation, building the international competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses. Her team of experts deliver trade and investment impact for good, by helping trade and investment promotion organizations...
Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari has been serving the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization as its Executive Director since October 2013. Prior to this assignment, Mr Adhikari was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously, he served,...
Stefan Kratzsch has been working for almost 15 years for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in areas of investment promotion and private sector development. He is employed as an Industrial Development Officer in the Investment Promotion Division of UNIDO’s Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII). He was part of the UNIDO team...
Cristián is currently the Associate Director for International Trade and Investment at the World Economic Forum. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, an LL.B. from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was an Edward S. Mason...
Christina became partner of GDP Global Development in 2005 when leaving Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA – now Business Sweden). With 20 years dedicated to investment promotion, she has successfully undertaken multiple strategic consulting and training assignments in investment promotion for national and regional governments, embassies and IPAs across 70 countries on the five continents,...
Célestin Monga is Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. He previously served as Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and Senior Advisor/Director for Structural Transformation at the World Bank. He has held various board and senior positions in academia and financial services, including...
Mr. Liu Dianxun is Director General of the Investment Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (CIPA). He successively served as Deputy Director of the Department of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Second Secretary of the Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Embassy of...
Wang Shouwen, male and of Han ethnicity, was born in Xuancheng, Anhui Province in Mar. 1966. He started his career in Feb. 1989 and joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Apr. 1986. Wang obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Hunan University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of International Business...
Mr. Upendra Tripathy, former Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, has made exceptional and outstanding contribution in ushering in the 175 GW target and policies that transformed India’s renewable energy sector between 2014 and 2016. In ex-officio capacity, he has headed Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI),...
Adrienne Klasa is Development Finance Editor of The Banker and fDi magazines at the Financial Times Group. Previously she was Editor of This is Africa, the Financial Times’ flagship Africa publication. Her writing has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. She speaks and moderates at events worldwide...
Conference Venue
WIC18 will be held in 1G Bailu Hall in Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China.