Annual Investment Meeting 2021 (organized by AIM)

Annual Investment Meeting 2021 (organized by AIM)

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Time: 08:30-11:00

Investments in digitalization

According to the International Data Corporation, direct digital transformation investments are expected to total $6.8 trillion between 2020 and 2023, and 65% of the world’s GDP is set to be digitalized by 2022. This will be driven by the accelerated adoption of digitalization and the heightened demand for contactless solutions and cloud services.

The adoption of AI, big data, internet of things, cloud computing and 5G are disrupting and streamlining industries. The impact of COVID-19 has led to accelerated adoption of digital infrastructure, which is reflected in the private sector and embraced by governments worldwide.

In this session, we will invite leading government officials, private sector representatives, academic scholars and tech investors to discuss the future opportunities that lie with digitalization and discuss the roadmap to outline a model that will attract FDI successfully.

Investments in technology holds the reins of future manufacturing

Industry 4.0 established the adoption of digital twins, internet of things , additive manufacturing, AI, robotics, automation and the like, to name but a few. The onset of the pandemic forced manufacturers to reduce the gap between humans and machines. This accelerated the adoption of and investment in “smart systems” and “intelligent factories”. Can we say we have moved from industry 4.0 to industry 5.0? The pandemic has only forced corporations towards their increasing reliance on machines and digital platforms.

This session will bring together leaders, experts, industrialists, business owners, and investors on one platform to discuss the importance of manufacturing technology and the need to invest in upgrading manufacturing infrastructure for higher productivity and economic interconnectedness.

Interview Session: FDI in technology


  • Ms. Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-chief, Investment Monitor


  • Mr. Christophe Reech, Group Chairman and CEO, Reech Corporations Group

Keynote Presentation: Future industries/industry 5.0 – A essence and the need for personalization

     Guru Speaker:

  • Mr. Mark Mobius, Partner, Mobius Capital Partners, UK


    Panel: Investments in technology holds the reins of future manufacturing

  • Mr. Diego Molano Vega, Former Minister, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Republic of Colombia
  • Mr. Zoran Lazarevic, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson Middle East and Africa
  • Mr. David Hobart, Chief Investment Officer, Monochrome Asset Management, Australia
  • Prof. Howard Yu, LEGO Professor of Management and Innovation, IMD Business School
  • Mr. Paschalis Bouchoris, Managing Director, Country Manager, BlackRock


  • Ms. Verena Weber, Head, Communication Infrastructures and Services Policy Unit, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

    Panel: Investments in digitalization

  • Mr. Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, UNIDO
  • Mr. Douglas K. Woods, President, AMT, The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Mr. Ralph R Debbas , Chairman and CEO, W Motors
  • Dr. Abdelqader Abusafieh, SVP Technology and Advanced Materials, Strata Manufacturing PJSC


  • Mr. Abhay Bhargava, Senior Director and Regional Leader, Energy & Environment and Industrial Practice, Frost and Sullivan MEASA

Event managers: Mr. Walid Farghal and Mr. Prashant Odhrani
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