FDI Statistics Symposium

Bridging investment data gaps
Session Type
Session Themes
Investment Statistics
Room number
Hall 3 Room 10-B
Contact Email
20 October 2023
09:00 - 11:00 Abu Dhabi

Reliable data are essential for informed policymaking on investment for sustainable development. The FDI statistics symposium will discuss the latest developments in the area of investment statistics, focusing on ongoing work in international organizations on data standards and definitions, FDI data compilation and reporting issues in developing countries, complementary datasets to strengthen data interpretation, and bridging data gaps in thematic areas such as the SDGs and the energy transition.

Participants in the symposium will discuss options for initiatives to support developing countries in data collection and compilation, and explore new partnership opportunities for the collection of global project-level investment data.

Session themes:

  • What are the leading problems faced by developing countries, especially LDCs, in compiling statistics on FDI data and on the activities of MNEs?
  • How can existing investment data be made more relevant to the SDGs and climate change mitigation and adaptation?
  • In what ways can complementary datasets such as greenfield projects and international project finance deals increase the relevance of FDI statistics for the monitoring of productive capacity development?
  • How can statistical agencies collaborate with investment agencies (such as investment promotion agencies and investment authorities) to generate better project-level data?


Director General, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)
Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs and Investment Studies, Saudi Arabia
Head of International Investment Statistics Unit, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Senior Economic Researcher, FDI Department, General Authority For Investments (GAFI), Arab Republic of Egypt
Principal Economist, Investment Monitor and Head of FDI Services, GlobalData
Senior Economist, Deutsche Bundesbank
Economist, Economic Research and Development Impact Department, Asian Development Bank
Senior Research Scholar and Director of DHL Initiative on Globalization, New York University Stern School of Business
Chairman, Board of Trustees, MENA Centre for Investment, Bahrain
International Department Director, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
Head of Balance of Payments Analysis and Dissemination Division, Central Statistics Office Ireland
Director of the Department of Economic Statistics, Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf (GCC-STAT)
President, General Authority for Statistics, Saudi Arabia
Team Leader for Foreign Affiliate Statistics and Foreign Direct Investment Statistics, European Commission, Eurostat
Head of fDi Markets, fDi Intelligence


Chief of Investment Trends and Data Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD