Global Investment Promotion Conference - Session 1

Summit session on strategic reorientation in investment promotion during and beyond the pandemic
Session Type
7 December 2020
14:00 - 16:00 Europe/Zurich

The Global Investment Promotion Conference aimed to discuss the shape of the investment promotion and facilitation landscape beyond the pandemic with global leaders in a satellite event of UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum. For this event, UNCTAD in partnership with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), brought together state leaders, ministers, high-level executives from leading global companies, international finance institutions and private sector organizations.

Summit Session on Strategic Reorientation in Investment Promotion During and Beyond the Pandemic (click to see the video recording)

The COVID-19 crisis has drastically changed the global investment landscape. Although it is still unfolding, there is a lot to learn from how governments and institutions, like investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and special economic zones (SEZs), so far have adapted, re-strategized and reformed their investment promotion strategies. This high-level session with State leaders, ministers and CEOs of global companies will bring together the experience and perspectives from the public and private sector to debate investment prospects and new ways to attract investment beyond the pandemic.

Questions for discussion

  • What are the new key drivers of FDI? What does the international business community expect from governments during and beyond the pandemic?
  • How can the private sector and investment promotion and facilitation institutions work better together to revive economies, stimulate investment, and channel finance towards sustainable development?


Secretary-General of UNCTAD
President of WAIPA and CEO of Dubai FDI
Prime Minister of Barbados
President of the Republic of Botswana
Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
President, US Council of International Business
Head of Global Policy, International Chamber of Commerce
Vice-President, COBEGA
Vice-President, International Finance Corporation


Financial Journalist, CNBC Africa