High-Level Investment Promotion Conference: Session I and Session II

Fostering interaction between investment stakeholders
Event
Session Type
Parallel Events
Session Themes
High-level event
Investment Promotion
Room number
Auditorium 2, Level 0
22 April 2012
09:00 - 10:30 Europe/Zurich
Europe/Zurich

In two sessions, senior government policy-makers, heads of investment promotion agencies (IPAs), corporate executives, and international investment location experts will discuss key issues related to FDI trends, as well as the new investment promotion policies and strategies needed to capture new types of investment for sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Session I: Inside the corporate mind: a global picture

In contrast to global industrial output and trade, global FDI still lags behind its pre-crisis level. Risks and uncertainties still remain, including a spreading sovereign debt crisis, regional instability, and currency volatility. Meanwhile, many transnational corporations have emerged from the crisis with robust balance sheets and are in a position to expand globally. In this session, CEOs, senior policy makers, heads of investment promotion agencies, international investment location experts and other stakeholders will debate the prospects for global FDI flows, new investment initiatives and the strategies required to benefit from them.

Questions to be addressed include

  • How has the global economic crisis changed TNC’s investment strategies?
  • What are the global investment prospects?
  • With the shifting regional balance in global markets and growth, what strategies should Investment Promotion Agencies adopt to attract investors?
  • How can FDI be channeled into building productive capacity, such as infrastructure and public services?

Session II: Creating competitive locations for green FDI

In their transition to a low-carbon economy, countries are creating green investment opportunities, but also capturing a fast growing new market and generating employment. Governments have been adopting strategies and policies to attract green FDI, often through the creation of green special economic zones (SEZs). These green SEZs are designed, developed and operated in a sustainable way and sometimes target specific activities in the value chain, like research and development (Cleantech Parks).This session will discuss the effectiveness of special zones in creating competitive locations for green FDI, as well as promotional strategies and the role of IPAs in attracting investment to these zones.

Questions to be addressed include

  • If green industry is the objective, are the current green zones the right model for attracting investment?
  • What is the potential of green SEZs or CleanTech parks for developing new clusters, creating jobs and attracting talent?
  • How can IPAs be involved in attracting green FDI to SEZs and other locations?

Speakers

Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Vice President, Vale, Brazil
Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA, United States
OBE, Professor at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
President, DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC., Germany
CEO, Doha Bank Group, Qatar
Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
Executive Vice President, China Mobile, China
President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)
CEO, Swaziland Investment Promotion Agency, Swaziland
Deputy Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil, and President of WAIPA
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Haiti
CEO, Green Gulf Inc., Qatar
Director General, Invest HK, Hong Kong, China
Senior Vice President, AECOM International Government Services, United States
President & CEO, Korea Industrial Complex Corporation (KICOX), Republic of Korea
Special Economic Zones, Global Product Specialist, World Bank
Director General, Invest Sweden, Sweden

Moderators