Investment for Development Research Square

A meeting place for policy-oriented academic research
in partnership with AIB, Graduate Institute-CFD, CEPR, NYU, UNU-WIDER
Session Type
Investment Village
Session Themes
Academic Track
Room number
Investment Village
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Background Documents
16 October 2023
10:00 - 18:00 Abu Dhabi

The Investment for Development Research Square, organized by UNCTAD in collaboration with UNU-WIDER, New York University - Abu Dhabi, Middlesex University -Dubai, Geneva Graduate Institute, and the Academy of International Business, is located in the Investment Village of the World Investment Forum 2023. It provides a platform for discussions and exchange of ideas between policymakers, academia, business representatives and professionals from diverse backgrounds. The platform offers a unique opportunity to understand current policy, industry and academic thinking in relation to the role of international investment and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The Square also features exhibition booths, which will display recent publications and prize-award academic papers, research outlets, and videos on investment-related topics from Investment Promotion Agencies, leading companies, and experts from the UN and other international organizations.

A key feature of the Research-Policy Square is the daily - high-profile - fireside chats between senior policymakers, practitioners, eminent scholars, and other stakeholders on issues relating to international investment and development. The fireside chats include investment-trade policy nexus, international supply chain restructuring, Industry 4.0, the energy transition, investment facilitation, and FDI and gender issues. The audience will have the opportunity to raise questions and interact directly with the eminent speakers. To enrich the multidisciplinary research agenda, a special session will be held to facilitate research dialogue between scholars and academic journal editors. 


10:00 - 10:30 Opening and Welcome Visit by Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, UNCTAD 

13:00 - 13:45 Fireside Chat on Investment in SMEs 

13:45 - 14:00 Video

17:00 - 17:15 Video

17:15 - 18:00 Fireside Chat on How Can Developing Economies Best Attract Climate Action Foreign Direct Investment?


Board Member, World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME)
Economic Affairs Officer, Business Facilitation Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission to the UN of Namibia
Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment