INVESTMENT PROMOTION CONFERENCE (in partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, WAIPA)

18 Oct 2021
08:30-11:00

INVESTMENT PROMOTION CONFERENCE (in partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, WAIPA)

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2). Abu Dhabi, UAE time is 2:00 hours ahead of Geneva, Switzerland.

Session 1: Promoting investment in the health sector

The Coronavirus has caused a global health crisis with over 165 million confirmed cases worldwide, almost 3.5 million deaths (WHO, May 2021), health systems collapsing and, in many countries, regular lockdowns, travel bans and curfews. The economic consequences have also been devastating with a global growth contraction of -3.5% in 2020 (IMF, January 2021), particularly affecting low-income countries that were unable to put in place economic support measures.

The pandemic has revealed large deficiencies in healthcare systems in developed and developing countries. As a response, national governments are seeking finance for investment to address the current problems in the health sector, but also potential and projected challenges, such as a prolonged pandemic, virus variants, and aging populations. Foreign direct investment (FDI) can play a critical role in bringing funding, but also the needed technology and expertise.

This session will examine the role of investment promotion agencies (IPAs), special economic zones (SEZs) and other successful instruments to promote investment in the health sector. Key points from this session will be summarized in a brief note for dissemination to investment promotion stakeholders, including IPAs, SEZ authorities, and investment policymakers.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What role could IPAs play in attracting investment in the health sector? Which sub-sectors are key for countries to be better prepared for future healthcare challenges?
  • How effective are SEZs that target healthcare services or medical cities in attracting investments that strengthen national healthcare systems?

 

Session 2: Attracting and retaining investment in tourism

The COVID-19 crisis has impeded economic activity across the world and tourism has been one of the most affected industries. For countries that are heavily dependent on tourism, like Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific, the loss of revenues and jobs has been particularly devastating. Other countries that are developing this sector, like in the Middle East, are also affected, and need to develop new business models not only to retain investments in times of lockdowns and travel restrictions, but also to adapt post-pandemic to sub-sectors in tourism that have been transformed, for instance the conventions and events industry.

This session will examine the role of governments and IPAs in helping to retain and attract new investments in tourism, and ways to mitigate risks related to pandemics or similar crises. Key points from this session will be summarized in a brief note for dissemination to investment promotion stakeholders, including IPAs and investment policymakers.

Issues to be addressed:

  • When confronted with a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, what can governments and IPAs do to retain investment in the tourism industry?
  • How do you attract new investment in tourism and mitigate the risks related to pandemics or similar crises?

Event Manager: Mr. Paul Wessendorp

Contact email: Paul.Wessendorp@unctad.org