GLOBAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION CONFERENCE (in partnership with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA))

GLOBAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION CONFERENCE (in partnership with the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA))

Registration is for the all session of the 7th WIF 2021. This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

Session 1: Promoting investment in the health sector (in partnership with WHO)

The Coronavirus has caused a global health crisis with over 225 million confirmed cases worldwide, and more than 4.6 million deaths (WHO, September 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 (in partnership with UNWTO)

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?

United Nations Investment Promotion Awards 2021: Promoting investment in healthcare

The COVID-19 crisis has caused major changes in the work of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) worldwide, not only in their modus operandi but also in their strategic focus. Already early in the crisis some agencies took swift action to support government efforts to boost the national production of personal protective equipment. When the pandemic prolonged, more IPAs started to include healthcare as a target sector, building new knowledge and expertise and helping the government in improving investment conditions in the sector.

In 2021, UNCTAD has been monitoring the online promotion by IPAs of investment opportunities in healthcare and conducted an IPA survey on the promotion of investment in the health sector. Based on UNCTAD’s research and the survey, this year’s edition of the UN Investment Promotion Awards recognizes the work of IPAs in attracting investment in healthcare projects, with consideration of innovative and targeted approaches to investment promotion, outreach and engagement.

Speakers:

     Session 1: Promoting investment in the health sector (in partnership with WHO

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director General Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, WHO [TBC]
  • Mr. Ali Parsa, CEO, Babylon Health
  • Mr. Shivon Byamukama, Director, Babylon Health Rwanda
  • Mr. Davis Musinguzi, Managing Director, Rocket Health
  • Mr. Bostjan Skalar, CEO, WAIPA

     Moderator: 

  • Ms. Fifi Peters, Financial Journalist, CNBC Africa

     Session 2: Attracting and retaining investment in tourism (in partnership with UNWTO)

  • H. E. Ms. Evelyn Wever-Croes, Prime Minister of Aruba
  • Mr. Sebastien Tondeur, CEO, MCI (Events MNE)
  • Mr. Glenn Fogel, President and CEO, Booking.com [TBC]
  • Mr. Keith Barr, CEO, Intercontinental Hotels Group [TBC]
  • Ms. Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications, Radisson Hotel Group
  • Ms. Natalia Bayona, Director of Innovation, Education and Investments, UNWTO
  • Ms. Biviana Riveiro, Director, ProDominicana [TBC]

     Moderator: 

  • Ms. Fifi Peters, Financial Journalist, CNBC Africa

Event Manager: Mr. Paul Wessendorp

Contact email: Paul.Wessendorp@unctad.org