TALKING BUSINESS: Middle East and North Africa (in cooperation with the Arab Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

TALKING BUSINESS: Middle East and North Africa (in cooperation with the Arab Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Time: 09:00-10:30

Middle East and North Africa

An interactive session in which representatives of private sector entities investing and/or operating a business in the Middle East and North Africa share their experiences and highlight the opportunities and challenges they encounter, in particular in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery period. They will also present how their activities can contribute to the SDGs. The will session provide a chance for business to explore new investment horizons and interact with country representatives through Q&As.

Issues to be addressed:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges in investing in and operating a business in the region?
  • What investment policy reforms should be considered priorities by your host governments?
  • Which recent investment policy reforms have enabled you to improve your business perspectives?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected these priorities?
  • What contribution can your business make to the SDGs in the countries you are operating in?
  • What measures will allow your business to grow and increase its contribution to the SDGs?

Opening:

  • Mr. Massimo Meloni, Senior Expert, Investment Policies, Investment Policies Branch, DIAE, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Chantal Dupasquier, Chief, Investment Policy Review Section, Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Panellists: 

  • Mr. Ammar Kessab, Principal Regional Governance Coordinator, African Development Bank
  • Mr. Ahmed Abdel-Hakam, Counsel, International Arbitration and Public International Law, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
  • Mr. Bahaa El Attar, Secretary-General, Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CASCI)

Moderator: 

  • Ms. Maha El Masri, Investment Policy Expert, Investment Policy Review Section, Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Event Manager: Ms. Chantal Dupasquier
Contact email: Chantal.Dupasquier@unctad.org