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 health care 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 health care and has conducted an IPA survey on the promotion of investment in the health sector. Based on UNCTAD research and the survey, this year’s edition of the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards recognizes the work of IPAs in attracting investment in health-care projects, with consideration of innovative and targeted approaches to investment promotion, outreach and engagement.
During the award ceremony, three awards will be announced for: “Excellence in promoting investment in health care”
In addition, two special awards will be announced for: “Promoting investment in the blue economy”