Unlocking Investments in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Region

in partnership with UNIDO and AIM
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Hall 6 Room 15
19 October 2023
16:45 - 18:00 Abu Dhabi

The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region has many investment opportunities related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek capital from investors. However, on the global stage, the region is lagging behind, accounting for a mere 5% of total FDI. Too often, promising investment opportunities go unnoticed, revealing a critical disconnect between bankable opportunities and potential investors.

As part of the “ACP Business Friendly Programme: Supporting value chains through inclusive policies, investment promotion and alliances”, financed by the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), UNIDO has developed a solution targeted at investors to fill this gap: The Invest in ACP platform. The platform acts as a one-stop shop supporting investors in directing new investment flows into ACP economies. It offers information on over 900 investment opportunities in a variety of value chains, provides site-level information on industrial parks, and lists contact details of investment promotion institutions ready to facilitate these investments. Presenting the new official partner of Invest in ACP, AIM Congress, this event showcases the Invest in ACP platform as a way to establish new and reinforce existing investment, trade and technology transfer channels between the Gulf and the ACP region.

Session themes:

  • What new coalitions can be established for inter-regional sustainable investment flows?
  • How can private sector actors in the Gulf region benefit from the Invest in ACP platform for a more informed investment decision-making process?
  • How can the instrument add value for ACP Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) by helping to promote, attract, and facilitate investments from the Gulf region?


Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
President, AIM Global Foundation
Managing Director Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, World Association of Investment Promotion (WAIPA)
President, Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)
Head, Investment and Technology Promotion Office, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Board of Mauritius
National President, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA)
Assistant-Secretary-General, Structural Economic Transformation and Trade at the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States