The Winning Formula

How Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) can achieve better results
organized by WAIPA
Session Type
Session Themes
Investment Promotion
Room number
Hall 6 Room 15
Contact Email
18 October 2023
17:00 - 18:00 Abu Dhabi

Achieving exceptional results in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and driving economic growth demands a harmonious partnership between Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) and investors. IPAs must proactively engage with investors, understanding their unique needs and aspirations. By aligning investment opportunities with investors' preferences, IPAs can create a tailored and attractive environment that fosters greater interest. Moreover, by serving as a bridge between investors and local businesses, IPAs enable seamless connections and collaborations, encouraging technology transfer, innovation, and market expansion. This synergy enhances the value proposition of the region, enticing investors to commit and reinvest. Moreover, the feedback loop that emerges from this collaboration enables IPAs to refine their strategies, ensuring continual improvement and adaptability to changing market dynamics. Embracing the synergies between investors and IPAs is the key to unlocking substantial FDI inflows, propelling economic development, and achieving sustainable growth. WAIPA will also brief the participants on the 27th World Investment Conference (WIC) being organized in New Delhi, India during 11th-14th December 2023.

Session themes:

  • How can IPAs enhance collaboration with investors?
  • What are the best ways to connect international investors with local businesses?
  • How can IPAs initiate a positive feedback loop and continuous improvement of their interaction with investors?


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Republic of Namibia
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS
Deputy Executive Director, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
Chief of the Investment Promotion Section, UNCTAD
Manager of Strategy, Investment Promotion Agency Qatar
Director, Edelweiss Alternatives


Founder, Fingar Direct Investment and Senior Advisor, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)