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Date: 16 Nov, 2021
Source: World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies Newsflash, November 2021

WAIPA organized its jubilee 25th WAIPA World Investment Conference as a hybrid event. After a long break, many of the FDI leaders and experts travelled and met familiar faces in person for the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The WIC21 which was held under the theme “Regeneration of IPAs in a new decade” took place in person in Dubai, alongside the Dubai Expo 2020 on 20 October 2021 and virtually on 21 October, alongside the UNCTAD World Investment Forum and brought together IPAs from all over the world, government officials, development sector leaders, decision-makers from the private sector and academia relevant to FDI policy and strategy in two days of discussions on the crucial importance of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) during and after the pandemic that impacted lives and economies globally.

The conference featured a notable line-up of panelists who in several panels reviewed the past two and a half decades of investment promotion, debated the rise of digitalization and the importance of data-driven investment promotion, and examined how investors and locations alike benefit from IPAs and how IPAs are able to highlight their role further as a critical element in the promotion and facilitation of investments.