72 ministers, senior officials, leaders, and provincial governors to attend Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai

The eighth edition of the AIM is all set to be held in Dubai from April 9 to 11, 2018 dedicated to the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through FDI: Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development”


H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of the UAE Ministry of Economy – will lead a large panel of government leaders and private investor group that includes more than 72senior government officials, leaders, ministers and provincial governors at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) – the largest investment conference and exhibition in the Middle East, and will be the lead speaker for the conference – “Global Leaders Debate: Driving Sustainable Development through FDI”.

The three-day congregation of high-profile officials that include 25 federal ministers, 19 mayors, eight organisation heads, one head of parliament and investors will see the signing of a number of agreements and announcements that will help countries boost the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, said, “The UAE is committed to support all efforts and initiatives aimed at promoting regional and international dialogues on the development of investment and trade promotion linking all countries and economies with each other and providing a global platform to discuss the most important opportunities and challenges and ways to overcome them.

“The Annual Investment Meeting is a collaborative platform for linking advanced and emerging markets and exploring potential partnership opportunities.”

The prestigious line-up of Ministers also include H.E. Kim Hyun Chong, Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy of South Korea, HE Dr. Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, India, H.E. Mccullen Ntsikelelo Jack, Provincial Minister (MEC) for Finance – Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape Provincial Government, Republic of South Africa, H.E. Hassan Come, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Central African Republic, H.E. Dr. Sahar Seif Al Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Egypt, and H.E. Dimitry Kumsisshvilii, First Vice Prime Minister of Economy & sustainable Development, Georgia, are among other chief guests and speakers for the AIM 2018.

Governors and Mayors from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ukraine, Mayor of the Municipality of Timisoara, Romania, Governor of Kano State, The Federal Republic of Nigeria, Governor of the Perm region of Russian Federation, Mayor of Municipality of Adjovscina, Republic of Slovenia, Metropolitan Chief Executive of Republic of Ghana, Governor of Kilifi County Government, the Republic of Kenya and many other governors and mayors from Ecuador and other countries are going to attend AIM 2018.

This will make the AIM the largest such gathering of government leaders and private sector business leaders and investors, organised by Ministry of Economy. Last year, more than 19,000 visitors including VIPs, dignitaries and government delegations participated at the three-day conference. This year More than 20,000 investors and business visitors are expected to participated at the eventful three-day-long activities that will address issues related to global follow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Al Mansoori said, “The Annual Investment Meeting will offer intensive sessions and discussions to explore how partnerships between developed markets and emerging markets can be employed, promote responsible foreign direct investment, find solutions to the challenges facing the global economy today, and ensure the right of future generations to live in a world which is socially prosperous and economically responsible.

“The Annual Investment Meeting seeks to explore promising investment opportunities in vital sectors, including energy, mining, manufacturing, infrastructure, logistics, agriculture, tourism and ICT.”

More than 143 countries participate in the eighth session of the Forum and about 20 thousand investors and visitors from around the world.

A number of global ministers, inspiring business and thought leaders will lead interesting discussions on investment trends, public-private partnerships, sustainability, investmentpromotion, cryptocurrencies, and sovereign wealth fund at the forthcoming Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 9 to 11, 2018.

The opening ceremony of AIM 2018 will begin with the speech by H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of UAE Ministry of Economy, which will emphasis on Foreign DirectInvestment (FDI) and how it helps to accelerate economic growth.

H.E. Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning (Bappenas), Republic of Indonesia and H.E. Cheremin Sergey, Minister of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations, Moscow City Government, Russia, will be the chief speakers at the conference focusing on “Public-Private Partnerships for Public Infrastructure Development” taking place on the second day of AIM. H.E. Cheremin Sergey is also the speaker in Russia Country Presentation.

The Three-day conference will be covering several key topics with series of interactive presentations, debates, interviews and discussions on regional investments which will be facilitated by a faculty of global experts. The important topic and highlight issues of conference comprise of sustainable development through FDI, new trends in economic opportunity & digital innovations, understanding the potential of blockchain, Bitcoin, how to compete for investment in Industry 4.0, sovereign wealth funds and sustainableinvestment.

Dawood Al Shezawi, President of AIM, said, “This year’s Annual Investment Meeting is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Heads of States, Ministers, Heads of InvestmentOrganisations, Investors, Government officials and businessmen that we have seen in recent times and comes at a time when most countries are trying to attract increased FDI while the global FDI flow witnesses decline amidst de-globalisation and protectionist moves.

“The widening gap amongst the world’s biggest economies and increasing tariff barriers make this year’s Annual Investment Meeting more relevant and significant and public and private sector leaders will try to come up with ideas on how to increase the flow of investment in the coming years.

“In this change of direction, the UAE, however, remains an oasis of collaboration and cooperation and the global investor community will see a number of cooperation agreements being signed at the three-day event that will have far-reaching impact in boosting investment cooperation among countries.”

AIM, the largest annual gathering of government ministers, trade bodies, chambers of commerce and industries, investment authorities as well as private investor groups, will see a range of activities to be presented including conferences, exhibitions, capacity-building workshops, country presentations, Investors’ Hub, Gala Dinner, Investment Awards, various G2G, G2B and B2B networking features, AIM Start-up innovation showcases and final pitch competitions.

Since its inception in 2011, AIM has brought together tens of thousands of exhibitors and visitors to network, promote projects and attract investment in the various participating countries. The exhibition gives opportunities for governments and private organisations to launch and promote their projects to a vastly diverse audience. In 2017, AIM attracted more than 19,000 visitors and participation of 535 exhibitors from 141 participating countries.