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Investment Awards

Concept Note


I. Background

In a special ceremony to be held at the Gala Dinner, AIM Investment Awards will be granted to select Investment Promotion Agencies (IPA) from each region of the world in recognition of their outstanding work in successfully attracting sizeable and beneficial foreign direct investment projects in 2018 and thus contributing to the economic growth and development of their markets. The Annual Investment Meeting will be awarding IPAs from 9 regions globally.

The sixth of AIM Investment Awards in 2018 took center stage at the Gala Dinner where the best FDI projects were recognized from each region of the world. This is a testimony to the outstanding work accomplished by the winning countries and their respective Investment Promotion Agencies in attracting sizeable and beneficial foreign direct investment and thus contributing to the economic growth and development of their markets.

The set of criteria of the awards were based on the following:


The following describes the approach and methodology.

II. Methodology

The research for identifying the nominees and their projects will be based on (1) compilation of all investment projects as suggested by IPAs though the submission of project details and (2) an approach of pre-selected IPAs in order to check their ability to attend the AIM.

A. Compilation of investment projects:

First step is gathering information on the most interesting worldwide investment projects contracted/commissioned during 2017 in order to identify the most relevant IPAs to be considered as nominees. An invitation letter to the general management of all relevant IPAs will be made to 1) Introduce the AIM nomination process and 2) request information on their best contracted/commissioned investment projects in the year 2017. There will be extensive use of AIM network of regional partners worldwide in order to get their local assessment and recommendations for exemplary projects to be considered for the awards. An intensive follow-up will be required to make sure that timely feedback is received.

A first screening of the investment projects will be made based on the information received and a Pre-Selection of the most relevant IPAs. A database will be completed and prepared to serve as a basis for approaching the relevant IPAs "Hot Candidates" in growing markets and follow-up with them.

B. Selection Criteria

To evaluate the short-listed projects a panel of up to 9 international experts should be formed, possibly with 1 expert for each of the 9 growing regions of the world. Experts will be asked to evaluate each of the short-listed projects using the below criteria and the evaluation based on the weighing percentage per criteria, recommend the overall best investment project.

Criteria Scoring Percentage
Investment Size (scroring weightage 10%)
Trade Balance Effects (scroring weightage 10%)
Knowledge Transfer (scoring weightage 20%)
Investor Servicing Process (scoring weightage 20%)
Sustainability and Local Linkages (scoring weightage 20%)
Impact On Country Competitiveness & FDI Attraction (scoring weightage 20%)
C. Selection Committee

D. Applying Steps:

E. Project Reports

The responses received from IPAs will be analyzed according to the evaluation criteria. The final project profiles will be submitted to the Award Selection Committee for their judgement. The profiles should also include indications on the potential attendance at AIM 2018.

3 winners from each region or continent will be selected:

  1. 1. Winner
  2. 2. Runner-Up
  3. 3. Backup in case the winner or runner up cannot attend.

III. Timing

In a ceremony during the Gala Dinner on 9th April 2018, AIM will provide investment awards to the best FDI projects in 2017 to recognize the accomplishment of the country in attracting a sizeable and beneficial foreign direct investment project.

IV. Benefits to the winning IPAs:

The winning IPAs can have the following benefits: