Conference Programme

7 April 2019

AIM Capacity Building Day

The Event officially starts on the 8th of April, Capacity Building Workshops on the 7th of April require a separate registration.

10:00 - 13:00

Workshop I: WAIPA

Trends in investment promotion and their impact

Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai D
Language: English 

The work of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) is changing rapidly. With an ever-growing number of mandates covered by IPAs and new technologies emerging while on the other hand foreign direct investments (FDI) consecutively slowing down over the last years, IPAs need to adapt accordingly to remain competitive and to optimize their performance.
In this workshop organized by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), investment promotion professionals will showcase which opportunities IPAs have to reach their full potential and how current trends might further influence and enhance their crucial role in attracting investments.
Sarah Russis Kraïem
Head of Global Sales
fDi Intelligence a Financial Times company

Bostjan Skalar,
Chief Executive Officer

Jorge Sequeira

Managing Director
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)

George Campanellas
Director General
Invest Cyprus 

10:00 - 13:00


Workshop II: GDP Global

How to Create Smart Cities

Venue: Meeting Room - Dubai E
Language: English 

Global citizens are now beginning to experience the full impact of the digital and information economy – the 4th Industrial Revolution. New technologies are progressing faster than most of us can imagine; so much so that it is difficult to anticipate how the future will look – the downsides and job/economic losses compared with economic upsides that could benefit us all.
So, what should cities be doing to ensure they can compete for talent, stay relevant globally and find their competitiveness niche positions?
This workshop will cover the following points:

1. Enabling policies and programmes to create competitive and smart city regions.

2. Examples of best practice in placing city regions on the international world map for global trade and investment.

3. The seven economic programmes that all city regions need to deliver; from infrastructure to innovation.

4. Smart city investment - what it is and how to implement it.

10:00 - 10:15: 

Welcome to Workshop

10:15 - 11:00:

The Role of Global Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Business, Society and Culture to 2025 and Beyond.

Mani James

Global Vice President
Frost & Sullivan


11:00 - 11:30: Global Trends in Urban Society Cases in Smart City Economic Promotion

John Hanna
GDP Global

11:30 - 11:45:

Coffee / Tea Break and Networking

12:30 -13:00

Workshop: Engagement on Key Issues and Opportunities in Smart City Region Economic Promotion

14:00 - 17:00

Workshop III: WAVTEQ  

How to attract FDI from the Gulf: Investment Opportunities and Best Practices

Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai D
Language: English 

This workshop will examine in-depth what are the FDI opportunities to attract investment from Gulf based companies and what are the best practices in how to identify and engage with Gulf investors. The objective of the workshop is to help IPAs attending AIM attract FDI from the Gulf. 

The workshop will be led by a team of experts from WAVTEQ and our local partner, Euro Arab Associates, with nearly 20 years of experience attracting Gulf FDI.

The key modules to be covered include:

1. FDI trends and opportunities for Gulf investment overseas

2. Best practices in how to identify and engage with Gulf companies

3. Success case studies from other IPAs

4. Business culture and how to nurture and build relations with investment decision makers and close deals

Henry Loewendahl
Founder & CEO
Wavteq, UK

Chris Knight
Chief Commercial Officer

Daniel Callaghan,
Senior Vice President, EMEA

Ralf Degenhardt
Chief Executive Officer
Euro Arab Consultants

Nisan Abdulkader
Emerging Market Specialist

14:00 - 17:00

Workshop IV: Conway Inc.

The Future of Investment Promotion in an Era of Disruption
Venue:  Meeting Room – Dubai E
Language: English

The accelerating rate of global change presents a profound challenge to our ability to plan, manage and attract trade and investment. To maintain a competitive advantage, investment and trade promotion organizations must look further into the future and survey a wider spectrum of potential global and regional disruptions if they want to improve their organization’s performance. Driven particularly by industry 4.0 themes such as digitization, the future of work, connectivity, political instability (including shifting human geography)  and protectionism, and new modes of collaboration, this session will uncover many of the challenges that lie ahead and recognize innovative efforts to achieve high levels of collective success. 

Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President - Advisory
Conway, Inc. 

Guillermo Mazier
Vice President Global Innovation
Conway, Inc.



Day One - 8 April 2019

Annual Investment Meeting - Day One

08:00 – 10:00

Registration & Badges Collection

09:00 – 10:00

Delegates Proceed to the Opening Ceremony Room
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Language: English/French/Arabic/Chinese/Russian

10:00 – 10:05

Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks by the Master of Ceremony

10:05 – 11:00

Plenary Session One: Global Leaders Debate: Shaping the Digital Future of Foreign Direct Investment

Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23 percent in 2017. Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries, where international investment is crucial for sustainable industrial development as per the latest World Investment Report issued by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Given the current downward trend in foreign direct investment, the Global Leader’s Debate will discuss the impact of digitalization, robotization, and technology playing a vital role in changing the current investment landscape.

The session will discover the necessary measures countries need to adapt to develop a truly globalized economy. It will also touch upon the challenges, economies face with the rapidly changing environment and developing the right policies to cope with such change.

The high-level panel will convene heads of state, academia, heads of international institutions, leaders in the field of technology and investors from developed, developing and mature economies.

Session Chair
Cornelia Meyer
Chairman and CEO
MRL Corporation, United Kingdom
Chairman and CEO
LBV Asset Management, United Kingdom

Global Leaders Debate PART 1:

Keynote Debaters: 
Rustam Minnikhanov
Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Republic 

H.E. Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary General
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland

Ayman Amin Sejiny

Chief Executive Officer
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), Saudi Arabia

Adewale Tinubu
Group Chief Executive
Oando PLC, Nigeria

11:00 - 11:05 Keynote Address by

Khuchiev Muslim Magomedovich
The Government of the Chenchen Republic
11:05 - 12:00

Global Leaders Debate PART 2:

Vera Songwe
Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia

Steve Bertamini
Chief Executive Officer
Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation, Saudi Arabia 

Dr. James Mworia
Group Chief Executive Director
Centum Investments, Kenya

Dr. Adnan Chilwan
Group CEO
Dubai Islamic Bank, United Arab Emirates

12:00 – 12:30

Grand Opening Speeches

H.E. Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Behlahif Al Nuami
Cabinet Member and Minister of Infrastructure Development

Honorable Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria

Honorable Evo Morales
President of Plurinational State of Bolivia

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break (High-level Networking & Delegate Lunch)


All Delegates make their way to Al Multaqua Ballroom

14:00 – 15:00

Plenary Session Two: Blockchain, Technology, Big Data & AI: Foreseeing the Impact of Digital Economies

Digitalization is seen as the biggest transformation since mass production. It is transforming industries across the globe and having a profound effect on global trade and investment. This is forcing policymakers to rethink their approach to keep pace with the rapid shift in technology.
The session will convene technology leaders, policymakers and foreign investment specialists to discuss the main opportunities and challenges for creating an inclusive digital economy. The discussion will also highlight the role of foreign direct investment in driving the spread of digitalization as well as the changing nature of FDI itself and the impact this has on locations seeking to attract investment.

Session Chair:
Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center, Germany


Sreeram Visvanathan
Global Managing Director, Government

Fernando Augusto Loureiro
Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Intel, Latin America and Canada

Simon Lacey
Vice-president Global Government Affairs – Trade Facilitation and Market Access
Huawei Technologies, China

Henrik Von Scheel
Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness

Jose Neif Jury

International Business Development
London Block Exchange (LBX), United Kingdom

15:00 - 15:10 Keynote Address:

Honorable Evo Morales
President of Plurinational State of Bolivia

15:10 – 16:10

Plenary Session Three: Countering the Global Rise of Protectionism Policies for Sustainable Growth

The benefits from International trade far outweigh any feasible economic forecast that can be achieved through protectionism. However, large economies which were at the forefront of free trade are moving towards more protectionist policies. These moves are altering the global trade landscape, making it ever so difficult for industries, human capital, and technology to reap the benefits of globalization.

This session will focus on the impact of protectionism on trade and foreign direct investment, discussing the cause and effect of the adoption of such policies; formulating the best means to counter these policies, highlighting the government’s role in developing the domestic market without hampering international trade.

Session Chair:
Kai Hammerich
KA Foreign Investment Corporation, Sweden

Yonov Frederick Agah
Deputy Director-General
World Trade Organization, Switzerland

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento

Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Austria 

Amal Mohamed El Malla
Chief of the Office for Arab States
International Trade Centre, Switzerland
Fatima Al Arabi
Founder and CEO
ALAF Capital SA,Switzerland

Dr. Antonio de Lecea
Associate Professor of Economics, Basque Country University (UPV), Spain
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Global Business and Economics Program, USA

Andrea Goldstein

Senior Economist
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

16:10 - 16:20

Keynote Address: Supporting UAE's Sustainable Economic Diversification Growth Strategy:

Massimo Falcioni
Chief Executive Officer
Etihad Credit Insurance, United Arab Emirates

16:20 – 17:20

Plenary Session Four: Investment Promotion Agency Roundtable: Attracting Investments in the 4.0 World

Widespread changes in technology are disrupting nearly all sectors of the global market. Leading to the creation of new jobs, new industries and new opportunities, which would require the government to rework their current policies. This session will discover how the technological revolution affects the investment climate in the host countries for FDI projects? What IPAs need to do to adapt to the changing dynamics of cross-border business and the emerging industry 4.0? Are incentives the key to FDI attraction and job creation in the growing digital world? How big data can help IPAs identify the right promotion strategy for the right investors for its market.

Session Chair:

Chris Knight
Global Commercial Director
fDi Intelligence, UK


R.Yofi Grant
Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana

Allan Selirand
Estonian Investment Agency, Estonia

Bostjan Skalar,

Chief Executive Officer
WAIPA, Turkey

Daniel Bilak
Director, UkraineInvest
Chief Adviser on Investments to the Prime Minister of Ukraine

Charles Ng
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion
InvestHK, Hong Kong

Jorge Sequeira
Managing Director
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE) ​

George Campanellas
Director General
Invest Cyprus 


End of Conference Programme Day 1

9 April 2019

Day Two

All Delegates make their way to AIM Plenary Sessions

10:00 – 10:05

Opening Remarks by the Moderator

10:05 – 10:20

Day 2 Opening Keynote Address

Investing in your next venture is not just about finding an organization with a good product or a solution. Success focused organizations have a special mix of capabilities and a combination of key qualities that make them outliers and potentially sets them apart from the rest. In this opening keynote session, Futurist Ian Khan talks about his experiences in working with hundreds of companies in a 20 year career and what he found as the Secret Sauce for Success.

Ian Khan
CNN Featured Technology Futurist & Filmmaker, Canada

10:20 - 11:10

Plenary Session Five: Investors Debate: Investing for Change

A growing number of investors are scouting for options which can create a positive impact on the society and the world at large. Investments such as environmental, social and governance (ESG), socially responsible investing (SRI) and impact investing are terms coined for ethical investing. ESG investment has grown by 37 percent in 2017 to more than $445 billion which is a very positive trend. These mainstream investment platforms have proved to be successful by making a social impact and generating encouraging returns. This session will dig deeper into the true value and the future for ethical investments?

Session Chair:
Douglas van den Berghe
Vice President - Advisory
Conway, Inc.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel
Founder and Managing Partner
Bamboo Capital Partners, Switzerland

Shainoor Khoja
Chief Impact Officer
Foundation Holdings, United Arab Emirates

Sandile Zungu

Executive Chairman
Zungu Investments, South Africa

Fahad Bushager

Head of Investment
INOVEST, Bahrain

Tushar Singhvi
Director, Corporate Development & Investments
Crescent Enterprises, United Arab Emirates


11:10 - 12:00

Plenary Session Six: Family Office Roundtable: Investing in the Future

There has been a significant increase in the number of family offices globally over the last ten years and this trend is expected to continue. EY estimates that there are currently 10,000 single-family offices, a ten-fold increase since 2008. Even more impressive is the sheer amount of wealth being managed by these firms.
These high-net-worth families have made their presence felt across different sectors, investing and diversifying their portfolio. In this session, the family offices will discuss the key elements they look for before investing.
Session Chair:
Peter J R Aylwin
Aetos Limited, United Kingdom


Mohammad Al Duaij
Chief Executive Officer
Alea Global Group, Kuwait

Zulfiquar Ghadiyali
Chief Executive Officer
The Royal Office of Sheikh Tahnoon bin Saeed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates

Stergios Voskopoulos
Chief Executive Officer
Kanoo Capital, Bahrian

Dr. Celesto Lo Turco
Former Vice President Strategy and SWF's Expert
Future Group Holding, United Arab Emirates

Alexander Tkachenko
Ziffer &, Luxembourg

12:00 – 13:00

Plenary Session Seven: Small and Medium Enterprise Focus: Strengthening SMEs in a Digitalized World

Technological Innovation is the key driver for SME growth. No matter how small the SME maybe it has access to the world market due to globalization and e-commerce. Companies such as Alibaba & Amazon provide platforms for SMEs to access the world markets. Governments across the world are facilitating greater incentive plans for SMEs as they make up a large share of the county’s economy. There are certain challenges and opportunities of globalization for the industry, and this session will cover all the points related to SMEs growth, international appeal and competitiveness. 

Session Chair:

David East
Head of FDI and Economic Products
Bureau van Dijik, a Moody's Analytics Company, UK


Hon. Tjekero Tweya
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development
Republic of Namibia

Raymond Yip
Deputy Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

Abdullah Mutawi  
Dubai Angel Investors, Untied Arab Emirates

Qamar Saleem 
Global lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance Practice
International Finance Coporation 

Mo Aideed
Chief Operating Officer
Qpal, United Arab Emirates

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break (High level Networking)

14:30 – 14:50

Special Presentation: The Future of Work

Henrik Von Scheel
Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness, Switzerland

14:50 – 15:50

Plenary Session Eight: FDI and Human Capital: The Evolution of Workforce in a Digitally Globalized World

With technological evolution and globalization, many jobs have been lost, and new once have been created. The adoption of automation and AI technologies will transform the workplace as people increasingly interact with ever-smarter machines. These technologies, and that human-machine interaction, will bring numerous benefits in the form of higher productivity, GDP growth, improved corporate performance, and new prosperity, but they will also change the skills required of human workers.

Many foreign countries provide companies with attractive greenfield investment opportunities with offers such as tax incentives or tax break options. This in return invites talented workforce from across the globe plus develop the local workforce.

This session will discuss how companies and governments can work together to attract and retain a talented workforce.

Session Chair:

Dr. Joachim Arnold
Chief Operating Officer
OCO Global, Germany


Mario Cimoli 
Deputy Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile

Sergey Cheremin

Minister of Moscow City Government, Head of Department for External Economics and International Relations

Jawad Jalal Abbassi
Head of MENA
GSMA, United Arab Emirates

Henrik Von Scheel
Originator of Industry 4.0 & Leading authority on Competitiveness, Switzerland

Daniele Schilirò
Associate Professor of Economics
University of Messina, Italy

15:50– 16:50

Plenary Session Nine: Regional Focus: Withstanding Headwinds in the Foreign Direct Investment Market

The World Investment Report stated that the foreign direct investment fell by 23 percent in 2017. Latin America and the Caribbean saw a rise in FDI by 8% to reach $151 billion, lifted by the region’s economic recovery.

Africa saw a 21% decline from 2016 to $42 billion in 2017; weak oil prices and harmful ongoing macroeconomic effects from the commodity bust saw flows contract in major host African economies.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to developing Asia in 2017 remained at the level of 2016 ($476 billion). The region regained its position as the largest recipient of FDI in the world as its share in global inflows rose from 25% in 2016 to 33% in 2017.

Developed Economies such as USA, France, Switzerland, Australia, etc; have seen a fall in FDI by 37.1%.

This session will gather experts from various regions to discuss the general trends and what efforts are being made to improve their current market conditions.

Session Chair:
Henry Loewendahl
Founder & CEO
Wavteq, UK

Hiro Shirakawa, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Vice Chairman, Chief Economist, Japan
Credit Suisse Securities (Japan) Limited

Francois Guilbert
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development Board, Mauritius
Andrea Goldstein
Senior Economist
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

Elena N. Veryovochkina

Regional Director
Rosgosstrakh Bank, Russia

Yewande Sadiku

Executive Secretary / CEO

Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, The Federal Republic of Nigeria

16:50– 17:00

AIM 2019 Outcomes Discussion Session


Closing Ceremony


Day Two - 9 April 2019 – (One Belt and One Road Business Cooperation and Development Forum)

10:00-  15:00 
(Shiekh Rashid D)                

One Belt and One Road” Business Cooperation and Development Forum (Investments * Projects * Networking)

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome speech by the UAE Minister of Economy

His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh

Undersecretary for Foreign Trade
Ministry of Economy

10:05 - 10:10 Keynote Address:

Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi
Secretary General
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland

10:10 – 10:15

Welcome Speech by China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC)

Yi Zhang
Deputy Secretary General
China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC)

10:15 – 10:20

Welcome Speech by Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Raymond Yip
Deputy Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)

10:20 – 10:30

Keynote Speech

Fatima Al Hammadi
Executive Director - Industrial Zones

ZonesCorp, UAE

10:30 - 10:35 Ambassadors Remark
10:35 - 11:10 UAE - An Important Hub in the One Belt and One Road: The Perception and Expectation of Chinese Companies
Session Chair:
Dr. Adam Wu
Chief Operating Officer
China Invests Overseas

Dr. Hong Deng BIAN
President, China Baobei International Group
Secretary General, World Silk Road Forum

Dustin PAN

Senior Vice President
Oceanwide Investment and Securities

John Probandt

Checkmate Investing

JianPing LOU
General Manager


11:10 – 12:00

Projects Highlights & Networking - Infrastructure Development through One Belt, One Road Initiative
 The world faces an infrastructure investment gap. According to widely reported statistics, the estimated global demand for investment in infrastructure each year amounts to US$3.7 trillion, with only around US$2.7 trillion of this being met annually (World Economic Forum, 2013). A McKinsey Global Institute Report found that globally, there is a need to invest an average of US$3.3 trillion annually in economic infrastructure in order to support currently expected rates of growth through to 2030. Emerging economies are projected to account for some 60% of that need.

(11:10 – 11:40):  Project Showcase
(11:10 - 11:16):  First Project: Russia: Moscow Transportation Infrastructure
Moscow transportation infrastructure, which includes Construction and reconstruction of the road network and transport infrastructure facilities, constructing 271 transfer hub development of the Metro system and Creation of a fundamentally new system of municipal and suburban railway transport, all based on public-private partnership mechanisms.

Sergey Cheremin
Minister of Moscow City Government, Head of Department for External Economic and International Relations
(11:16 - 11:22) Second Project: Egypt: Al Alamain City
Al - Alamain is the first model for the new generation of millennial cities. Once a battleground - during World War II- is now being developed to become one of the most attractive hub cities, which is planned to accommodate more than 3 million people at the end of its first stages. The city is being built to serve as a model for a comprehensive urban planning strategy aimed at absorbing a large part of the expected population growth over the coming years in the concept of sustainable comprehensive development.

Dr. Ola Al Kobrosy
Vice Executive Director
Egyptian General Authority for Investment (GAFI)
(11:22 - 11:28) Third Project: Railway Ring Network in West Africa
One of the priority infrastructure projects for West Africa, which serves the connectivity between Burkina Faso, Cote D'ivoire Guinea, Mali, Niger and Sinegal. It is meant to facilitate trade among the concerned countries especially in agro and mining sectors.

Pathe Gueye
Commissioner for Infrastructure
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
(11:28 - 11:34) Forth Project: Republic of Cameroon: Construction of Highway Intersection (Yaounde-Douala) - Bafoussam

The project involves the construction of a motorway section between (Yaounde-Douala) and Bafoussam.
Special features:
- Construction of a bridge on the Dibamba
- construction of approximately eight upper or lower structures, one with the 62 D and two crossings.
(11:34 - 11:40)  Fifth Project: 
(11:40 - 11:50)  Q&A
(11:50 - 12:00) Networking & B2B Meetings
12:00 - 12:10 VITO’s Approach for Integrating Technology and Sustainability
Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman, PhD
CEO VITO Arabia Science and Technology LLC
12:10 – 13:00 Projects Highlights & Networking: IoT, Blockchain, AI, Big Data: The Role of Technology in the One Belt, One Road Initiative

Given the rise in trade between Europe, Asia and Africa due to BRI, it has also having a huge impact on the development of blockchain, VR, and other digital services in need to upgrade facilities and maximise profitability and delivery times for goods traversing Eurasia. With the advancement of BRI new technology deployments in areas such as digital supply chains and logistics, where technologies such as AI, big data and analytics will be deployed to smooth the movement of physical goods on land and sea. 
(12:10 – 12:30)  Project Showcase
(12:10 – 12:16) First Project: Russia: New Economy - Smart City
In order to support investments in the "new economy", Moscow has created an extensive infrastructure to accommodate innovative industries, including 33 technoparks and technopolis Moscow Special Economic Zone, with special guarantees for investors implementing high-tech projects in priority sectors.

Sergey Cheremin
Minister of Moscow City Government Head of Department for External Economic and International Relations
(12:16 – 12:22) Second Project:
(12:22 – 12:30) Third Project:
(12:24 – 12:30) Forth Project:
(12:30 – 12:45) Q&A
(12:45 – 13:00) Networking & B2B Meetings
13:00 – 14:00 Projects Highlights & Networking - Renewable Energy

Global energy demand is expected to rise by 30% between 2017 and 2040. By the end of 2017, global renewable generation capacity increased by 167 GW and reached 2,179 GW worldwide. This represents a yearly growth of around 8.3%, the average for seven straight years in a row, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).      
(13:00 – 13:30) Project Showcase
(13:00 – 13:06) First Project: Namibia: Luderitz Wind Power Project (40MW)

Simson Haulofu
Managing Director
(13:06 – 13:12) Second Project: South Africa: Biorefinery of Sweet Sorghum Syrup to Biodegradable
The project entails biorefinery of Sweet Sorghum (Imfe) syrup to biodegradable, renewable biomaterials (Bagasse; BioEthanol; Farnasene; BioGas) that can be processed to bioelectricity, heat and power, biofuels, bio-base oils, renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel, with CO2 and bioFertiliser as sellable by-products. while bioethanol policy is in discussion, the Project Promoter has prioritised production of bio-degradable lubricants from sweet sorghum. This initiative is supported by a technological partner from the USA.

Yunus Hoosen
Head of Invest SA
(13:12 – 13:18) Third Project: Development of Renewable Energy Systems in Ecowas Member States
The project aims at reducing the imbalance supply of energy through the ECOWAS member states. The project includes various components: The West African Solar Corridor, The regional off-grid electrification Project which targets providing sustainable electricity to  West Africa, the regional mim-grid rural electrification project to provide electricity services to 4000 rural areas.

Dr. Abdoulaye Zonon
Coordinator of the ECOWAS Community Development Programme
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
(13:18 – 13:24) Forth Project: South Africa: Solar Farm
The main focus for the investor will be the construction of a solar farm in the urban edge of the Upington SEZ land. The investor is also interested in other opportunities such as manufacturing of Solar Panels and a Silicon smelter. The Environmental Impact Assessment for this activity is completed as well as the Geotechnical Study Investigation.

Babalwa Mbobo
Sector Specialist: Upington SEZ
Nothern Cape - South Africa
(13:24 – 13:30) Fifth Project: 
(13:30 – 13:45) Q&A
(13:45 – 14:00) Networking & B2B Meetings

14:00 – 15:00

Projects Highlights & Networking – Agriculture and Food Security

International investments in agriculture have the potential to offer a broad range of social, economic, and environmental impacts. As a development tool, they can create jobs; provide rural infrastructure; connect smallholders to global markets; introduce new productivity-enhancing technologies; and improve access to finance for farmers. Close partnerships between international investors and national governments are key, however, to ensure that new outside funds sources do not distort local markets or leave local producers and smallholders at a disadvantage.
Sustainable investments can also enhance food security indirectly, through rising rural incomes, which may also improve access to more nutritious diets and improved food utilisation. 

(14:00 – 14:30) Project Showcase
(14:00 – 14:06) First Project: Sudan: Agro Gate Holding
Analyzing the status of the agro sector in Sudan and the region, it can be safely argued that there is timely and significant opportunity for large scale investments in agriculture in Sudan.
The demand for agriculture output exceeds supply at the local level in the Sudan market, and at a regional level as well. In addition, and due to global factors impacting supply and prices,
worldwide demand for agriculture output is witnessing a period of increasing significance after a global food crisis that took place in 2008.
Agrogate has a clear market opportunity that can bring not only commercial but also and on top societal returns.
Abdeldafi Fadlalla Ali
Director General: General Directorate for Investment and Strategic Partnerships
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Sudan
(14:06 – 14:12) Second Project: Sustainable Rice Production in West Africa
This program is consistent with the Continental Investment Plan for Accelerating Rice Self- Suffeciency in Africa (CIRPISSA) by AfricaRice in Partnership with the African Development Bank and World Bank. This initiatove aims at producing real time data on target dates for achieving rice self-suffeciency by 2025.

Dr. Abdoulaye Zonon
Coordinator of the ECOWAS Community Development Programme
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
(14:12 – 14:18) Third Project: South Africa: Tomato Processing Plant to Produce Tomato Paste
Integrated with a Tomato Growing Facility
The project intends to develop a tomato processing plant to produce tomato paste integrated with a tomato growing facility. The facility would be the first of its kind in South Africa with a capacity to grow 3000 hectares of tomato and produce ca. 7500 tons of tomato paste per annum.

Yunus Hoosen
Head of Invest SA
(14:18 – 14:24) Forth Project: Agri Hub in the ZF Mgcawu District in Upington
The Agri-Hub which will consist of various facilities namely: Retail Facility, Mechanization Facility, Packaging Facility, Quality Control, Agro-Processing, Training Centre, R&D facilities, Logistics and transport, Agricultural Inputs and Distribution, Silos, Abattoir, Feedstock, Aquaculture and Agri Tourism and Greenhouse.
Dr Mphulane Ramorena
Project Executive: Upington SEZ
(14:24 – 14:30) Fifth Project:
(14:30 – 14:45) Q&A
(14:45 – 15:00) Networking & B2B Meetings


End of One Belt and One Road” Business Cooperation and Development Forum

Session Format:
Each session will be 1 hour long; each session will showcase 5 projects based on the sector the session focus. Each speaker will get 6 mins to highlight their project, followed by 30 mins Q&A and networking between the speakers and potential investors. 

10 April 2019

Day Three

10:00 – 13:00

Invest In: A Series of Discussions on Regional Investments
(Venue: Country Presentation Area B, Hall 7)​

The world is changing at an accelerated pace due to a myriad to developments such as technological progress, (geo) political developments and climate change. Change brings with it uncertainty and risks, which influence investment decisions

Government needs to address both change and investor sentiment via policy decisions and legal frameworks. It is the duty of government to create an ecosystem that allows both society and the economy to thrive.

A clear understanding of domestic and international risks is as pivotal for government to make wise decisions as it is for investors to choose the right projects. For government the policy choices are manifold from protectionist policies to a free trade ideology. Money talks; therefore, investors have the freedom of choice as to where they want to place their investments.

This leaves us with the question of how prepared the various regions are to deal with these issues.

“Regional Focus” will analyze a region’s economic landscape, dissecting the risks, challenges and opportunities of the nations making up the region. The session will assess the economic landscape of national economies and its resulting impact on the regional economic ecosystem, while identifying areas and industries where economic growth can be expected.

The forum will convene key policy-makers, institutional and non-institutional investors, as well as heads of international institutions, political economists and key experts. They will debate and predict challenges and opportunities

10:00 – 11:30

Invest In: Africa
Managed By: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Digital Identity for Africa: Realizing the benefits for the continent’s transformation

The digital economy is estimated by the World Bank to be worth USD 11 trillion in 2016, and 15.5 percent of global GDP and expected to reach 25 percent of global GDP in a less than a decade. Digital footprints today cut across a wide range of sectors, including information communication and technology for development (ICT4D), trade, transport, education, health etc. Africa has not been left out of the digital boom, although the potential has yet to be fully maximised.  The continent is experiencing a technological revolution with an upsurge in the use of mobile devices, social media, information and communication technologies and big data, creating new channels for human interactions, and economic opportunities.
In 2017, the mobile ecosystem supported 3 million jobs and contributed almost $14 billion to the funding of the public sector in the form of general taxation as well as sector-specific levies on the consumption of mobile services. Similarly, digital trade is rapidly growing, at an estimated annual rate of 40%, and is expected to grow to over $300 billion by 2025. An expansion of digital trade will be of particular benefit to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute more than 80 per cent of African enterprises. Further opportunities exist in the digital economy for improving access and outcomes in governance, public service delivery, education, health etc. 
African countries, their regional organizations and the African Union are putting in place policies, strategies and regulations, to enable to take full advantage of the possibilities presented by digitalization to achieve national policy goals, realize continental aspirations as set out in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and meet the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  AU Agenda 2063, and the SDGs envisage a prosperous Africa driven by science technology and innovation, where poverty has been eradicated. The recently signed and soon-to-be ratified African Continental Free Trade Area provides an additional instrument for achieving this objective.
But there are challenges on Africa’s path towards a digital future. One such challenge is the lack of formal or legal identity by African citizens. The World Bank estimates that nearly 500 million African citizens (half the population of the continent) are without a legal identity. In many ways, the lack of robust identification buttressed by a poor Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system on the continent has contributed to marginalization and exclusion of many. The lack of legal identity has been recognized by all as a barrier to inclusive development, hence the inclusion of “legal identity for all by 2030, including through birth registration” as one of the targets of the SDGs.  The lack of identities implies that about half of the continent’s population are not only disempowered from meaningfully participating in the productive process to generate economic growth, but also are also inhibited from accessing various services to improve their well-being.
Legal identity can spur innovation and entrepreneurship by reducing transactions cost and enhancing traceability of products. Legal identity can also strengthen the capacity of state institutions and their ability to deliver essential social services to the citizenry.  The rapid modernization and urbanization of African societies and the increasing sophistication of commercial transactions are increasing the need for legal identity. ID is required to obtain health services, tax certificates, travel documents, open bank accounts, exercise franchise, establish credit etc. Further, conflicts in Africa have resulted in the internal displacement of large numbers of people, all of who need humanitarian assistance.  Without legal identity, it has been difficult to deliver humanitarian assistance to them and to repatriate them to their communities/countries following the cessation of hostilities.
Despite the opportunities digitalization presents, there is more to be done to enable the main drivers of digitalization in Africa. Only a few African countries have made progress in developing digital ID systems as a basis for legal ID, and to exploit the digital economy. Further, after almost 25 years of ICT development on the continent, for many African countries ICT readiness (infrastructure & access), ICT use, and ICT capability (skills) is still low, but rising, per the trends in the International Telecommunications Union’s ICT Development Index. Internet penetration averages 20 percent, but with wide variations from with 90 per cent to 3 per cent, while only 7 percent of African households subscribed to high speed internet services at the end of 2017.  Similarly, mobile penetration was estimated at 44 per cent in 2017.
Digital ID and the digital economy thrive on trust.  Data privacy breaches, cyber-attacks and cyber-fraud around the world are on the rise, impacting on productivity, revenue and client trust in the digital economy. While digital ID is designed to mitigate the low levels of trust in the digital economy (and e-commerce in particular), a high level of trust is equally required for digital ID systems to succeed; i.e. trust in the ID issuing authority, in the design of the ID and in the technology. It is important therefore that African countries have adequate regulation; particularly around data governance and digital platforms, to ensure that trust is preserved in the digitalization.
Cognizant of these developments and their relevance for African Member States, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is working with the African Union Commission (AUC) on a Digital Identity and Digital Economy initiative to support member countries to fully harness the digital potential, and to exploits the benefits of digitalization for the continent’s development.

10:00 – 10:05


Dr. James Mworia
Group Chief Executive Director
Centum Investments , Kenya

10:05 – 10:20

Presentation of the ECA-AUC Digital Identity Initiative for Africa

Stephen Karingi
Director Regional Integration and Trade Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

10:20 - 11:10

Panel Discussion


Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari
Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Madam Cina Lawson
Minister of Posts, Digital Economy and Technological Innovation Affairs 
Republic of Togo

Dr. Lassaad LACHAAL
Senior Advisor to the President-MENA ٌRegion & Algeria Res. Rep.
African Development Bank Group

Stephen Karingi
Director Regional Integration and Trade Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Roy Ombatti
Founder and CEO
Happy Feet Footwear & AB3D, Kenya

Tafadzwa Chiganga

Finance Director
Easy Solar, Sierra Leone 

11:10 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:30

Closing Remarks

11:30 - 13:00

Invest In: Latin America and the Caribbean 
Managed By: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Foreign direct investment to accelerate the digital transformation of the Latin American production system
Digital technologies are becoming faster, cheaper and more powerful. Population in Latin America and the Caribbean are rapidly embracing those technologies; however, the region still has a gap in the digital transformation of the production system.
The adoption of digital technologies - like Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, cloud computing, big data analytics, additive manufacturing (3D printers), robotics and artificial intelligence systems - in traditional industries is increasingly needed to compete successfully in data intensive markets. In addition, the region can develop sectors based on the production of intangible goods and services; and it is becoming imperative to promote innovation and make new technologies affordable, as well as developing adequate skills in firms and promote a culture of technology awareness (CEPAL, 2018). Finally, to thrive in the digital economy, the region requires greater investments in digital infrastructure, data centers, and telecommunications networks and in the underlying power and logistics infrastructure.
To face those challenges, foreign direct investment plays a key role and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are aware. In this panel, high-level representatives from the government and private sector will exchange ideas about the greatest investment opportunities, challenges and initiatives they are carrying-out nowadays.

11:30 - 11:35


11:35 - 11:45

ECLAC presentation: “A region in transition: Latin America and the Caribbean in the digital revolution"

11:45 - 12:45

Panel Discussion

Session Chair:
Cecilia Plottier Igoa
Economic Affairs Officer - Unit of Investment and Corporate Strategies
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile


Mario Cimoli

Deputy Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Chile

Artur Coimbra de Oliveira

Director - Department of Broadband
Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil

Jorge Sequeira
Managing Director
The Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)

Fernando Augusto Loureiro

Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs
Intel, Latin America and Canada

Federico Tabja Pérez
Chief of Staff
InvestChile, Chile

12:45 - 12:55


12:55 - 13:00

Closing Remarks

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