The United Arab Emirates has taken a set of precautionary measures in compliance with global health standards to prevent the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), and has applied the medical protocols required to reduce the spread of the disease, including rescheduling the dates of events and conferences in various fields.
In line with this, the organizing committee announces the Annual Investment Meeting, scheduled to take place during the period from 24 - 26 March 2020, to be rescheduled to another date.
The decision comes after a series of consultations and deliberations with the main partners and participants in the event, who supported the move to reschedule the date of its commencement following the efforts and measures taken at the national level aimed at limiting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of the participating delegations. We will notify you of the latest updates through various AIM communication channels.
Annual Investment Meeting Organizing Committee
Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
|8:00 - 9:45||Registration|
|10:00 - 10:45
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Global Leaders Debate – Investing for the Future: Shaping Global Investment Strategies
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows slid by 13% in 2018, to US$1.3 trillion from $1.5 trillion the previous year – the third consecutive annual decline, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2019.
We are witnessing a global slowdown of the economy, with many countries being more conservative and restricting the inflow or the outflow of FDI. The Geopolitics is hampering the growth of FDI. Globalisation is running out of stem, and a new term is being coined called “Slowbalisation”.
The Global Leaders Debate will discuss the future investment trend and how is it impacting FDI, SMEs, Startups and Future Cities.
The high-level panel will convene heads of state, academia, heads of international institutions, leaders from multinational organisations, leading unicorns and investors from developing and mature economies.
|10:45 - 10:55||Investment Report Asia|
|10:55 - 11:05||Investment Report Africa|
|11:05 - 11:15||Investment Report Latin America|
|11:15 - 12:00||Interview with Industry Leader|
|12:00 - 12:30||Opening Ceremony|
|12:30 - 14:00||Lunch & Networking Break|
|15:30 - 17:00||
SME Pillar Session 1 - Financing SMEs in the Digital Era
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for over 90% of firms worldwide. They are the most significant contributors to employment and generate the majority of jobs in developing economies. SMEs are also a substantial contributor to overall value-added in these economies.
However, SMEs face greater financing obstacles than larger firms—they enjoy less access to external finance and face higher transactions costs and higher risk premiums. Almost 70% of SMEs do not use external financing from financial institutions, and another 15% are underfinanced. The total credit required to finance these SMEs fully is over $2 trillion, equivalent to 14% of total developing economy GDP.
The session will discuss how to finance SMEs in this digital era and what challenges are.
|15:30 - 15:35||
|15:35 - 15:55||Keynote Address|
|15:55 - 16:05||Networking Break|
|16:05 - 16:55||
|16:55 - 17:00||Closing Remarks|
|10:00 - 11:20
Venue: Breakout Room 2
SME Pillar Session 2 - Policy Making and Building the Right Ecosystem for SMEs
For SMEs to thrive in a country, they need to be supplied with a suitable environment to function in, to set up, get registered and thrive. In this session, speakers will discuss the benchmark policies governments have set up to promote SME development and what needs to be done by governments for further promotion of SMEs.
|10:00 - 10:05||Introduction
|10:05 - 10:20||Keynote Address|
|10:20 - 10:30||Networking Break|
|10:30 - 11:15||Panel Discussion
Hon. Peter Mathuki
Essam Omran Disi
|11:15 - 11:20||Closing Remarks|
|11:20 - 11:35||
EXPO 2020 - Online Market Place initiative
|11:35 - 13:00||
SME Pillar Session 3 - SME Partnership
In the world of digitalisation and greater accessibility, it has become even more important for SMEs to form the right partners who can help access markets globally, which goes way beyond their local markets. The challenge for any SME is how to find the right partner.
This session will discuss how effective partnerships can help SME to reach out to a global market. What are the challenges when it comes to forming these partnerships?
|11:35 - 11:40||Introduction
|11:40 - 11:55||Keynote Address
Prof. Dr. Khaled Mohammed Hanafy
|11:55 - 12:05||Networking Break|
|12:05 - 12:55||Panel Discussion
Eng. Mohamed Zaki El Sewedy
Dr. Sami Abdullah Al-Abidi
|12:55 - 13:00||Closing Remarks|
|13:00 - 14:00||Lunch & Networking Break|
|14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Breakout Room 1
|SheTrades MENA Programme - Led by Dubai Exports|
Welcoming Remarks and Opening Address
14:30 Fireside Chat – Leadership in a Digital Area
Companies increasingly rely on diverse, multidisciplinary teams that combine the collective capabilities of women and men, people of different cultural heritage and younger and older workers. Gain insights on how to enhance performance through deeper inclusiveness in emerging and high-growth markets.
Globalizing your Business
Panel discussion on how to grow your business. Success stories on how companies managed to go global.
Pains of Finance for Startups in the Region
Panel discussion on how to raise funding in the region with a positive attribute. Smart strategies to become the new unicorn.
|14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Breakout Room 2
|SME Pillar Session 4 - Digitalization of Agriculture in SMEs
The Agriculture industry has been going through a phase of innovation. The legacy agriculture model is facing pressure in meeting the demands for the future: demographics, scarcity of natural resources, climate change, and food waste all these challenges are not working in favour of the traditional methods. To address these challenges, government, investors and innovative agriculture technologies need to combine their efforts to meet future needs.
|14:00 - 14:05||Introduction|
|14:05 - 14:25||Keynote Address|
|14:25 - 14:45||Keynote Address|
|14:45 - 14:55||Q & A|
|14:55 - 15:05||Networking Break|
|15:05 - 15:55||Panel Discussion
|15:55 - 16:00||Closing Remarks|
|16:30 - 17:00
Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom
|Awards Ceremony AIM SME, Start Up and Future Cities|