Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

8:00am
9:45am
Registration
10:00am
10:45am
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.

10:45am
10:55am
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Investment Report ASIA
10:55am
11:05am
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Investment Report Africa
11:05am
11:15am
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Investment Report Latin America
11:15am
12:00pm
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Interview with Industry Leader
12:00pm
12:30pm
Venue: Sheikh Rashid Hall
Opening Ceremony
12:30pm
14:00pm
Lunch & Networking Break
15:30pm
17:00pm
Venue: Breakout Room 2
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.

  • 15:30 – 15:35 Introduction
  • Moderator:
Hon. Giulio Centemero
-Chairman of the PAM Panel on Trade and Investments in the Mediterranean, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)
  • 15:35 – 15:55 Keynote Address
  • 15:55 – 16:05 Networking Break
  • 16:05 – 16:55 Panel Discussion
  • Panellists:
Massimo Falcioni
-Chief Executive Officer , Etihad Credit Insurance
  • 16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
10:00am
11:30am
Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom
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 speak about 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 – 10:25 Keynote Address
  • 10:25 – 10:35 Networking Break
  • 10:35 – 11:25 Panel Discussion
H.E MAWE TICHA Virginie
-President, International Federation of Consular Chambers for Africa (FICA)
  • 11:25 – 11:30 Closing Remarks
10:00am
11:30am
Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom
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?

  • 15:30 – 15:35 Introduction
  • 15:35 – 15:55 Keynote Address
  • Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Khaled Mohammed Hanafy
-Secretary General, Union of Arab Chambers
  • 15:55 – 16:05 Networking Break
  • 16:05 – 16:55 Panel Discussion
  • Panellists:
Eng. Mohamed Zaki El Sewedy
-Chairman , Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Arab Republic of Egypt
  • 16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
13:00pm
14:00pm
Lunch & Networking Break
14:00pm
15:30pm
Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom
SME Pillar Session 3 - Unleashing Economic Growth through Women-Led SMEs

Women-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make significant contributions to the economies in which they operate. However, female entrepreneurs face a range of financial and nonfinancial challenges in realising their growth potential and are more likely than their male counterparts to cite access to finance as a significant or severe constraint on their business operations.

This session will discuss why are we seeing a growth in women-led SMEs, what are the challenges women entrepreneurs face, and how can they be overcome.

  • 14:00 – 14:05 Introduction
  • 14:05 – 14:25 Keynote Address
  • 14:25 – 14:35 Networking Break
  • 14:35 – 15:25 Panel Discussion
  • 15:25 – 15:30 Closing Remarks
15:30pm
17:00pm
Venue: Al Multaqua Ballroom
SME Pillar Session 4 - 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?

  • 15:30 – 15:35 Introduction
  • 15:35 – 15:55 Keynote Address
  • 15:55 – 16:05 Networking Break
  • 16:05 – 16:55 Panel Discussion
Eng. Mohamed Zaki El Sewedy
- Chairman , Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Arab Republic of Egypt
  • 16:55 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
14:00pm
16:00pm
SME Pillar Session 5 - 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
16:30pm
17:00pm
Awards Ceremony AIM SME, Start Up and Future Cities

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