Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Bostjan Skalar is a Slovenian citizen born in Ljubljana and is currently serving as an Executive Director - CEO of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. WAIPA is the umbrella organization of worldwide investment promotion agencies established in 1995 in Geneva under auspices of UNCTAD. Previously he served as a Director of new Slovenian Public Agency for Promotion of Investment, Internationalization, Entrepreneurship and Tourism (SPIRIT). He got a mandate from then Government and has successfully merged together agencies for Investment and Internationalization, Tourism and Technology and optimized organizational, employment and financial structure in the new agency. SPIRIT was and still is successful in attracting, facilitating and expanding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to Slovenia. He also served four years as a Consul for Economic Affairs of Slovenia in Istanbul, Turkey. He has also effectively performed his international business and market development activities and managing roles of various companies in the textile, automobile, printing and construction sector in many foreign countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Turkey. He studied in the Faculty of Economics in Maribor, Slovenia where he graduated in marketing. He has also graduated in Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Kranj, Slovenia in Human Resources management. He has over 20 years of management experience and is one of the global leaders in investment promotion area with a private-sector focus. His vast experiences in different fields from private to public sector give him a global overview on current business and geopolitical trends that influences the flows of FDI.
10:00 - 13:00
FDI Workshop 2 (WAIPA) – Facilitating capital flows into SDG-oriented projects and the role of IPAs
In this light the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a challenge and opportunity. To achieve the SDGs global efforts to facilitate capital flows into SDG-oriented projects are required, at the same time this opens a chance for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to play an essential role in facilitating these investments. To realize this, IPAs need to develop additional capacities, from developing a pipeline of investor-ready SDG projects, to the ability to attract and benefit effectively from investment in SDG-related sectors and creating or accessing new markets, technology, products, services and business model innovation that contribute to the SDGs.
This workshop will look at existing best practices of IPAs and discuss further opportunities to enhance the role of IPAs in attracting impact FDI and achieving the agenda 2030.
16:00 - 17:00
FDI Pillar Session 2 - Protectionism & Trade Wars: The Ripple effect
A rise in protectionism is contributing to economic uncertainty and a decline in global FDI. The increase in protectionist policies is forcing corporate investors to revisit their global footprints and supply chains, with investment decisions either being put on hold or reoriented towards new locations. In this session we will review the impact of protectionism and trade wars on FDI, including the changing nature of corporate investment decisions and the responses of governments and investment promotion agencies.