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. 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 graduated in marketing and also in human resource 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 - 12:00
FDI Workshop 1 (WAIPA) – Investment promotion in a New Era and a Push for Investing in SDGs
Inevitably, disruptions caused by COVID-19 are impacting the world economy but also profoundly affect IPAs’ current and future activities. Overall, the investment landscape will be reshaped by the restructuring of global chains, build-up of new regional chains and distributing manufacturing.
As the current situation also highlight the crucial role of IPAs due to the close relationship with their respective governments and profound knowledge of local businesses and markets, IPAs can play an important role in alleviating the impact of COVID-19. Thus, IPAs have an even more critical role and the importance of integrating the SDGs into investment strategies and strengthening investment climate to promote, blue, green and impact investment.
Therefore, this workshop will look at what a changing landscape and impact on GVC implies for policy reorientation? As well as what the opportunities there are to build a more resilient framework? Moreover, it will look at what this means for building a more sustainable future and why the current situation might be a push towards increased investment in SDGs and existing best practices by IPAs.