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Bostjan Skalar

Chief Executive Officer
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. WAIPA

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.


Sessions of the speaker

23-MAR-2020

23-MAR-2020

10:00 - 13:00


As foreign direct investment (FDI) is an essential element in countries’ efforts to stimulate and enhance economic development, negative FDI trends in recent years are a concern especially for the developing world and transition economies due to their need of capital to stimulate industrialization. 

 

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. 

Speakers:
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Bostjan Skalar
Chief Executive Officer
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. WAIPA
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Dushyant Thakor
Vice-President
Invest India
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Dr. Ola El-Kobrosy
Vice-President
General Authority for Investment & Free Zones (GAFI)
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H.E. Fahad Al Gergawi
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai FDI
President, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies

24-MAR-2020

24-MAR-2020

16:00 - 17:00

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.

16:00 - 16:05

Introduction

Speakers:
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Andreas Dressler
Managing Director
FDI Center

16:05 - 16:55

Panel Discussion

Speakers:
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H.E. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum
Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
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Bostjan Skalar
Chief Executive Officer
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. WAIPA
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Bruno Jaspaert
General Director, DEEP C Industrial Zones Vietnam Chief Executive Officer, Infra Asia Investment
Deep C Industrial Zones
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Alexis Garatti
Group Head of Macroeconomic Research Euler Hermes
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Rami Rafih
Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group

16:55 - 17:00