Under the Patronage of
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
14:00 - 15:00
FDI Pillar Session 4 - Greenfield Investments or M&A: What’s your take?
The long-term slide of greenfield investment in manufacturing halted in 2018, with the value of announced projects up 35 per cent from the low value in 2017.
The global M&A market remained strong in 2018 with announced transaction volumes reaching $4.1 trillion, the third highest year ever for M&A volumes.
Greenfield investment and M&A are showing good signs of growth over the previous years of slumps, what is the future outlook of these investments and what can policymakers do to attract MNCs to invest in their countries.
10:00 - 12:00
Africa Regional Focus Session /Africa Business Forum
Led by: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Regional Investment Agreements and Investment Drivers in Africa: Shaping Global Investment Strategies through the African Continental Free Trade AreaThe session will provide a platform to discuss the importance of investment regulation and investment drivers from an African perspective, against the backdrop of the AfCFTA. More specifically, the session will assess what opportunities the AfCFTA could provide in terms of enhancing investment attractiveness by consolidating investment regulation at a continental level, whilst at the same time safeguarding the policy autonomy of African countries and levelling the playing field between different types of investors. To achieve this stated objective, the ECA will present two publications, whilst at the same time engage panelists in a discussion on how African countries may better harness the the AfCFTA, with a view to support and benefit from a common investment area on the continent.