AIM EURASIA 2021: Opening Ceremony
FDI Session 1 - IPA Session: Role of IPAs During and Post COVID
IPAs play a significant role in terms of FDI attraction, working with government and private sector to create a robust infrastructure to promote investment. The Year 2020 has been a challenging year, IPAs roles have expanded from investment attractions to creating roles on Investor care and retention. In this session we will discover what roles have IPAs played during the pandemic and what are the learnings IPAs will be taking with them in a post COVID world?
FC Session 1: Accelerating & Building a Tech-Savvy, Sustainable and Resilient City
As we know, cities are looking to accelerate an economic recovery from COVID-19 that allows people to get back to the normal way of living or at least close to normal. This session will gather experts to discuss the following:
- How are the current cities shaping to be like?
- Building tech-savvy & sustainable cities that also help in preventing climate breakdown.
- Making cities more resilient and preparing them for future outbreaks.
- Implementing tech like AI, IoT, Blockchain to combat the current pandemic and preparing for any future outbreaks.
Arab Republic of Egypt Investment Destination Presentation
Workshop 1 – Led by Wavteq
Impact of Covid on FDI in the EURASIAN regions
Workshop showcasing the Impact of FDI on the Global and Eurasian markets, trends projecting FDI recovery in the region/globally and sector focus supporting the FDI recovery in the region.
Digital marketing during and after Pandemic
Importance of Digital marketing during and post-pandemic & Most effective marketing techniques- Website, Social media marketing, Virtual reality etc.
Startup Session 1: Accelerating the Start-up Ecosystem in Eurasia during the turbulent times
The current crisis in hand has led to a tremendous disturbance of the start-up ecosystem around the world. In this crisis, we have witnessed some of the big & small start-ups scale & even run into the ground. This calls upon strengthening the ecosystem by pulling more investments, attracting foreign start-ups and scaling them from seed to unicorns.
Welcome Remarks Speakers:
United Arab Emirates Investment Destination Presentation
SME Session 1: Resilient Financing System for SMEs and Entrepreneurs in Eurasia
SME Financing is aimed at supporting the priority areas of the SME sector growth points. It provides a significant multiplier effect on the entire business sector in Eurasia, as well as contributes to the development of new financial markets for SMEs.
The session is exploring how to develop small and medium-sized enterprises in the Eurasian region through the provision of financing options to SMEs and facilitating SMEs to grow with dependable finance access.
Workshop 2 -Developing a Successful FDI Attraction Strategy
A clearly defined strategy is the foundation for successful investment attraction. Strategy ensures that investment attraction contributes to overall economic policy and goals and that resources are allocated to opportunities with the greatest potential. Strategy is also critical to structuring the day-to-day activities of investment promotion agencies as well as the objectives and performance indicators that are used to measure results. This session will provide a stet-by-step guide for developing a comprehensive investment attraction strategy and will cover the following topics:
- What are the components of a successful investment attraction strategy?
- How detailed does the strategy need to be?
- Who should be involved in developing the strategy?
- How can the views of key stakeholders and partners be taken into consideration?
- How should the strategy be communicated?
- How can the success of the strategy be monitored and measured?
Trade and Investment Corporation between Egypt and Russia
Day 2 Keynote Address
Day 2 Keynote Address:
Building Resiliency in a Post COVID World
Keynote Address by H.E. Dr. Zamani Saul, Premier of the Northern Cape Provincial Government, Republic of South Africa
FPI Session 1 - Sustainable Finance in Russia and the CIS
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable finance became a more pressing issue in Russia and the CIS in 2019. However, the spread of sustainable finance in the region is still relatively limited compared with other regions around the world. The first Russian green bond was issued in December 2018. ESG is relatively small in the region, however, its importance is highlighted Governments, Banks and Financial Exchanges. In this session, we will understand the importance of ESG investment and how this is can be further developed in the region.
Northern Cape Investment Destination Presentation
THE NORTHERN CAPE is unique as a trade and investment destination with tremendous investment opportunities Its vast geographical extent and natural resources, complemented by human capacity and sound infrastructure, offering its partners a wide array of attractive trade and investment opportunities meeting global standards makes it an attractive destination.
Opening Remarks and Introduction of the Northern Cape Economy
H.E. Abraham Vosloo, MEC, Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Northern Cape Trade and Investment Partnerships
Hendrik Louw, Acting CEO, Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA)
OBOR Session 1 - The Belt and Road Suggests the New Era of Investment in Eurasia
A major route for China’s Belt & Road Initiative is the “Road” section, which stretches along its main corridor from Western China, through Kazakhstan, across to Azerbaijan, Georgia and onto Turkey and the European Union.
The session will discuss the vision and prospects for further investment in Greater Eurasia Region, what the investment accomplishments and trends in infrastructure, agriculture, healthcare, technology sectors...etc along the Belt and Road, and assess the potential for economic integration development in the new era.
Workshop Session 3 - How to Develop Successful Smart City Model (The Case of Skolkovo Innovation City)
The formation of a high-quality and attractive urban environment stimulates the development of innovative technologies for smart cities. New technologies not only change the life of the city and the people in it, but also create opportunities for new high-tech businesses. Skolkovo is more than a science or technology park: it is a full-fledged city. The Innovation Centre ensures optimal conditions for research and business as well as create a rich and aesthetically appealing urban environment.
Jordan Investment Destination Presentation
FDI Session 2 – Special Economic Zones Session – SEZs Role is Economic Development of CIS Region
As countries are recovering from the Pandemic which has impacted their economies in different ways, SEZs can be seen as vehicles and instruments to re-generate economic growth. This panel addresses how SEZs can kick start economic growth, diversify economies, make economies more competitive and resilient and trigger Industry 4.0 developments.
- Role of SEZ regime in the future as a resilient, adaptable and innovative option for industrial growth in CIS Region.
- Growth in green and sustainable design and operation of SEZs
- SEZs as adopters of Digitisation and 4th Industrial Revolution at scale.
Azerbaijan Investment Destination Presentation
FC Session 2 - Revamping the Intelligent Transportation System for Urban Mobility Enhancement
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) aim to improve safety, mobility and environmental performance of road transport. Russia and CIS countries and many more have seen a two-fold increase in car fleet from 2003 – 2018. This requires revamping of the current motorway infrastructure, & accelerating urban mobility solutions. This session will highlight:
- Rise of environmentally friendly urban mobility solutions and integrated shared mobility.
- Measures taken by cities govt & pvt organization to reduce the overall congestions.
- AI, Big Data & Machine Learning: How beneficial & accurate have they been when it comes to gathering intel?
- Deployment of autonomous transportation and what will be the human role in a connected and automated world?
Workshop Session 4 - Special Economic Zones in boosting Sustainable Economic Recovery
Driving sustainable trade and Investment during times of uncertainly
One of the important themes of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is ‘prosperity for all’. Given their international linkages and robust economic activity, free zones around the world are in a position to contribute to world’s prosperity and advance the UN SDGs. The private sector investment in SDGs can help structure efforts to mobilise funds, to channel them to SDG sectors, and to maximise impacts and mitigate drawbacks. COVID-19 has shed further light on SDG investment and why it’s a critical goal for countries to achieve.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity for the development of an entirely new type of SEZ with new focus on environmental performance, science commercialization and regional development. Moving beyond traditional trade labor intensive manufacturing activities new types of SEZs are emerging in targeted at Industry 4.0, tourism, financial and other professional services.
Such zones would aim to attract investment in SDG-relevant activities, adopt the highest levels of ESG standards and compliance, and promote inclusive growth through linkages and spillovers.
Special Economic Zones have played and continue to play a critical role in driving the global economy with an estimated 30 percent of global trade passing through them and to enhance the wellbeing of people. As the global economy is preparing for new growth, special economic zones play key facilitator and enabler of the global economy.
This workshop will cover:
- Global FDI trends and opportunities
- How SEZs foster sustainable trade and investment
- New types of SEZs
- Global best practices
Moscow Government Investment Destination Presentation
Startup Session 2 - Edtech: Revolutionizing the Education & Training Industry
EURASIA region is recognized for deep tech leadership and the ecosystem for training and technology learning. The current crisis has pushed startups to accelerate their innovations and revolutionized the education industry. This session will edtech investors and startups to discuss the current market trends of edtech in the region, edtech innovations and what’s after virtual learning or virtual classrooms?
AIM Eurasia Start-up Presentation
SME Session 2 - Building Anti-Crisis Ecosystems for SMEs Resurgence and Sustainable Growth
Nowadays, SMEs face serious economic challenges. However, often challenges and obstacles open the doors to new opportunities and breakthrough solutions. How will the global economic shifts affect the ecosystems for SMEs to develop, how SMEs can form the right partners who can help access markets globally and navigate through the crisis.