The WAIPA World Investment Conference will be held back-to-back with UNCTAD´s Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues. The theme of the conference is: "Investment in Services".
Four sessions will take place during the two-day event, these will take the form of interactive debates between panelists and the audience, with a moderator. The third of these sessions - a joint high-level session with the UNCTAD Commission on Investment - will examine the issue of: "Attracting FDI in Service Clusters", and will be co-chaired by: Mr. Kai Hammerich and the President of the Commission.
Other plenary sessions will discuss: "FDI Trends in Services"; "FDI in Business Support Services"; and "Developing Health Services through FDI".
The conference will be preceded, from 7-8 March 2005, by two workshops on:
"Promoting Partnerships between ACP & EU IPAs", sponsored by Ernst & Young and ProInvest
"Strategic Marketing and Image Building for IPAs", sponsored by IBM - Plant Location International.
Further workshops will be organized on the last day of the Conference and topics such as: "Strategies to Attract and Retain Foreign Investment Projects"; "Competing for FDI Best Practices and IPA Benchmarking of Investor Servicing"; "E-Government Tools for IPAs Investment Promotion"; and "Exchange of Best Practices in IPA Policy Advocacy" will be addressed.