Held in partnership with United Nations ESCAP as part of the APAC Trade Investment & Innovation Week this is the first major in-person event for WAIPA in the Asia-Pacific region in 2023. Participation is open to all international and regional members (and prospective members). WAIPA will be supporting the program with several events and workshops, for the investment promotion community including the first Asia-Pacific WAIPA IPAs Investment Conference, launch of the UN ESCAP Digital FDI Guide as well as capacity building workshops (Pro-active investment, Digital FDI and more).
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, UN ESCAP Deepak Bagla, President, WAIPA & CEO Invest India Ismail Ersahin, Executive Director, WAIPA Chairperson: Andrew Keable, Regional Advisor APAC, WAIPA & Managing Director, KW Group SPEAKERS Dushyant Thakor, Senior Vice President, Invest India and Senior Advisor at WAIPA Heather Taylor-Strauss, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations ESCAP Jonathan Wong, Chief Of Technology & Innovation, United Nations ESCAP Pramila Nazareth, Consultant & Advisor ARTNET PROGRAM WAIPA APAC IPAs Investment Conference & Workshops Program
Tuesday 21st Feb Chairman: Andrew Keable, Regional Advisor Asia Pacific, WAIPA • 09.30-10.15 – Keynotes:
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary, UN ESCAP Deepak Bagla, President, WAIPA & CEO Invest India Ismail Ersahin, Executive Director, WAIPA • 10.15-11.00 – Morning Networking Break • 11.00-12.30 – Panel Discussion 1 - Digital FDI & Innovation Building effective public-private collaboration Developing effective ecosystems between internal and external stakeholders Strategies for developing digital economy investment Knowledge sharing and workforce – strategies for ensuring the skills are in place to secure long-term investments • Moderator: Pramila Nazareth, Consultant & Advisor ARTNET • Speakers: Jonathan Wong, Chief Of Technology & Innovation, United Nations ESCAP Invest India - TBC WEF – TBC
• 12.30-13.30 – Lunch • 14.00-15.15 – Panel Discussion 2: FDI focus on Climate Change, Green Investments, and Sustainability How can foreign direct investment help achieve climate action? Developing investment policies and measures that can help incentivize, facilitate, protect, and retain climate FDI Cooperation between public and private actors on stimulating and scaling climate FDI Creating cross-border strategies for a regional problem Private sector perspectives on how IPAs can enhance opportunities and support growth Moderator: Speakers • Heather Taylor-Strauss, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations ESCAP • 15.15-15.45 – Afternoon Break • 15.45-17.00 – Panel Discussion 3: Proactive investment: Creating effective strategies and best practices in FDI – Panel Discussion Perspectives on effective proactive investment opportunities Creating a culture of collaboration between government entities to attract investment Opportunities for supercharging investment with limited resources Creating the difference – developing a world-class investment attraction strategy Measuring FDI – Is the model right? Moderator: Dushyant Thakor, Senior Vice President, Invest India and Senior Advisor at WAIPA Speakers: • 17.00-17.15 – Chairman closing and end of the meeting Wednesday 22nd Feb (morning) - UNESCAP Trade, Investment & Innovation Week, In Partnership With WAIPA • 09.00-10.00 - Opening Session APAC Trade, Investment & Innovation Week & Keynote Addresses (Includes Mr. Deepak Bagla, President, WAIPA & CEO Invest India) • 12pm - Signing of MOA between WAIPA & UN ESCAP • 12.30pm - Launch of UN ESCAP Digital Economy FDI Guidebook Wednesday 22nd Feb (afternoon) - Capacity Building Workshop FDI in the Digital Economy Pramila Nazareth, Consultant & Advisor ARTNET Thursday 23rd February - Capacity Building Masterclass Pro-active Investment Promotion Masterclass Contact: Andrew Keable, Asia Pacific Advisor, WAIPA email@example.com The WAIPA APAC IPAs Investment Conference & Workshops will take place alongside The UN ESCAP APAC Trade, Investment & Innovation Week and will be held at the UN Conference Centre, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Supported by the WAIPA President & Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Steering Committee: • Invest India, President WAIPA • Invest Korea, Regional Director for East Asia & South-East Asia • Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour, Samoa, Regional Director Pacific Islands • Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, Regional Director, South Asia
o The program is open to regional Asia Pacific and international IPAs (Regional, Sub Regional & related Ministries) who may have an interest in attending and networking as part of the program hosted in Thailand – WAIPA Members & Non-Members from qualifying organizations o Pre-registration is compulsory and all attendees will need to upload their own information through the UN security registration – details to follow. o Attendance is free for IPA Conference & UNESCAP Trade, Investment & Innovation Week o IPA Capacity Building Workshops pricing will be available shortly
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