Dear Members,

It is our pleasure to inform you that the WAIPA Presidency, Steering Committee, and Permanent Secretariat is actively working to realize the visionary strategy that was disseminated during the World Investment Conference (WIC) 2014 in Istanbul. This strategy is now being turned into an action plan with concrete steps to be taken to achieve:

- More value for all members
- More transparent and accountable organization
- More visible and more credible WAIPA globally

1.   This new era started with the opening of WAIPA's new office in Istanbul. Next to Istanbul Ataturk International Airport, WAIPA's new home is fully equipped and at the disposal of all our member IPAs, as promised. This was also where we organized our last WAIPA Steering Committee Meeting and officiated accordingly. (The photos in this email show the new office.)

2.   A world class IT infrastructure was provided to our Association. Under this, WAIPA's brand new website with a plugged-in social media component is also about to be launched. Members will be able to acquaint themselves with the new interface at and can share ideas to make it even better. Over time, the website will be turned into a portal for the service of our members.

3.   In May 2015, WAIPA World Investment Conference 2015 will be hosted in Milano, Italy during Expo Milan where Presidential and Regional Directorship elections will take place. We invite all of our member IPAs to stand for candidacies. Please note that Candidacy Letters must be sent to the Permanent Secretariat 60 days prior to the election date, according WAIPA Statutes.

After 6 years of successful service, Mr. Carlos Bronzatto is now leaving WAIPA. Please join us in thanking Mr. Bronzatto for his service to an international organization with great ambition.

To maintain forward progress, continuity of the Association, and a smooth transition and recruitment period, Mr. Ismail Ersahin has been appointed as Ad-Interim Executive Director of WAIPA. For further information, Mr. Ersahin can be reached at +90 212 468 69 80 or via e-mail at, by post at or by visit to WAIPA, Istanbul World Trade Center, Building A2, 12th Floor, No. 373, Yesilkoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

WAIPA begins the New Year with a brand new office, a new website and new people. We wish that 2015 brings great success, health and prosperity to each of our members.

WAIPA Permanent Secretariat