Voted in by the Steering Committee that met in London on November 20, 2015, Mr Bostjan Skalar is now the Executive Director of WAIPA.

Mr. Skalar is a Slovenia-based expert in Investment Promotion and previously held the position of a senior counsellor at Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia. Before that, he was the Director of Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, FDI and Tourism SPIRIT Slovenia. He is said to have led the country through a period of investment and growth. Mr. Skalar has studied Science of Economy in the University of Maribor.

WAIPA looks forward to Mr. Skalar's leadership and over 20 years' experience to lead IPAs towards a more defined success in attracting FDI in their respective regions.


B20Turkey The Business 20 (B20) outreach group is an influential platform bringing together business leaders from G20 economies, and advocates for critical issues for enterprises. This year, the group met in Turkey. WAIPA President, Arda Ermut spoke at B20Turkey on September 4, 2015 and talked about a need for a global governance system to deal with economic challenges. He also said that when it comes to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) the approach should be inclusive and robust.

IDB Member Countries for Experience-Sharing Program

This event was organized by Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Turkish Ministry of Economy on 5-9 October, 2015 and held in Istanbul with participation from 20 IPA's from around the World. WAIPA was a partner of this program. Konya Governorship, ITAP (Science and Society Centre), ISPAT and WAIPA were co-organizers. WAIPA Executive Director, Mr. Ersahin spoke at the event.

Commonwealth Business Forum

This WAIPA supported the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) was held in Malta at the Hilton Hotel, St. Julians, on November 24-26, 2015. The CBF is a unique biennial event which occurs in parallel with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), attended by high-level delegations from the 53 Commonwealth countries, EU Members States, the G7, and from all over the world.

Cameroon Investment Forum

The Investment Promotion Agency of Cameroon (IPA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted the maiden edition of the Cameroon Investment Forum for year 2015. The event was held in the CDPDM Party House and Castel Hall in Douala on November 25 - 27, 2015.


The WAIPA investment promotion survey was launched in October with many IPAs responding positively and providing in-depth analysis. The survey had 10 parts with 30 questions in total. These sections included priorities IPAs have when serving investors; their advocacy plans and identifying knowledge gaps when they try to respond to investor needs. The insights have long term implications on the efficiency of the FDI ecosystem. The results will be published along with the analysis in the upcoming World Investment Conference in 2016.


As WAIPA plans its forward calendar and agenda for 2016, we seek your proposals to hold regional events and co-organize activities. Please put your requests in at info@waipa.org before December 10, 2015.

Yours Sincerely,

WAIPA Permanent Secretariat