Dear Members, 

Planning is the first step towards a stellar year. We have done just that for 2016 — Lined up eight key events for now, that you can mark in your calendars. To ensure WAIPA’s members can attend we have maintained a geographic spread. For more details keep checking and @WaipaOrg. Alternatively you may contact us at

Mostar Fair

WAIPA Regional Meeting

Location: Mostar, Bosnia
Date: 14 April, 2016

The regional meeting called "Optimal use of communication channels and Aftercare programs in process of FDI attraction" is to be held in Mostar on 14 April, 2015 at the Mostar Economic Fair

WAIPA ILO Training: Why FDI is a game changer for Nations

Location: International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC/ILO), Turin, Italy
Date: 4-6th May, 2016

Given that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth, integrate countries into the global economy, the International Labor Organisation (ILO) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) are jointly holding a distinct training on investment promotion; investor facilitation and aftercare services. About 30 experts from various investment promotion agencies will attend a fully structured 2.5 days transfer of knowledge and skills by dynamic speakers and practitioners of the investment industry. This course will help IPAs to strengthen their investment promotion, facilitation and expand their after care services and more broadly to enhance the development impacts of FDI flowing into their countries.

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WAIPA Certification Program

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: June, 2016

WAIPA Certification Program is being launched in June, 2016 to converge the knowledge WAIPA has gathered from FDI experts, academia and investment promotion leads. This two-day program is set to be the first of its kind certification for Investment Promotion Agencies to leverage in order to improve their performance standards and achieve stellar results in investor satisfaction. It will impart some of the best practices and cutting-edge techniques for investment promotion profes-sionals. More details to be shared soon.

Ivory Coast WAIPA Regional Meeting

Location: Ivory Coast
Date: 13 June, 2016

UNCTAD XIV - World Investment Forum

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Date: 17-22 July, 2016

The week-long Conference will feature ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum and a Civil Society Forum, among other events. The UNCTAD 14 - World Investment Forum will bring together Heads of State and Government, ministers and other prominent players from the business world, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues. The quadrennial Conference will also be a unique opportunity to consider the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda. It will also decide on UNCTAD’s pro-gramme of work.

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Curitiba WAIPA Regional Meeting

Location: Curitiba, Brazil
Date: 1-2 September, 2016

6th Mercosur Business Forum
Curitiba WAIPA Regional Meeting

In order to establish a specialized forum to discuss and promote the understanding of the Subnational IPAs issues and respond with new ideas and approaches, sharing experiences and best practices, it was proposed to deliver an impactful worldwide event in Curitiba, Brazil by launching the WAIPA Regional Meeting.

Paraná State is strategically located to host the 6th Mercosur Business Forum held in 2016, being able to not only provide world class infrastructure in air transport and accommodation, but also at-tract a significant number of attendees from Brazil and neighbouring states of Argentina, Paraguay and other countries in Latin America. Curitiba offers a safe and friendly environment, ideal to take the forum to a next level.

Mauritius WAIPA Regional Meeting

Location: Mauritius
Date: 3 September, 2016

WAIPA World Investment Conference (#WIC16)

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: October, 2016

The World Investment Conference is WAIPA's flagship conference where Investment Promotion Agencies gather to know latest FDI trends, policies and what cutting-edge investment promotion practices 2016 brings. Planned in Istanbul this year, the conference will bring together investment experts, financial gurus and academic researchers to discuss what is in hold for the future. Attended by local and regional political leads, #WIC16 is set to be a memorable conference for the FDI fraternity.

Yours Sincerely,

WAIPA Permanent Secretariat