World Investment Forum (18-22 April 2008)

The World Investment Forum will explore future developments in FDI flows: where they will come from; where they will go; which sectors and industries will account for these flows, and what the new features of the corporate strategies that are driving the process will be.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the new opportunities and challenges for investors, how global value chains and business linkages are evolving and how emerging economies can accelerate the development process through FDI.

Participants will include high-level Government officials and business leaders from both developed and developing countries; senior representatives from chambers of commerce and business councils, heads of inward and outward investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from 192 countries; and key global and African media.

The forum will provide an unprecedented opportunity to meet and interact through a series of conferences, networking and social events.

Registration for World Investment Forum

Participants to the World Investment Forum should complete both of the following forms.



18 April 2008
10:30 - 13:00
(Pre-forum Event)
Organized by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and UNCTAD
14:00 - 15:45
WAIPA is holding its annual World Investment Conference (WIC), and this segment is conceived for the networking of WAIPA members.
16:00 - 18:00
(Pre-forum Event)
20:00 - 22:00
Jointly organized by UNCTAD and WAIPA and sponsored by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre
19 April 2008
10:00 - 10:30
H.E. Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana
Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Chaired by Kai Hammerich, President of WAIPA
10:30 - 13:00
Stakeholders Event (Session I)
13:00 - 15:00
Sponsored by the China-Africa Business Council
15:00 - 18:00
Stakeholders Event (Session II)
Organized in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC)
20:00 - 22:00
Handover of WAIPA presidency
Sponsored by APEX, the investment promotion agency of Brazil
20 April 2008
10:00 - 13:00
Stakeholders Event (Session III)
13:00 - 15:00
Luncheon (By invitation only)
Senior government officials and business leaders will exchange views on how developing countries can attract investment and maximize its benefits.
21 April 2008
16:00 - 19:00
Opening address by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
19:00 - 19:30
As a leading promoter of entrepreneurship, the Empretec programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has launched the Women in Business Award.