2012 Programme

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Friday, 20 April 2012

All day
Registration for the WIF 2012, Main Forum Entrance Level 1
19.00 – 21.30
World Investment Forum Grand Opening and Welcome Banquet, followed by the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Awards, St. Regis Hotel Ballroom, Doha

The Opening Ceremony will take place in the presence of the highest level representation from the host country, UNCTAD member States, the global business community, as well as the United Nations and other organisations.
Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

Guests of Honour:

  • H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Mr. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros
  • H.E. Mr. Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger
  • H.E. Mr. Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia
  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland and Co-chair of the UN Secretary –General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • H.E. Mr. Joaquim Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa
  • Leaders of global companies
  • Ministerial officials from 194 UNCTAD member States

Cultural Show – on the theme of investment in sustainable development
Presentation of the Investment Promotion Awards 2012: The Awards honour the world’s best-practices in investment promotion. The 2012 Awards go to the world’s best agencies in promoting investment for job creation and skills development.
Award Presenter:

  • H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa
  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland and Co-chair of the UN Secretary –General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa, Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • H.E. Mr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Chairman of the National Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XIII and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of the State of Qatar
  • Master of ceremonies:
  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
  • The whole event will be broadcast live by Al Jazeera and CNBC.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

08.00 – 09.00
Investment Advisory Council Breakfast, Invitation only – Room 103, Level -1

Boosting Investment in Productive Capacity in LDCs

The 10th Meeting of the Investment Advisory Council, a joint initiative by UNCTAD and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), offers a platform for consultations between Heads of State and government leaders and CEOs of global companies, as well as heads of international organisations. Participants will discuss pro-poor investment strategies that can foster sustainable economic growth, development and poverty reduction. Participants will focus on new initiatives and investment opportunities that positively impact the poor in the most vulnerable economies and consider concrete investment proposals.
Co-Chairs:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

Moderator:

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Participants, among others:

  • H.E. Mr. Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Fomer Secretary-General, Gulf Cooperation Council
  • H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations
  • H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Al Thani, Chairman of ICC Qatar and the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mr. James Bacchus, Chair, Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig
  • Mr. Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc
  • H.E. Mr. Lekh Raj Bhatta, Minister of Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
  • H.E. Mr. Riadh Bettaïeb, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Tunisia
  • Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé S.A
  • H.E. Mr. Joaquim Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique
  • H.E. Mr. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros
  • H.E. Mr. Nasser El Hakim, Minister of Economic Development of Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC
  • H.E. Mr. Hage Geingob, Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Konteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger
  • H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa
  • Ms. Zhao Ming, Secretary-General, China Council for International Investment Promotion
  • H.E. Ms. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
  • Mr. Eid Al Olayyan, Chief Executive Officer, Petrixo Oil & Gas
  • Mr. Steen Riisgaard, President and CEO, Novozymes
  • Mr. Jukka Seppälä, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Trade Policy, Metso Corporation
  • Mr. Hugo Sigman, President and CEO, Grupo Insud
09.30 – 12.30
World Leaders Investment Summit, Conference Hall, Level 2

Investing in sustainable development
The World Leaders Investment Summit will convene Heads of State and Government with CEOs of the world”s largest transnational corporations to discuss the role of sustainable investment in the new phase of globalization. State leaders will share their views on the main policy challenges facing policymakers in shaping global economic governance and its investment pillar, while the world’s leading CEOs will present corporate perspectives on changing business expectations in this regard. The Summit will provide participants with a rich, solutions-oriented discussion, drawing on the insight of the leaders present.
The discussion will be informed by an UNCTAD paper on “How Can Investment Foster Sustainable Development?” available here.
Questions to be addressed include:

 

  • What are the opportunities and challenges emanating from the changing investment landscape?
  • What can be done to foster responsible and sustainable foreign investment?
  • How to promote investment for job creation and inclusive growth?

 

Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

 

Panelists include:

  • H.E. Ahmad Bin Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud, Deputy Prime Minister
  • H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Mr. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of the Union of the Comoros
  • H.E. Mr. Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger
  • H.E. Mr. Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia
  • H.E. Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah, President of the Senate of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland and Co-chair of the UN Secretary –General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • H.E. Mr. Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States and Chairman of the William J. Clinton Foundation (via video message)
  • Mr. Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.
  • Mr. Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO, Total
  • Mr. Steen Riisgaard, President and CEO, Novozymes
  • Mr. Hugo Sigman, President and CEO, Grupo Insud

Moderator:

  • Mr. Teymoor Nabili, Al Jazeera English

The session will be broadcast live by Al Jazeera and CNBC

12.45 – 14.00
WIF Luncheon Events, Invitation only

I. High-level policymakers networking luncheon (Hall 1, Level 0)
II. Special luncheon event (Room 103, Level 1)
Guest Speaker: H.E. Mr. Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia

14.00 – 17.00
UNCTAD XIII: Opening Ceremony, The Theatre, Level 1 and 2

This grand opening will feature the keynote speeches of Heads of State

20.30
UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Conference Reception (open to all WIF participants)

Welcome Reception and Cultural Performance Katara Cultural Village

Sunday, 22 April 2012

*** Parallel Events ***

09.00 – 12.30
High-Level Investment Promotion Conference, Auditorium 2, Level 0

Fostering interaction between stakeholders
In two sessions, senior government policy-makers, heads of investment promotion agencies (IPAs), corporate executives, and international investment location experts will discuss key issues related to FDI trends, as well as the new investment promotion policies and strategies needed to capture new types of investment for sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
09.00 – 10.30
Session I

Inside the corporate mind: a global picture
In contrast to global industrial output and trade, global FDI still lags behind its pre-crisis level. Risks and uncertainties still remain, including a spreading sovereign debt crisis, regional instability, and currency volatility.
Meanwhile, many transnational corporations have emerged from the crisis with robust balance sheets and are in a position to expand globally. In this session, CEOs, senior policy makers, heads of investment promotion agencies, international investment location experts and other stakeholders will debate the prospects for global FDI flows, new investment initiatives and the strategies required to benefit from them.
Questions to be addressed include:

  • How has the global economic crisis changed TNC’s investment strategies? What are the global investment prospects?
  • With the shifting regional balance in global markets and growth, what strategies should Investment Promotion Agencies adopt to attract investors?
  • How can FDI be channeled into building productive capacity, such as infrastructure and public services?

Panelists include:

  • Mr. Rafael Benke, Vice President, Vale, Brazil
  • Mr. Aaron Brickman, Deputy Executive Director, SelectUSA, United States
  • Mr. Peter Buckley, OBE, Professor at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Stefan Bude, President, DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC. Germany
  • Mr. R. Seetharaman, CEO, Doha Bank Group, Qatar
  • Ms.Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Mr. Li Zhengmiao, Executive Vice President, China Mobile, China

Discussants:

  • Mr. Lestroy Samuel, President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)
  • Mr. Phiwayinkhosi Ginindza, CEO, Swaziland Investment Promotion Agency, Swaziland

Moderator:

  • James Robertson, BBC
11.00 – 12.30
Session II

Creating competitive locations for green FDI
In their transition to a low-carbon economy, countries are creating green investment opportunities, but also capturing a fast growing new market and generating employment. Governments have been adopting strategies and policies to attract green FDI, often through the creation of green special economic zones (SEZs). These green SEZs are designed, developed and operated in a sustainable way and sometimes target specific activities in the value chain, like research and development (Cleantech Parks).
This session will discuss the effectiveness of special zones in creating competitive locations for green FDI, as well as promotional strategies and the role of IPAs in attracting investment to these zones.
Questions to be addressed include:

  • If green industry is the objective, are the current green zones the right model for attracting investment?
  • What is the potential of green SEZs or CleanTech parks for developing new clusters, creating jobs and attracting talent?
  • How can IPAs be involved in attracting green FDI to SEZs and other locations?

Panelists include:

  • H.E. Mr. Alessandro Teixeira, President of World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies and Deputy Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil
  • H.E. Mr. Wilson Laleau ,Minister of Commerce and Industry, Haiti
  • Mr. Omran Hamad Al-Kuwari, CEO, Green Gulf Inc., Qatar
  • Mr. Simon Galpin, Director General, Invest HK, Hong Kong, China
  • Mr. Jim O’Gara, Senior Vice President, AECOM International Government Services, United States
  • Mr. Kyong Soo Kim, President & CEO, Korea Industrial Complex Corporation (KICOX), Republic of Korea

Discussants:

  • Mr. Gokhan Akinci, Special Economic Zones, Global Product Specialist, World Bank
  • Mr. Per-Erik Sandlund, Director General, Invest Sweden, Sweden

Moderator:

  • Mr. Teymoor Nabili, Al Jazeera English
09.00 – 12.30
2012 International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference, Hall 1, Level 0

Reviewing global investment governance
The 2012 IIA Conference will bring together IIA negotiators, investment practitioners, legal scholars, and representatives from civil society and the private sector to discuss how the international investment regime can work better for sustainable development. It will draw lessons learnt from the recent evolution of the IIA regime, with a view to identifying possible ways forward.
The IIA Conference 2012 will report to the UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Round Table (Sunday afternoon).
Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the key principles for maximising the IIA regime’s contribution to sustainable development?
  • How can the coherence between international and national investment policies be improved to better support sustainable development?

Chair person:

  • H.E. Ms. Anabel Gonzalez, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica

Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Speakers, among others:

  • H.E. Mr. Choong-Yong Ahn, Foreign Investment Ombudsman and Chairman of Presidential Regulatory Reform Committee, Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Mr. Luzius Wasescha, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA, Switzerland
  • H.E. Mr. Carlos Gianelli, Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to the U.S.A., Uruguay
  • Mr. Alejandro Faya, Director General of Foreign Investment, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
  • Ms. Eman Gamal Said, Under Secretary of State, Head of the International Cooperation Department, General Authority for Investment, Egypt
  • Mr. Mark Halle, Director, Trade and Investment, and European Representative, IISD, Switzerland
  • Mr. Walid Ben Hamida, Maître de Conférences, University of Evry Val-d’Essonne and Sciences Po, France
  • Mr. Jonathan Kallmer, Office of the United States Trade Representative, United States*
  • Mr. Minas Khatchadourian, CEO & Secretary-General, Qatari International Center for Arbitration, Qatar
  • Mr. Daniel Godinho, Director of the International Negotiations Department, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil
  • Mr. Pradeep Mehta, Secretary-General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), India
  • Ms. Amina Ousmoi, Chef du Service Europe du Nord et de l’Est, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco
  • Mr. Leopoldo Rubinacci, Head of Unit, Services and Investment, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
  • Mr. Wesley Scholz, Head of Investment Division, OECD
  • Ms. Li Yongjie, Director, Overseas Investment and Economic Cooperation Office, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, China

Rapporteur:

  • Mr. Xavier Carim, Director-General for International Trade and Economic Development, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Closing Remarks:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
10.00 – 12.30
Sovereign Wealth Fund Round Table: a dialogue between SWF executives and ministers, Room 103, Level 1

Exploring the potential of sovereign wealth funds for investment in sustainable development
Investment by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is growing rapidly. With estimated total assets of nearly $4-5 trillion and the relatively high growth of emerging economies that own these funds, SWFs offer great potential to contribute to sustainable development through FDI.
In this session, organized by UNCTAD in partnership with the Qatari Government, senior executives from leading SWFs, ministers, and eminent investment experts will explore best practices and appropriate policy measures, at the international and national levels, to maximize the impact of SWF-sponsored investment and actions that SWFs can take to promote sustainable investment.
The discussion will be informed by an UNCTAD paper on “Exploring the Potential of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Investment in Sustainable Development – A dialogue between SWF executives and ministers.”
Questions to be addressed include:

  • What role can SWFs play in promoting sustainable growth and development through long-term investment in productive sectors, agriculture and infrastructure development?
  • How can governments create a more conducive environment to encourage sustainable investment by SWFs and to maximize the development benefits from their investment, while minimizing negative impacts?
  • What potential is there for a global mechanism to facilitate SWF investment in sustainable development projects?

Chair:

  • Mr. Ahmed Al Sayed, CEO, Qatar Holding

Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Panelists include:
Executives:

  • Mr. Hussain Al Abdulla, Board Member Executive, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar
  • Mr. Sulayman Al-Qudsi, Chief Economist, Gulf Investment Corporation, Kuwait
  • Mr. Mohamadou Bello, Senior Investment Officer, National Investment Corporation, Cameroon
  • Mr. Jianxin Chi, President, China-African Development Fund, China
  • Mr. Joop van Lunteren, Vice Chairman, Dutch Civil Servants Pension Fund
  • Mr. Bosworth Monck, Head, Client Relations, IFC Asset Management Company, World Bank
  • Mr. Frederic Samama, Head of the Steering Committee, Sovereign Wealth Fund Research Initiative, United States
  • Mr. Abdelkarim Sma, Programme Manager, Near East and North Africa Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Ministers and government representatives:

  • H.E. Mr. Gabriel Duque Mildenberg, Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Colombia
  • H.E. Mr. Abdi Elmi Achkir, Deputy Minister of Trade, SMEs and Tourism, Djibouti
  • H.E. Ms. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
  • H.E. Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Deputy Minister of Economy, Georgia
  • H.E. Mr. Andrea Ferrari, Ambassador of Italy to Qatar, Italy
  • H.E. Mr. Luvsantseren Orgil, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Mongolia
  • H.E. Mr. Hage Geingob, Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia
  • H.E. Mr. Francois Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
  • H. E. Mr. David Wandendeya Wakikona, State Minister for for Trade and Cooperatives, Uganda

Moderator:

  • Mr. Maher Chmaytelli, Bureau Chief Middle East, Bloomberg
12.30 – 14.30
Investment Stakeholders’ Networking Lunch, Hall 7, Level 0

This networking lunch will bring together participants attending the WIF 2012 in a more informal setting to find ways in which they can work together. At each table will be a mix of investors, policymakers, negotiators, investment experts, investment promotion agencies, academia and civil society. The lunch will be structured around a menu of questions for thought to provide a stimulus for discussion.
Questions for discussion:

  • What do you see as the most important challenges and opportunities for increased investment in sustainable development in the poorest countries over the next 10 years?
  • What future policy initiatives at the international level do you believe would be most important for the goal of promoting investment in sustainable growth and development?
  • What could be done to strengthen partnerships among the investment stakeholder community to promote investment for sustainable development?
14.30 – 17.30
High-Level Meeting on Accounting and Reporting, Auditorium 2, Level 0

Building capacity for high quality corporate reporting
High quality corporate reporting is critical for attracting investment and promoting financial stability. UNCTAD is holding this special high-level session on international standards of accounting and reporting to highlight the need for capacity building in accounting.
This meeting will bring together ministers, government officials, and heads of international organisations with standard setters and senior accounting policymakers to discuss the role of corporate transparency and accounting in promoting investment and economic development.
Opening Remarks:

  • Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Moderator:

  • Mr. Nelson Carvalho, Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Chair, UNCTAD-ISAR Consultative Group on Capacity-building)

Panelists include:

  • Mr. Warren Allen, Deputy President, International Federation of Accountants
  • Mr. Ashraf El Sharkawy, Chairman, Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority
  • Mr. Paul Hurks, Director of Education, Royal NIVRA, The Netherlands
  • Ms. Nancy Kamp-Roelands, Director, Ernst & Young’s CSR Knowledge Centre
  • Mr. Damir Kaufman, Secretary General, Ministry of Justice, Croatia
  • Mr. Adama Kone, Directeur Général du Trésor et de la Comptabilité Publique, Président du Conseil National de Comptabilité, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Mr. Ewald Muller, Director, Financial Analysis, Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory
  • Mr. Paul Pacter, Board Member, The International Accounting Standards Board
  • Mr. Adrian Pulham, Director of Education and Membership, CIPFA, UK
  • Mr. Martin Turner, Vice-President, Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, United Kingdom
15.00 – 18.00
Ministerial Round Table, Hall 1, Level 0

Addressing the policy challenges for investment and enterprise development
This roundtable is part of the UNCTAD XIII Conference proceedings: “Promoting investment, trade, entrepreneurship and related development policies to foster sustained economic growth for sustainable and inclusive development”
The Round Table will allow ministers and heads of international organisations to debate how investment and enterprise development policies can facilitate building productive capacity and integration into global value chains, in support of economic development. Deliberations will serve to guide investment policymaking at the national and international levels, with a view to maximizing sustainable investment, enterprise and development outcomes.
The Round Table will distill the visions, strategies and experiences that can contribute to a new policy paradigm for investment and enterprise development.
The discussion will be informed by an UNCTAD paper on “Addressing the policy challenges for sustainable investment and enterprise development”, as well as UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship Policy Framework.
Co-chairs:

  • H.E. Mr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar
  • H.E. Mr. Rob Davies, Minister of Industry and Trade, South Africa
  • Opening remarks:
  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Panelists include:

  • H.E. Mr. Carlos Bianco, Under-Secretary of Investment Development and Trade Promotion, Argentina
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Marles, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Australia
  • H.E. Mr. Dilip Barua, Minister of Industries, Bangladesh
  • H.E. Ms. Dorcas Makgato-Malesu, Minister of Trade and Industry, Botswana
  • .E. Mr. Alessandro Teixeira, Deputy Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil, and President of WAIPA
  • H.E. Mr. Patiendé Arthur Kafando, Minister of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, Burkina Faso
  • H.E. Mr. Yu Jianhua, Assistant Minister of Commerce, China
  • H.E. Mr. Gabriel Duque, Vice-Minister of External Trade, Colombia
  • H.E. Ms. Anabel González, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • H.E. Nasser El Hakim, Minister of Economic Development of Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Mr. Abdi Elmi Achkir, Deputy Minister for Trade, SMEs and Tourism, Republic of Djibouti
  • H.E. Ms. Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development, Finland
  • H.E. Ms. Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary for Economics and Technology, Germany
  • H.E. Ms. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
  • H.E. Mr. Wilson Laleau, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Haiti
  • H.E. Mr. Arnold Joseph Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
  • H.E. Mr. Joe Nakano, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
  • H.E. Mr. Choong-Yong Ahn, Foreign Investment Ombudsman and Chairman of the Presidential Regulatory Reform Committee, Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Ms. Amélia Tomás Muendane Nakhare, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, Mozambique
  • H.E. Mr. Hage Geingob, Minister of Trade and Industry, Namibia
  • H.E. Mr. Lekh Raj Bhatta, Minister of Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
  • H.E. Mr. Saley Saidou, Minister of Commerce and Private Sector Development, Niger
  • H.E. Mr. Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Trade and Investment, Nigeria
  • H.E. Mr. Manuel María Cáceres, Vice Minister for Economic Relations and Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
  • H.E. Mr. Alexey Likhachev, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • H.E. Mr. François Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Konteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Ms. Beatrice Maser Mallor, State Secretary, Switzerland
  • H.E. Mr. Riadh Bettaïeb, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, Tunisia
  • H.E. Mr. David Wandendeya Wakikona, State Minister for Trade and Cooperatives, Uganda
  • H.E. Ms. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda
  • H.E. Ms. Deborah A. McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, United States
  • H.E. Mr. Robert Sichinga, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
  • Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, ITC
  • H.E. Mr. Richard A. Boucher, Deputy Secretary General, OECD
  • Mr. Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UN-OHRLLS
  • Ms. Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza, Deputy Director General, WTO

 

Concluding remarks by the Co-Chairs

15.00 – 18.30
Green Zone Site Visit: Qatar Foundation and Qatar Science & Technology Park

Research, operations and sales at work: Led by a cluster of leading universities hosted by the Qatar Foundation, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) is conducting applied research and helps commercialize technologies in energy, environment, health sciences and ICT. Operators include international corporations, such as Cisco, ConocoPhillips, GE, Maersk, Microsoft, RollsRoyce, Shell and Tata which have committed to funding new ventures, and creating intellectual property. Tour QSTP as part of your WIF2012 experience, learn best practice in Green Zone design and management, and network with the operators.
Please see page 14 of our programme PDF for more information.

18.30 – 20.00
World Investment Forum Reception (open to all WIF participants), Hall 1, Level 0

A chance to reflect on the issues raised during the WIF and to look ahead to the fourth biennial meeting of the World Investment Forum in 2014. Award presentation for the partners in the WIF 2012.
Remarks by the host:

  • H.E. Mr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Chairman of the National Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XIII and Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of the State of Qatar

Remarks by UNCTAD:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Awards presentation for partners of the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2012.

Monday 23 April, 2012

20.00 – 22.00
EMPRETEC Women in Business Awards and Gala Dinner, Invitation only – Katara Cultural Village

The Empretec Women in Business Awards also forms part of the Woman’s Day events organised in conjunction with UNCTAD XIII and the host country. The Awards will be given to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – an UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 33 developing countries.
Opening remarks:

  • Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Master of Ceremony:

  • Ms Laila Al Shaikhli, Al Jazeera English

E-WBA finalists:

  • Ms. Patrícia Paz Silva Giordani, Moura e Paz, Soluções Ambientais, Brazil
  • Ms. María José Vicuña, Mys Compu solution, Ecuador
  • Ms. Maria Carlota Guevara, AURORA, El Salvador
  • Ms. Bisrat Debebe Negese, Bisrat General Construction, Ethiopia
  • Ms. Rahda Kurdi, Advanced Pharmaceutical Services, Jordan
  • Ms. Funmi Victor-Okigbo, No Suprises Ltd., Nigeria
  • Ms. Melissa De León, Tropical Panama Gourmet, Panama
  • Ms. Jane Frances Nakato, KinderKare Pre-School, Uganda
  • Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu, SANDA Hoa Binh Ltd., Viet Nam
  • Ms. Barbara Zoe Nyika, Barbra Nyika Mbira Academy (BANMA), Zimbabwe

Awards presenters:

  • H.E. Mr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of the State of Qatar & Chairman of the National Preparatory Committee for UNCTAD XIII
  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland and Co-chair of the UN Secretary –General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • Ms. Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Business Women’s Association and Personal Advisor to the Chairman – Alfardan Group Holding

Pre-Forum Events

Friday, 20 April 2012

Workshop for Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs):
Better Faciliation for Investment

Room 201, Level 2

Lack of reliable business information, excessive red tape and inefficiency all has a negative effect on foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction. The two sessions of this workshop, organized by UNCTAD and the World Bank Group, will explore the importance of offering strong investor facilitation services, and outline practical tools that are available to help perform this task.

09.45 – 10.00
Opening: Mr. James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
10.00 – 12.30
Launch: The Global Investment Promotion Best Practices – Facilitating Agribusiness and Tourism FDI (GIPB 2012)

Effective Facilitation of Agribusiness and Tourism FDI
The role of IPAs, in providing timely and relevant country and sector information through tailored facilitation efforts for each investor, is more important than ever. The launch of the results of GIPB 2012 will present practical strategies and tools to help IPAs improve the efficiency of their facilitation services, focused specifically on agribusiness and tourism.
Presenter:

  • Mr. Robert Whyte, Global Product Specialist, Investment Climate Advisory Services, World Bank Group

Panelist:

  • Mr. Stefan Bude, Vice President, Draexlmaier Group
  • Mr. Javier Chamorro, CEO PRONicaragua
  • Mr. Laurent Sansoucy, Director, OCO Global Site Selection
  • Mr. Per-Erik Sandlund, Director-General, Invest Sweden
12.30 – 13.30
IPA Networking Lunch
13.30 – 16.00
Best Practice: Reaping the Benefits of Good Governance and Transparency in Investment Promotion.

The How-to Guide to Making One Stop Shops Work
In the global economic slowdown, removing unnecessary administrative burdens and disincentives to companies has become key. This session will explore how IPAs can simplify and facilitate procedures for investors, and how e-government models can offer an affordable means to achieve these aims.
Presenter:

  • Mr. Frank Grozel, Coordinator, Business Facilitation, DIAE, UNCTAD

Panelist:

  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Méan, Vice-President, Transparency International
  • Mr. Ken Poonoosamy, Managing Director, BOI, Mauritius
  • Ms. Luisa Valiente de Rosales, Investor Advisor, Proesa, El Salvador
  • Mr. Le Hai Van, Head of the Statistics & Information Division, FIA, Vietnam
16.00 – 16.15
Wrap Up: The Way Forward – Mr. Paul Wessendorp, Chief, Investment Promotion Section, DIAE, UNCTAD
WIF 2012 – The Forum for investment stakeholders worldwide
“We are entering a new phase of globalization that recognizes both the importance of productive investment for economic growth and the need to ensure that investment leads to sustainable development”
Supachai Panitchpakdi,
Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Join us in Doha in 2012!
Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Palais des Nations, E-10054
Ch-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 5760, Fax: +41 22 917 0498
wif@unctad.org
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