Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

This five-day course will help investment promotion agencies to strengthen their investment promotion and facilitation capacities, expand their after-care services and, more broadly, enhance the development impacts of FDI flowing into their countries, particularly as regards the creation of more and better jobs. The course is run jointly by WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Foreign direct investment can contribute to inclusive, sustainable and sustained economic growth as outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of more and better jobs in host countries. However, this does not happen automatically. Enhancing the positive impact of FDI towards sustainable development and inclusive economic growth requires effective investment policies and enabling regulatory frameworks. Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) can play an important role to further unlock the development potential of FDI through project development, transfer of technology and skills, business linkages, policy development, facilitating public private partnerships amongst others. In this 5-day course, FDI professionals from IPAs and government institutions involved in trade, investment and sustainable development will learn how IPAs can maximize the positive impact of FDI for sustainable development and the creation of more and better jobs.

Target audience:

Staff of investment promotion agencies and other government officials involved in investment facilitation, e.g. from foreign ministries or ministries responsible for trade, commerce and finance.

Participants will be equipped to advise their IPAs on specific ways to attract investment which will contribute more effectively to the SDGs, such as:
  • Apply development frameworks for decent work in investment facilitation
  • Create an enabling environment to ensure that FDI leads to positive social and economic outcomes
  • Implement a system of investment promotion measures and aftercare services which enhances development impacts
As part of their participation, IPA participants will develop a strategy for their institution to integrate and align the SDGs along IPA and FDI related functions (promotion, facilitation, after care, planning, monitoring, and evaluation, ...). Other participants will have a better understanding of how to support IPAs to enhance development impacts of FDI.

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