Global trade and investment experts and policy makers are expected to converge on Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates next week for the 2015 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, which will be held from 9 – 10 February. Hosted by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sharjah 2015 marks the twelfth global edition of the conference and the first time that the event takes place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The rapid pace of globalisation has put multinational firms, governments and international trade and investment bodies under continual pressure to better manage global investment issues. Sharjah 2015 will address a wide range of FDI topics including global infrastructure, cross-border financing options, navigating bureaucracy and the global demand for talent.
Being held under the theme of ‘Where East Meets West’, Sharjah 2015 will feature keynotes from Lord Peter Mandelson, former British politician and former European Commissioner for Trade; Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web; and Tony Fernandes, Founder of Air Asia. The forum’s diverse platform of speakers also includes local business and government leaders including UAE-based Badr Jafar, Managing Director of the Crescent Group and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Enterprises and Mishal Kanoo, Chief Executive Officer of the Kanoo Group.
The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment is held in a different global location each year and has previously been held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; London, United Kingdom; Valencia, Spain; Bologna, Italy; Vilnius, Lithuania; Tallinn, Estonia; Shanghai, China; and Philadelphia in the USA.
Organisers expect this year’s forum to draw delegates from the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Participating organisations include the following:
CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
Deloitte Middle East
Dow Chemical Company
Embraer Aviation Europe
Hamiryah Free Zone Authority
Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency
Immo Media Consult
Intekno Group of Companies
Louisiana Economic Development (LED)
Maybank Islamic Berhad
National U.S. – Arab Chamber of Commerce
Novartis Pharma Services
Portugal Global Trade & Investment Agency (aicep)
Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-ZONE)
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority
Standard Chartered Bank UAE
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal
United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy
Couldn’t make it to this year’s World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment? You can watch videos of forum presentations and discussions here.
Source: Conway Events, Shurooq