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21 March 2017 - 24 March 2017

Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

21 March 2017 - 24 March 2017

Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

Effective investment facilitation and sustainable development

Course Information

21 March 2017 - 24 March 2017

English

Turin Centre

Code: A9010458

English

Deadline: 19 March 2017

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth, integrate countries into the global economy, boost technological innovation and know-how, enhance skills transfer and contribute to the creation of decent work. But not all investments have the same development impacts. This 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 the WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Description

Description

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital to maintain and strengthen economic growth, integrate countries into the global economy, boost technological innovation and know-how, enhance skills transfer and contribute to the creation of decent work. But not all investments have the same development impacts. This 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 the WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Target audience

Target audience

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

Objectives

Objectives

Through the presentation of best practices and tools on investment promotion and after care services, participants will gain a better understanding of how to improve investment facilitation, converting possible leads into real breakthrough investment projects.

Furthermore, driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, participants will examine actively the positive links between FDI, Decent Work and Sustainable Development.

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be knowledgeable on the latest trends and opportunities regarding investment facilitation
  • Have gained a better understanding on how to implement a system of after care services and investment promotion measures
  • Understand the positive links between FDI, Decent Work and Sustainable Development

Content

Content

Over the four days, working sessions are presented on, amongst others, the following topics:

Day 1 and day 2:
1. FDI, employment and sustainable development: This session will identify how FDI can be more effectively
harnessed to create more and better jobs, boost skills development and technology transfer, and increase
business linkages with local enterprises. The discussion will focus on case studies from countries which have
successfully transformed their approach to attracting FDI, as well as recent trends in both host and home countries’ expectations of investor contributions to sustainable development.
2. Investment promotion: In the ever-increasing search for FDI, many IPA staff are still developing or fi ne-tuning their approaches to targeting investors and providing investment advice and other services. This session will provide an overview of good practices and lessons learned, stressing in particular the investors’ point of view.
3. Empowered analytics: There can be no progress without an accurate tool to monitor results. Empowered analytics enables government agencies to gauge the success or failure of both their policy framework and their incentive packages for investors. What are the best indicators and which are the top three analytics that can ensure that your IPA is an excellent service provider.


Day 3 and day 4
4. After care services: Investment promotion does not end with signing the MoU or investment agreement. This is where perhaps the most important phase of the process starts. The content of this training section will spell out those techniques and process-oriented standard operating procedures that can be undertaken to affi rm the investor’s decision and boost your country’s reputation as a great place to do business.
5. Multi-stakeholder dialogue: An IPA’s promotional activities and after care services can be signifi cantly enhanced through facilitating a constructive dialogue between the investors and the workers and enterprises impacted by the investor’s operations. This is particularly true for large investment projects with significant community impacts.
This session will focus on ways in which IPAs can facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues of mutual concern between investors and communities, to smooth the establishment and operation of the investment and higher levels of investor and community satisfaction.
6. Regional investment: Regional investment offers more avenues than is often recognized. The session puts the emphasis on what it takes to leverage your regional competitive advantages for investment agencies. It also advocates for the steps required to balance political policies with trade and investment policies.

Format and Methodology

Format and Methodology

Language requirements

Language requirements

How to apply

How to apply

The application deadline is subject to seats’ availability and varies: 4 weeks before the commencement date of the course, in case the participant needs a Schengen visa. For other participants not requiring Italian entry visa, the deadline for application is one week prior to the scheduled commencement date of the course.

Candidates must submit through the website the following documents:


• on-line application form duly filled in, available at
http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9010458/en

• letter from the sponsor indicating fi nancial support (or letter from the applicant stating that participation cost is covered by himself/herself), to be uploaded when filling in the on-line application form.

 

A limited number of fellowships are available to qualifying candidates. For more information, please contact Mr. Ismail Ersahin, ismail.ersahin@waipa.org.

Previous editions

Previous editions

 

About the  2016 edition of this training

What participants said:

"The course was really excellent in all other regards. Preparation, organization, presentations, interactions with participants, knowledge shared etc. "

"This training should be given more often, specially to those IPAs who still lack the right plan."

Turin, Italy, May 4-6 2016

         

 

Over 20 representatives from 13 different Investment promotion agencies from South America, Europe, Africa and Asia gathered in Turin for a three-day training organized by WAIPA in partnership with the International Labour Organization to learn and exchange ideas on the latest developments and trends on Investment facilitation geared towards Sustainable Development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes foreign direct investments as a strong vehicle to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals. This is underscored in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which highlights the importance of aligning foreign direct investment with national and regional sustainable development strategies.

This dynamic relationship between investment and development was at the centre of the training’s first day. Although the role between investment and economic growth might be a more traditional one, more effort is required by Investment Promotion Agencies to ensure alignment between FDI, sustainable development and decent work.

The second part of the training focused on case studies and best practices from countries such as the UK, Turkey and Slovenia. UKTI shared its experience with investment metrics, “what are the net results of FDI in terms of decent work?” and presented the ecosystem in which IPAs could step up to become the knowledge hub and coordinating mechanism to ensure FDI achieves the highest possible impact. In this regard, ILO presented the concept of multistakeholder dialogue based upon the principles set forward in the ILO Declaration on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy. IPAs should play a function of a “network hub” engaging strongly with other actors such as civil society, line ministries, employers’ organizations, workers, and other stakeholders.

In the final session of the training, Mr Bostjan Skalar, CEO of WAIPA in his concluding remarks emphasized the critical role of IPAs in terms of development, underlining the benefits that FDI brings into the country and its contributions to national development priorities. However, this requires that governments further empower the role of IPAs, through capacity building, strategic planning and enabling business environment. Mr Skalar also called for IPAs to show leadership, passion and time if IPAs want to be successful.

In general, the training was evaluated extremely positive by all participants. Participants emphasized the huge added value of interacting with colleagues from different regions, the sharing of information and best practices as well as adding a qualitative dimension to investment facilitation,

 

 

 

Tuition cost: 1440

Subsistence cost: 500

Total cost: 1940

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