FDI Videos & Webinars

Listen to key decision makers and personalities from the world of FDI share their views on key success factors and trends.

How can investment promotion agencies (IPAs) create an environment in which female leaders can develop and be successful within the IPA?

About this webinar

FDI Center hosted a webinar on the 15th September on the topic of: How can investment promotion agencies create an environment in which female leaders can develop and be successful within the IPA?

In this webinar FDI Center’s Director Kim Zietlow was joined by a number of industry leaders and experts including; Racquel Moses, UNFCCC Global Ambassador and CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator; Anna Gissler, CEO of Invest Stockholm; Nicola Watkinson, Managing Director of International Trade and Investment atTheCityUK; Catalina Valencia, Executive Director of Business Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Heather Taylor-Strauss, Economic Affairs Officer at the Technology and Innovation Section of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at the UNESCAP.

They discussed:

  • Findings from our survey on current gender equality figures within IPAs
  • Current demand for and obstacles to implementing gender equality initiatives
  • Insights and experiences of our female industry leaders
  • What steps IPAs can take to close the gender leadership gap and strengthen gender equality at all levels internally

 

This was the first webinar as part of our wider initiative Towards Gender Equality in FDI, in which we aim to bring disparities in gender equality in the FDI and investment promotion industry to the forefront of discussion as well as provide practical advice to work on the issue.

How can IPAs contribute to gender equality through the investment they attract?

About this webinar

In continuation of our Towards Gender Equality in FDI initiative, FDI Center hosted a second webinar on the 26th September on the topic of: How can investment promotion agencies contribute to gender equality in society through the type of investment they attract? 

FDI Center’s Managing Director Andreas Dressler moderated the panel and was joined by a number of industry leaders and experts including; Natalia Guerra, Investment Promotion Senior Capacity-building Coordinator and Gender mainstreaming focal point at the UNCTAD; Nangula Uaandja, CEO and Chairperson of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB); Hilde van der Meer, Commissioner for Foreign Investments at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA); Pilar Madrigal, Director of Investment Advisory at CINDE and Letizia Montinari, Economist – Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at OECD. 

They discussed:

  • The importance of gender equality as a goal for IPAs
  • IPAs as a potential bridge between government and investors in regards to coordinating policy with investment attraction activities
  • Practice IPAs can implement to support gender equality and how to track and report their contribution
  • Thoughts of investors towards a gender equality focus

 

This was the second webinar as part of our wider initiative Towards Gender Equality in FDI, in which we aim to bring disparities in gender equality in the FDI and investment promotion industry to the forefront of discussion as well as provide practical advice to work on the issue.

Quality over Quantity FDI: Jobs still the currency of investment promotion

About this webinar

FDI Center’s Andreas Dressler joined Jacopo Dettoni, host of fDI Intelligence’s series, Next FDI to talk about Quality over Quantity FDI. 

Attracting “quality” investment is at the top of the agenda of countries and investment promotion agencies around the world. It sounds great, but it also brings along numerous challenges when it comes to defining, and measuring success. What is “quality” investment in the first place? Is it about job creation, environmental impact, or ESG measures as a whole? What are the best KPIs to keep track of it? Watch the recording to gain the answers to some of the most pressing issues IPA’s are facing today. 

The role of industrial and special zones in the economic recovery

About this webinar

The world is facing an unprecedented economic challenge. Companies have announced massive lay-offs, closure of several operations, and plans to relocate facilities. Industrial and special zones are an important destination for FDI in many countries worldwide, especially in developing countries. These zones play an essential role in supporting companies and regions to create sustainable economic growth.

In this panel, we discussed the role of industrial and special zones in the economic recovery. This panel addressed topics such as:

  • How can zones contribute to the economic recovery efforts of their regions?
  • What are the main challenges that zones are facing at the moment?
  • Which type of opportunities exists for zones to attract new investment projects?
  • When should zones adapt their strategies and operating models to the new environment?
  • Why is it essential for zones to continue investing in sustainable projects?

 

This discussion provided crucial and practical advice for industrial and special zones as well as entities working together with these institutions that are looking for innovative ways to remain competitive in the modern economy.

Digital transformation in investment promotion

About this webinar

The adoption of digital technologies by investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and other organizations responsible for attracting investment to their locations is growing. Digital approaches have the potential to increase the effectiveness of all of an IPA’s activities, from promoting the location and identifying potential investors to engaging with decision makers and providing value through digital service delivery. This discussion focuses on the increasing use of digital technologies by IPAs and similar organizations and the key success factors for digital transformation in investment promotion. Topics addressed include:

  • In what areas of investment promotion, attraction and facilitation can digital technologies have the greatest impact?
  • What are the advantages of digital technology relative to conventional approaches and how can the two be combined?
  • To what degree can digital technologies enhance IPA performance and generate greater results?
  • What are the prerequisites and key success factors for successful digital transformation in investment promotion?
  • What are the potential costs and returns of implementing digital technologies?
  • What organizational changes are required for digital transformation to be possible?

 

This discussion provides essential and practical advice for all investment promotion and economic development agencies seeking to use digital technologies to their full advantage.

The future of investment promotion

About this webinar

The global economic and political environment is changing dramatically. This will create significant challenges – but also opportunities – for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and other organizations responsible for attracting investment to their locations. IPAs will need to change their business models and, in some cases, reinvent themselves to continue delivering value.

FDI Center, in collaboration with WAIPA, organized this panel discussion on the future of investment promotion. Some of the topics addressed include:

  • What are the main challenges that IPAs will face in the near to medium term
  • How can IPAs contribute to their government’s economic recovery efforts?
  • What opportunities exist for IPAs to attract new investment?
  • How will the role of IPAs and similar organizations change?
  • How can IPAs adjust their strategies and operating models to adapt to the new environment?
  • How can IPAs remain relevant and continue to generate economic returns and societal value?

 

This discussion provides timely practical advice for economic development agencies and investment promotion agencies from around the world that are seeking to remain competitive in the new environment.