Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates, 2015

Panelists included Ann Low (Deputy Director, Office of Investment Affairs, U.S. Department of State) and Oliver Rothschild (Rothschild Advisors). Photo copyright

AIM 2015, which was held from 30 March – 1 April at the Dubai international Convention and Exhibition Center, focused on ‘Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transfer’. This was an important gathering of some of the world’s leading FDI academics, experts and practitioners – including Knowledge Partner – under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.’s Tor Svensson was appointed a member of this year’s AIM Investment Awards Judgment Committee to help select the FDI-agency winners. The committee reviewed the results of several months extensive research into investment promotion agencies throughout the world. Candidate agencies were asked to provide comprehensive information about their most significant investment projects in the year 2014. The overall results were analysed and verified by OCO Global, a leading authority on foreign investment.

The Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority was declared winner in the MENA region with Invest Morocco as runner-up.

The criteria used to judge the short-listed investment projects were follows:

  • Size of investment
  • Scale of job creation
  • Trade balance effects
  • Local linkages
  • Knowledge Transfer

The Investment Promotion Agencies of the winning countries were invited to AIM for an awards ceremony at the Gala Dinner held at the Armani Hotel, Dubai on Monday 30th March.

Follow this link for a complete listing of all the FDI agency winners:

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