The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will be offering a targeted capacity building workshop for ASEAN investment promotion agencies (IPAs) as a part of its work programme with the ASEAN Coordinating Committee on Investment (CCI) on investment promotion and attraction.
The ESCAP-CCI work programme formally began in 2023 and consists of three components:
- Tailored capacity building through in-person and virtual investment promotion workshops.
- Development of an ASEAN FDI Action Plan, focused on practical actions ASEAN IPAs can take to attract FDI across the value chain in 3 sectors valuable to sustainable development.
- Annual ASEAN Investment Forums (AIF) with ASEAN IPAs and investors at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summits (ABIS) to showcase investible opportunities in ASEAN.
In its first year of operation (2023), the ESCAP-ASEAN CCI work programme delivered the first AIF at ABIS in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the first ASEAN IPA workshop. Building on this, the focus of 2024 will be on delivering 3 in-person workshops (on topics already pre-approved through the CCI); drafting the ASEAN FDI Action Plan; and organization of the second AIF at ABIS in October 2024 Lao PDR. The ASEAN FDI Action Plan will be launched at the AIF in Lao PDR.
Against this background, the first ASEAN IPA workshop of 2024, “ESCAP-ASEAN Investment Promotion and Attraction Workshop” will be held in Bangkok at United Nations Conference Center (UNCC) on 20-21 March 2024 in Meeting room A.
The workshop will provide the foundations for the ASEAN FDI Action Plan and will include both a training component as well as a consultative component. The training component will focus on building capacity to promote FDI as a region using best practices examples from other regions. The consultative component will include 1-on-1 consultations with each IPA present to discuss their investment promotion and attraction capacity and priorities. These 1-on-1 consultations are critical to begin drafting the ASEAN FDI Action Plan, and the consultations will also be open for virtual participation from staff located in the capitals of each IPA.
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