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7th World Investment Forum
October 18, 2021 - October 22, 2021
The 7th World Investment Forum will be held virtually from 18th to 22nd October 2021. The 7th Forum was originally planned to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will be held virtually.
The Forum is a biennial multi-stakeholder gathering at the level of Heads of States and Governments, CEOs, ministers and heads of international organizations, designed to facilitate dialogue and action on the world’s current and emerging investment-development challenges. It is recognized by governments and business leaders as the pre-eminent global gathering for investment partnership and policymaking, providing a platform for interaction among the key stakeholders including policymakers and parliamentarians, CEOs of global companies, family businesses, heads of investment promotion agencies, investment treaty negotiators, impact investors and foundations, stock exchange executives, pension and sovereign wealth fund managers, international standard setters, entrepreneurs, academia and representatives of civil society. Previous editions of the World Investment Forum were held in Accra (2008), Xiamen (2010), Doha (2012), Geneva (2014), Nairobi (2016), and Geneva (2018). The 2018 Forum gathered over 6 600 investment-development stakeholders from some 160 countries.
The 7th World Investment Forum will focus on “Investing in sustainable recovery”, addressing today’s key challenge facing the global investment-development community. Building forward better will not be possible without reigniting investment, both domestic and international, as an engine of growth. The Forum will specifically tackle the challenges and opportunities arising from the new industrial revolution, the sustainability imperative, the realignment of economic governance, and the efforts for greater economic resilience.
The 7th Forum will feature about 100 high-profile events and networking opportunities, including the World Leaders Investment Summits, Ministerial Round Tables, the Investment Promotion Conference, the International Investment Agreements Conference, the Global Sustainable Stock Exchanges dialogue, the Institutional Investors for Sustainable Development Round Table, the Family Business and Sustainable Development Conference, minister–business executive dialogues, multi-stakeholder sessions on special themes, and prestigious UN award ceremonies, as well as the launching of global initiatives for investment in development.