The FDI Excellence Series is a training program for investment promotion agencies from around the world. The program is designed for experienced investment promotion professionals and those that are new to the profession, no matter what type of agency they work for.

An overview of a previous FDI Excellence Series 

Past Training

Attracting Quality FDI

In many countries, foreign direct investment is key to economic recovery. Investment promotion agencies play an increasingly important role in the economic prosperity and development of their locations. An growing number of IPAs is focusing on attracting “quality” FDI that meets a range of objectives, including innovation, sustainability and stronger linkages with local businesses.

The “Attracting Quality FDI” course is part of the FDI Excellence training that WAIPA and FDI Center have been providing since 2018. Participants in the course will gain essential knowledge and skills for identifying and attracting high-value investment projects and maximizing the benefits of FDI for their economies. The training is highly practical and will cover proven techniques and best practices for attracting quality FDI.

Presenters will include senior representatives of some of the world’s best investment promotion agencies as well as leading FDI experts who will share their experience and methods with workshop participants.

The course is open to all investment promotion professionals, regardless of their level of seniority, geographic origin and the type of organization they represent. This includes national, regional or local IPAs, free zones and special economic zones, government ministries and chambers of commerce and other organizations involved in investment promotion and attraction.

Learning Objectives

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is “quality FDI”? How can an IPA define what type of FDI is best for its location?
  • How can IPAs identify companies that have the potential for making quality investments?
  • What criteria can be used to determine whether a potential project is “high-value”?
  • What types of support do IPAs need to provide to attract higher-quality FDI?
  • How does a location’s innovation ecosystem contribute to attracting quality FDI?
  • How can IPAs measure the impact of attracting FDI beyond employment and capital inflows?
  • What can IPAs do to increase the benefits of investors once they have settled in the location?

What participants are saying

The quality of the content and presenters made this an invaluable experience for me. Well done WAIPA!

Roderick Cherry, Invest Saint Lucia

Content of the course was very rich, useful and adapted to nowadays reality.

Liliana Santos, Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute

Very enjoyable training as it was comprehensive bringing both sides of the investment promotion, i.e. IPAs, academia, and corporations.

Jahongirbek Burhanov, Qatar Financial Center (QFC)

Found the course to be very informative, comprehensive and practical. Will be looking to implement these in our daily tasks.

Elia Baizura, Brunei Economic Development Board

Excellence source of information derived from the presentations and the speakers. What I liked the most is that we had the opportunity to have real life examples of companies such as Siemens.

Stephanie Paney, Invest Cyprus

An excellent training program where I learned a lot.

Rajesh S. Kadam, Invest in Sharjah

Very practical and to the point training. I recommend to all IPAs to attend, as learning here will transform your practice.

Mai Alterkait, Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)
These testimonials are for: Innovation in Investment Attraction, Istanbul-Turkey and Investment Attraction & Facilitation, Dubai-UAE

Registration Information

Fees per course per person: WAIPA members: USD 1700 / Non-members: USD 2500

Should more than one person per agency participate we can offer group pricings:

* Members: Fee per course for second participant: USD 1600, Fee per course for third or any additional participant: USD 1500
** Non-members: Fee per course for second participant: USD 2300, Fee per course for third or any additional participant: USD 2000

Participants must cover and arrange their travel between their home country and the course venue as well as lodging, this is not included in the tuition fee.  Furthermore, no emergency medical insurance is provided. Participants must ensure that they have a valid passport and appropriate visa for travel to the respective country.

The FDI Excellence Series trainings will be delivered by Andreas Dressler, who is one of the world’s leading advisors in the field of foreign direct investment, as well as other selected FDI practitioners and professionals.

Courses are open to all agencies from around the world, with a reduced registration fee for WAIPA members.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Training Registration and Cancellation Policy
1. If a registrant is unable to attend a training of the FDI Excellence Series for any reason they may substitute, by
arrangement with the registrar, someone else from the same institute/organization.
2. Should a confirmed registrant be unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another
person, then the following refund arrangements apply:
3. Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.
4. Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration
5. Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions About FDI Excellence Series

Can only WAIPA members participate in the FDI Excellence Series Trainings?
No, registration is open to everyone. However, WAIPA members receive a considerable discount on each training

What does the fee include?
First and foremost, the tuition fee. At physical trainings also lunches and coffee breaks are included in the price.

I need to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?
Yes, you can, the amount that will be refunded depends however on the day of cancellation.
* Cancellation requests must identify the registrant’s name, email address, and amount paid.

Download registration policies and FAQ PDF file from here