Francophone LDCs IPA Roundtable – “What are the recent (“post-covid”) investment trends? What impact for IPA in their long-term strategy?” – in collaboration with EIF and IsDB

The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) have recently decided to join e‑orts to launch a new program to enhance investment promotion capacities and capabilities of francophone least developed countries (LDCs). OCO Global has been commissioned to deliver this program.

Core objective of the program is improving the capacities and skills of selected participating organizations including Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs), National Implementation Units (NIUs), and other government ocials in francophone LDCs. The program will focus on what IPAs can improve to aract and facilitate sustainable investments as well as improve the business climate and leverage additional resource to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) targets. It will also encourage and facilitate dialogue and cooperation with the relevant ministries and other local stakeholders as well as with relevant international organizations for investment promotion in the francophone countries and regions. As such next to the workshops also roundtable discussions will be held during the duration of the project. The first of which under the theme of “What are the recent (“post-covid”) investment trends? What impact for IPA in their long-term strategy?” is scheduled to be at the 26th WAIPA World Investment Conference. While targeted to francophone LDCs it is open to all LDCs and other interested investment promotion ocials. The roundtable will be held in French and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.


Introductory to Executive IPA college – in collaboration with UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO and UN-OHRLLS

The Executive IPA college is part of the regional project “Capacity Development Programme for Investment Promotion Agencies of Least Developed Countries”. It is the first multi-agency initiative to support IPAs from LDCs. The programme is developed and implemented by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its International Training Centre (ITCILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Oce of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) provided the funding for the project. The main objective of the programme is to actively assist IPAs from LDCs by providing tailored capacity building activities, taking into account the diverse needs of the various LDCs with respect to FDI araction and facilitation as a result of the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 crisis and their renewed focus on sustainability. The 26th WAIPA World Investment Conference is an ample opportunity for the implementing agencies to discuss the program and address questions from the participants present.