The Annual Investment Meeting, AIM, will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 9th to 11th April 2018 with the participation of leaders, decision-makers and high-level local, regional and international government officials.
The annual forum is one of the leading regional events on foreign direct investments, FDI, and is organised by the UAE Ministry of Economy under the patronage of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is expected to attract more than 20,000 investors and visitors from various developed and emerging markets this year and will adopt the theme ‘Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.
AIM is a leading platform for strengthening the UAE’s role as a distinctive investment destination. In the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business for 2018 report, the UAE ranked 21 out of 190 countries in Ease of Doing Business, up by five levels from 26th position in 2017.
Cumulative FDI to the UAE increased to US$117.9 billion by the end of 2016 from around $109 billion by the end of 2015, at a growth rate of 8.2 percent. The rise was supported by higher investments in manufacturing and other heavy industries, according to recent reports.
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, said, “FDI is instrumental to achieving sustainable economic growth. We in the UAE are constantly adopting policies and structures that will ultimately provide us with a suitable environment for attracting FDI and retaining its positive impact to attain the desired results.”
Al Mansouri noted that it is important for countries to develop appropriate policies and frameworks for taking the best advantage of inward FDIs to support their development objectives.
According to the 2017 Global Investment Report published by the UN Council on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, the UAE was the eleventh largest FDI recipient in Asia. Its main investors are from the UK, the US and India. After having declined in 2009, FDI inflows recovered in 2016, when the UAE attracted around $8.9 billion to surpass the 2015 figure by around 2.2 percent primarily due to the political and economic stability of the country. FDI is mainly concentrated in the retail/wholesale trading, real estate, financial services, insurance, and manufacturing sectors.
He added, “The world today is highly interdependent, with any side affecting and affected by what is happening in any other part. We face common challenges which we can overcome through mutual efforts and synergy between governments and the private sector which will enable us to build a future that benefits all people worldwide, allowing them to enjoy a life of security, stability, and well-being.”
With its emphasis on linking developed and emerging markets under the theme ‘Partnerships for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development,’ the 8th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting will be dedicated to discovering how such partnerships between developed and emerging markets can be utilized to strengthen mutual objectives through responsible FDI and the cooperative creation of solutions for today’s problems. It will also explore how to ensure that future generations have the ability to live in a thriving and socially and economically responsible world abundant with resources and opportunities for all.
The 2018 edition will feature various industry projects and services catering to the investment growth of participating regions throughout its three-day run. It will focus on promoting FDIs and effective ways to attract investors to various economic sectors.