The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) was created in 1995. It was established as an Association under Swiss law. It has been registered in Geneva, as a non-governmental organization. From its very inception, WAIPA has represented an ever growing number of Member agencies. Through its wide range of activities, WAIPA provides the opportunity for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to network and exchange best practices in investment promotion. WAIPA has always dedicated, and continues to dedicate, time and effort towards building the human resources capacity of its Member agencies. Membership is open to any agency, government body or entity whose prime function is “to promote any country, political sub-division of a country or other uncontested territory, as a destination for, or as source of investments”.

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Deepak BaglaPresident

As the world emerges from the pandemic, collaboration and innovation takes the centre stage to the path of economic recovery. The critical role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in aiding economic recovery is well acknowledged.

Our vision is to make WAIPA a central platform for its members to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to make them future ready.

WAIPA is well positioned to meet the aspirations of its member countries and their citizens by – creating a collaborative environment to share knowledge and best practices, fostering trust to promote innovation and nurturing partnerships to explore new horizons towards a collective sustainable, and equitable future!


On behalf of the WAIPA Steering Committee and the Permanent Secretariat, I wish each of our members, our partners and our consultative committee members, and their families across the globe, a merry Christmas!

As we conclude another eventful year in our human history, the world is now moving towards a safer and healthier space. This is made possible only because of the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders including the governments and the citizens and with right interventions like vaccinations and economic interventions.

At WAIPA, we look forward to a great New Year where we play a more defining role in bringing our community together to work towards to achieve equitable, sustainable growth for all. We look forward to making WAIPA a great platform to reckon, to partner, to collaborate, to share and to celebrate success.

Once again, a merry Christmas and a safe, happy holidays!


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1001, 2022

2022 Yearly Calendar of Events

It is our great pleasure to announce and kindly invite you to take a look at the agenda of the activities that are going to be held this year in the investment promotion field. [...]

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