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 all entities the primary function of which is “to promote any country, political sub-division of a country or other uncontested territory, as a destination for, or source of investments”.

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WAIPA is delighted to announce that the 24th WAIPA World Investment Conference, will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 7-8 October 2019. The conference will be proudly hosted by WAIPA Regional Directorship for the European Union the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH). We [...]

This session is targeted to senior executives and management of investment promotion agencies and will address a range of issues that are critical to the success of an IPA, including: Developing a comprehensive strategy to cover all aspects of investment attraction. Successful integration of [...]

WAIPA Executive Director Bostjan Skalar will participate as a speaker at the WTO Public Forum Workshop on "Strengthening support for trade through decent work". Export Processing Zones (EPZs) are a critical component of trade and comprise a large component of many national economic development [...]

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According to WAIPA Statutes, today on 6 September 2019, 30 days prior to General Assembly we announce the agenda of WAIPA General Assembly, that will take place on the first day of WAIPA World [...]

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According to the most recent UNCTAD’s World Investment Report issued in June of 2019, estimated global FDI flows were $1.3 trillion in 2018, which is 13% decline compared to the previous year. This is the third consecutive drop in FDI flows.

The decline is largely concentrated in the developed part of the world, where FDI inflows dropped by 27% . This is the lowest number since 2004. In the case of developing countries there is slight increase of 2% compared to the last year, while transition economies experienced drop of 28% in FDI inflows. The below interactive Figure 1 shows more detailed information regarding the global FDI trends in […]

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Message From CEO

I am honored to be serving as the CEO of WAIPA. I look forward to taking this opportunity to appreciate WAIPA’s accomplishments thus far, and also to share with you my vision for WAIPA’s future. WAIPA, as we refer to it, is a Global reference point for Foreign Direct Investment. We have over 130 members from 170 countries that form WAIPA’s progressive membership. These members then form part of our Steering Committee from 13 regions. WAIPA believes in a regional focus when it comes to putting in place best practices to attract foreign investment into regions.


Message From President

Dear WAIPA members and colleagues, we are sincerely delighted that each year our organization is becoming an increasingly important actor in the world of foreign direct investment and a true advocate for our member agencies. WAIPA in its central role is addressing its members’ agenda and helping valuable participatory mechanisms take root through effective linkages. These linkages include not only our Consultative Committee members UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO, ICC, OECD, IEDC, and the World Bank, but also numerous other valued partners. Looking back over the years at our members and partners, impressive number of achievements gives us hope for the even greater added value to come.