Welcome to WAIPA

We gather and connect worldwide investment promotion agencies (IPAs), to cooperate and share their experiences and expertise among each other. In 1995, WAIPA was founded by UNCTAD & 50 IPAs. Since then, WAIPA continues representing Members with dedication to assist and support them through wide range of activities and events. These are for human capacity buildingworld-class training, access to research and data, policies and strategies advice and more. We occasionally coordinate events with our elite partner organizations. Our members’ FDI development is the vision we look forward to.

The World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) was established in 1995, as an Association under Swiss law and has been registered in Geneva, as a non-governmental organization. Members can join us as 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”.

Our Partners 

WAIPA partners can be international organizations, multilateral agencies or other non-governmental organizations (with local or international focus), think tanks, consultancies and universities. Partnerships with WAIPA are established based on mutual needs, in terms of WAIPA events, WAIPA training activities and/or WAIPA’s technical assistance efforts. Technical assistance and training initiatives are generally conducted in coordination with, or with the support of, WAIPA partners.

WAIPA Consultative Committee Members

International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

International Labor Organization (ILO)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

World Bank Group (WBG)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

WAIPA Partner Organizations 

World Economic Forum

Islamic Development Bank

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)


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