The UAE’s excellent handling of the pandemic and the implementation of key trade accelerators are seen by economic experts as strategic factors for the continued growth of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country.
Seeking to generate more interest in investment not only in the UAE but also around the world, the 2022 edition of the Annual Meeting on Investment (AIM), which will be held from March 29 to 31, 2022 at Dubai Exhibition Center at Expo 2020 Dubai, affirms its role as a key global player in the process of conquering international economic growth.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Annual Investment Meeting is an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy designed to provide a framework exchange on the key principles that underpin international investment to achieve smart and inclusive global growth.
AIM’s theme for this year is “Investments in Sustainable Innovation for a Prosperous Future”.
The exciting three-day event is filled with workshops, conferences and networking events focused on strengthening and improving sustainable investments through six defined pillars – FDI, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), portfolio investments (REITs), startups, Future Cities and the Projects of 50, which are a series of development and economic initiatives designed to accelerate the country’s development and consolidate its position as a preferred destination for talent and investors.
The mentioned pillars are expected to help achieve a six-pronged objective – enabling entry of key business opportunities from different parts of the globe; empower SMEs and give due recognition to their contributions to the global economy; encourage investors to diversify their portfolio, establish new contacts and better understand local investment flows; helping investors acquire venture capital and seed funding; encourage governments and investors to rally support for innovation-based smart city solutions and provide more support and assistance to the 50 Projects initiative.
These six pillars should provide strengths for participants, making participation a must for stakeholders in the global investment landscape.
Under the pillar of attracting more FDI to the country, the activities being prepared aim to enable the entry of more business opportunities from various parts of the world.
The show will also feature an Investors’ Hub initiative where representatives from leading investment houses, investment firms, development banks, sovereign wealth funds and portfolio investors can interact with official government envoys to forge investment partnerships and global collaborations.
Other related activities under this pillar include B2B, G2B and G2G meetings, a special gala dinner, a high-level networking lunch and an Investment Awards initiative which will reward the best FDI projects in each region of the world.
Meanwhile, for the pillar aimed at discovering new sources of SMEs, the activities that will be offered at AIM 2022 aim to empower SMEs and give due recognition to their contributions to the global economy. One of the highlights of this pillar is the deployment of an initiative called “Made in Series”, which will give SMEs the opportunity to present their products and services on an international platform.
The third pillar, which aims to improve foreign portfolio investment, will encourage investors to diversify their portfolio, establish new contacts and better understand local investment flows. In line with the fourth pillar, support for the first stages of a start-up will be accentuated by activities aimed at supporting investors in the acquisition of venture capital and seed funding.
These initiatives include a National Winners Competition, a special Startup Prize that will recognize startups for their innovative business models and brilliant application of technology to their business, and a Startup Global Technopreneurs feature. Additional activities include networking meetings and B2B, G2G and G2B meetings.
The fifth pillar, centered on helping the global arena in creating smart cities of the future, will feature activities that encourage governments and investors to rally support for innovation-based smart city solutions. These initiatives include an exhibition, workshops, key meetings and the roll-out of Future Cities Awards.
Finally, the sixth pillar, which seeks to mobilize key support for the UAE 50 Projects initiative, will include a series of workshops and networking-focused activities.