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境外投资 INVEST IN MENA FORUM
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EVENT BACKGROUND

The year of 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s “open door” policy that set in motion the economic transformation and globalization strategy of the past years.

In 2014, China became the world’s second largest foreign direct investment source and the world’s largest economy on a purchasing power parity basis. The country is now the world’s largest manufacturer, exporter and holder of foreign exchange reserves.

These factors made way for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (一带一路), a trillion-dollars megaproject affecting 65 countries, 31% of the global GDP, and 62% of the world’s population, aiming at connecting Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa through trade, investment and infrastructure.

Sources: World Bank Group, South China Morning Post

ABOUT THE FORUM

境外投资 INVEST IN is inviting foreign governments, investment promotion agencies and free zone authorities to take part in the 境外投 INVEST IN MENA Forum on September 18th & 19th in Shanghai, attended by senior executives in charge of outbound investment decisions from over 150 China’s most active state-owned enterprises and private companies investing in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The conference provides a premium platform for business development, information exchange and a much-needed resource for Chinese business leaders looking to expand their operations in the MENA region. The format of the conference will highlight the current challenges and opportunities in the two main regions: Middle Eastern countries and North African countries.

WHY ATTEND

  • In 2016, Chinese companies became the largest investors in the Middle East with investments worth USD 29.5 billion representing 31.9% of all FDIs in the region. (Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation)
  • In 2018, China pledged to provide at least USD 20 billion in loans to 10 members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from the MENA region. (Reuters)
  • By 2020, China is expected to be the most important economic partner of the GCC members. (Economist Intelligence Unit)
  • The Ministry of Commerce published new guidelines and regulations to encourage overseas investments within the scope of the One Belt One Road/Belt and Road Initiative (People’s Republic of China State Council), of which all the MENA countries are part of.
  • Over the next 10 years, China strives to increase bilateral trade volume with Arab states from USD 240 billion to USD 600 billion, as well as increasing non-financial investment stock with the region from USD 10 billion to over USD 60 billion. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China)
  • Chinese capital flowing into Belt and Road Initiative projects surged 30% on the year to a record USD 20.1 billion in 2017. (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • At the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, Xi Jinping mentioned his government will encourage Chinese companies to invest at least USD 10 billion in Africa over the next three years. (Xinhua News Agency)
FORUM AGENDA

MORNING

  • Main Session By Title Sponsor9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Networking Coffee Break10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Main Session By Title Sponsor11:15 AM - 12:40 PM
  • Networking Luncheon

    12:40 PM -2:00 PM



    AFTERNOON

  • Middle East Session
    By Lead Sponsor

    North Africa
    Match-Making Session
    2:00 PM - 2:55 PM
  • Networking Coffee Break2:55 PM - 3:25 PM
  • Middle East Match
    Making Session

    North Africa
    Session By Lead Sponsor
    3:25 PM - 4:50 PM
  • Closing Remark4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

MORNING

  • Main Session By Title Sponsor9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Networking Coffee Break10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Main Session By Title Sponsor11:15 AM - 12:40 PM
  • Networking Luncheon

    12:40 PM -2:00 PM



    AFTERNOON

  • Middle East
    Match-Making Session

    North Africa
    Session By Lead Sponsor
    2:00 PM - 2:55 PM
  • Networking Coffee Break2:55 PM - 3:25 PM
  • Middle East Session
    By Lead Sponsor

    North Africa
    Match-Making Session
    3:25 PM - 4:50 PM
  • Closing Remark4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Our Speakers

OUR SPEAKERS

To Be Announced Soon

OUR SPEAKERS

To  Be Announced Soon

OUR SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

VIP Dinner

SAMPLE OF MENA CLIENTS

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (Jordan)

Qatar Financial Centre Authority (Qatar)

Khalifa Industrial Zone/Abu Dhabi Ports (UAE)

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (UAE)

Port of Duqm (Oman)

SOHAR Port and Freezone (Oman)

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (UAE)

Djibouti Free Zone (Djibouti)

Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (UAE)

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UAE)

  • Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO

    SOHAR Port and Freezone

    I do like the Summit a lot until now we have seen a lot of potential investors, I think we have created quite a lot of good contacts. [...] So I think overall it's worthwhile. We’ve been here for three years now and I think we certainly hope to be back next year [...]

  • Lames Thabet, Vice President of Business Development

    Qatar Financial Centre Authority

    We have met with a lot of Chinese investors who would like to expand their business in Qatar [...]

  • Mohamed Juma Al Musharrkh, CEO

    Invest in Sharjah

    We always get good leads from this participation. [...] I think that this is one of the best Chinese events.

  • Daniel Sellers, Head of China International Office

    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    The guests to the Summit were mostly high-end investors. They have an intention to go global and make big moves on overseas markets.

  • Krysta Fox, Executive Director

    Free Zone, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)

    Certainly our team had the opportunity to meet some really great business people who are very interested in Dubai; second reason we’re here is to meet businesses that are seeking outward investment and so far it’s been very promising.

  • Ramy Jallad, Group CEO

    Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ)

    This is an excellent platform to listen to what’s happening in China with all the different initiatives, especially for encouraging export of Chinese products which means networking with investors that want to reach globally, it's a great place to be, we’ve met people from all different kinds of industry, people that are interested to see where they can be located in different parts of the world. [...] I thinks it’s a great platform to start your entry into China or to network with people of like-minded business and strategic objectives.

  • Hilal Al Balushi, Business Development Manager

    Port of Duqm Company

    This Summit is very crucial and very essential for every country to come and participate. There are a lot of opportunities that you can see in terms of logistics, the industrial and trading, these are super focused as I see.

  • Peter S. Marji, Deputy Director for Investment Promotion

    Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

    We saw the importance through the audience, through the coverage and through the people that we could outreach at this event.

  • Yusuf Mansur, Deputy Chief Commissioner

    Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

    This is beyond very useful and precise, we are benefiting from the presentations and discussions by panelists [...], we have also been able to benefit from networking with other colleagues, counterparts in the various areas, and mostly from meeting with Chinese investors and Chinese officials who want to facilitate investments [...].

  • Dawit W. Michael Gebre-Ab, Senior Director

    Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA)

    The conference today has been absolutely fantastic so far, [...] we believe an event of this nature is exactly what’s required to create awareness among the Chinese business community [...] We’ve had a number of Chinese companies that visited our stand today.

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