3rd AIM Conference Underway In Dubai

The Third edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) Conference, which seeks to provide the audience through a series of keynote speeches and case studies, a realistic insight on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and an in-depth review of investment opportunities arising from economically resilient markets, has opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). AIM is the world’s first Emerging Markets FDI-focused event to offer a blend of trade fair and intellectual features aimed at enriching institutional, corporate and individual investors attending with a comprehensive set of guidelines for their future investment decisions in high growth regions. This year’s forum themed; “A Future International Economic Landscape In The Making, Implications on FDI and The Economic Growth Prospects Of Frontier & Emerging Markets”, will provide a strategic platform that delivers ready-to-invest cases and how-to-invest methodologies. Running from April 30 to May 2, it will provide attendees and participants with an exceptional networking platform and the opportunity to forge and consolidate valuable personal and business contacts, and also enhance investment flows towards Africa in sectors like infrastructure, energy, agriculture, mining, tourism and many others given the attractive Return on Investment levels in Africa compared to other continents. The 3day conference is being organized by the Ministry of Trade, United Arab Emirates, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In a Ministerial Panel Discussion on the main theme of the Conference, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Carlos Lopes, who made a strong case for investing in Africa, deployed the tendency of casting the continent as riddled with corruption. “...we still have this problem of perceiving that corruption is endemic in Africa; it is not. It exists in Africa surely, but what about corruption in Asia? It’s a pretty well-known established fact…what about trying to understand other very complex issues about the potential of Africa…and then you will see that the future is really with Africa,” he said.