The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has stated that the 2022 Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) will spur growth in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) worldwide. AIM’s 2022 edition is slated for March 29th -31st. It is themed: “Investments in Sustainable Innovation for a Thriving Future”. It will focus mainly on endorsing and boosting investments towards sustainability and innovation through key activities under the FDI Pillar.
The AIM 2022’s FDI Pillar aims at exploring pivotal themes, such as mainstreaming ESG investments, GVCs Optimisation, IPAs as a favourable business environment, importance of SEZs, amongst other relevant issues.
Ahead of the 2022 AIM, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said: “Currently, the UAE is ranked 11th in the world for Ease of Doing Business and first in the region. Together, we will make the UAE the best investment destination in the world.”
In a press statement, Al Zeyoudi added that “With the world’s greatest show, Expo 2020 Dubai, we are now looking forward to collaborating with other organizations and partnering with the best ideas in the world to shape the future. To achieve our goal of attracting foreign direct investment, we oﬀer a number of incentives to investors, such as zero personal income tax, 100% foreign ownership, and a 10-year golden visa. Currently, the UAE is
ranked 11th in the world for Ease of Doing Business and ﬁrst in the region. Together, we will make the UAE the best investment destination in the world”.
The Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) is the world’s leading platform for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), aimed at facilitating strategic networking and promoting investments. It is the largest gathering of the international investment community, policy makers, business leaders, regional and international investors, entrepreneurs, leading academics and experts showcasing up-to-date information and strategies on attracting FDI.
It convenes key decision-makers from around the world, bringing together businesses and countries willing to engage in sustainable partnerships with investors. It oﬀers a variety of features aimed at facilitating strategic networking and promoting investments while providing a worthwhile learning experience.
Dawood Al Shezawi, President of the AIM’s Organising Committee, stated that:
“Since the global pandemic, the Annual Investment Meeting has undertaken several innovative and technologically driven initiatives to transform the economy towards an upward direction. The platform has continued to drive investments through smart solutions. It has also pushed for the development of several projects that add value to investors and the economy in general. AIM recognises the UAE’s continued success and will serve as in instrument to further establish future economic developments and boost FDI ﬂows worldwide.”
The Annual Investment Meeting continues to gain support from several Ministries and Government Departments, Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Smart City Solution Providers, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors and several ﬁnancial institutions to provide SMEs and start-ups with an abundance of opportunities. Apart from AIM’s FDI Pillar, the Annual Investment Meeting consists of ﬁve more pillars: i) the 50 Initiatives Pillar; ii) The Small Medium Enterprises (SME’s) Pillar; iii) The Future Cities Pillar; iv) The Start-ups Pillar; and v) the FPI Pillar.
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