2018 World Forum for FDI

Date: 11 - 13 Jun 2018
Location: Liverpool, UK

The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment is the world’s oldest and foremost global event dedicated to cross-border investment.

Held annually in a different country each year, the World Forum brings together corporate and government leaders to discuss the future of the global economy, and what leaders from across the world must do to sustain economic growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life for their citizens.

The World Forum serves as a key connector, bringing together corporate decision-makers from globally expanding firms with leaders of investment promotion agencies, service providers and intermediaries.

Top reasons to attend the World Forum for FDI 2018

Hear from the Experts: Learn from panels of thought leaders from leading companies about current economic trends, future drivers that are powering tomorrow’s economies, why protecting intellectual property has never been more important and why artificial intelligence will continue to soar. Additionally, explore the modern workforce and how to retain top talent with continuously shifting expectations. Hear from economists, futurists and site selection experts discussing how global issues are impacting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Lastly, have the opportunity to speak with top executives who are experiencing similar challenges and how they overcame them to experience significant wins.

Be Inspired: Be among the select few to have an opportunity to hear from these industry luminaries sharing their knowledge, experiences and tips – designed just for you.

Expand Your Network: With more than 300 attendees, and multiple networking receptions, this conference is a networking jackpot. You are an integral part of the very important dialogue that will help propel FDI through the coming decades. This is the can’t-miss economic forum for anyone with an interest in this region’s, or this country’s, economic future.

Improve Your Skills: One of the goals of The World Forum for FDI is to provide you with tools, information and resources that you can immediately put into use. You can quickly enhance your expertise and knowledge, and apply what you learned immediately to your organization.

Experience: Named as one of the Rough Guide’s top three global cities to visits, and as the friendliest place in the UK by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Liverpool is a world-class visitor destination. For a compact city, Liverpool is filled with enough culture, excitement and attractions to make you want to come back for more. The waterfront boasts a fascinating mix of the historic and modern, while the city itself features everything from historic quarters to modern shopping and entertainment areas. With plenty of open space, landscaped areas and pedestrianized boulevards, you will find Liverpool a wonderful place to visit and find pleasant surprises around many corners. 


Monday 11th June Preconference Day

9:00am - 2:30pm FDI Training Seminar

6:30pm – 8:30pm Welcome Reception

Tuesday 12th June Conference Day One

8:00am - 8:45am Registration

8:00am - 8:45am Sponsored Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00am - 10:15am Panel I – The Next 25 Years: Technology, Water & Climate Change

10:15am - 10:30am Country Profile

10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break

11:00am - 12:00pm Panel II – The Investor Perspective: Where is Investment Going & Why?

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel III – Workforce Development & Talent Acquisition

2:00pm - 3:00pm Panel IV – Cybersecurity: Opportunities & Obstacles

3:00pm - 3:30pm Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm Panel V – Rise of the Robots 

4:30pm - 5:30pm International Business Festival Keynote & Cocktails

6:30pm – 9:00pm Own the Night Networking Reception 

Wednesday 13th June Conference Day Two

8:00am - 9:00am Registration

8:00am - 8:45am Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am Welcome Back

9:00am - 10:15am Panel VI – The New Global Disorder: Brexit, Trump, China & Global Risk

10:15am - 10:45am Networking Break

10:45am - 11:00am IPA Awards Ceremony

11:00am - 12:00pm Industry Snapshot – Energy & Renewables

12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm - 2:15pm Panel VII – Startups & Innovation; Building the Next Silicon Valley

2:15pm - 2:45pm Networking Break

2:45pm - 4:00pm Panel VIII – Emerging Markets & Sustainable Development

4:00pm 2019 Host Location Presentation & Conference Conclusion

4:30pm - 5:30pm International Business Festival Keynote & Cocktails

6:30pm – 9:00pm Own the Night Networking Reception 

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