World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017 will be held from 31st October to 2nd November 2017 under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa
Bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The main organizers of the event are The United Nations Industrial Development Organization Investment & Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO ITPO) and the Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship and Investment.

Established in 1996, UNIDO ITPO aims to enhance the industrial partnership between the Kingdom and other nations in the private as well as public sectors.  Through the UNIDO ITPO network of 8 countries (Kingdom of Bahrain, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Nigeria, and Russian Federation); ITPO Bahrain provides a wide spectrum of services offered to investors  and entrepreneurs ranging from business counselling to the setting up of joint ventures and assist in forging new alliances in international industrial investment and technology transfer. The promotion of foreign direct investments and its positive correlation of domestic investment has led ITPO Bahrain to establish AICEI.

The first WEIF was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the prime Minister of Bahrain under the theme “Entrepreneurship and investment for inclusive and sustainable Industrial development” at Manama in 2015. The commendable participation of 800 officials, experts and entrepreneurs from 80 countries has led to the “Manama Declaration 2015 on Entrepreneurship and Development” which was circulated in six languages as document of the United Nations General Assembly, in its 69th session under agenda item 19 A/69/748.

After the success of WEIF 2015, WEIF 2017 is set to become the only United Nations Global event covering entrepreneurship for development, demonstrating the leading role of Bahrain as a major knowledge hub for entrepreneurship and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) development through its strategic partnership with UNIDO.M

WEIF 2017 is expected to attract around 1,00 entrepreneurs and representative of MSME and institutions from around the world, in addition to dignitaries and officials from the Islamic Development Bank, the African Development Bank Group, Arab Bank for Economic development in Africa, among many other global participants.

The Forum aims to provide a
platform for Entrepreneurs to Entrepreneurs bilateral meetings and matching with the aim of developing joint investments, collaboration and
trade facilitation. WEIF 2017 main objective is to introduce international best practices and successes on entrepreneurship and innovation. The Forum also aims to develop a strategy and supporting policies to enhance and increase the role of women entrepreneurs in industry.

Forum Theme

WEIF 2017 works with the theme of “Achieving the SDGs through Entrepreneurship & Innovation.”  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as global goals are a Universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Among the 17 goals of SDGs new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice are considered among priorities. Since the goals are interconnected, the fulfilment of one goal will ensure the success of the other.

WEIF 2017 also work with an aim to revitalize the economic ties of the countries of the East and West of the traditional Maritime-Continental Silk Road. The Forum will also present the concept of “Global Impact Investing “and its role in realizing the United Nations SDGs,  thereby alleviating the tremendous cost of solving the world’s  most critical problems, including an estimated $2.5 trillion annual funding gap needed to achieve the SDGs in developing countries alone. The Forum will stress the importance in private capital through financial institutions, private investors and entrepreneurs towards filling this gap and address the pressing global challenges.

The challenges, threats, and opportunities faced by the women during their endeavours will be addressed at the Forum. It will focus on the role of the female entrepreneurs, partnerships for development and the implications for achieving the 2030 agenda.

Who Should Attend?

  • Entrepreneurs from across the Globe.
  • Major development Organizations and Funds
  • Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
  • Economic Associations and Entrepreneurship networking organizations.
  • Specialized entrepreneurship and MSME Agencies.
  • Universities, Colleges and academicians from the global realm.
  • Major financial institutions and investors.
  • Technology Providers.
  • Industry leaders in all sectors.

Forum Location and Contact

Location: Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

A nation made up of 33 islands, Bahrain lies in the heart of the Arabian Gulf with strategic access to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and every market in the Middle East. A thriving multi-cultural hub with a diverse and open society, Bahrain also has a rich history of investment and commercial trade that spans over 4,000 years and evidences prominence as a financial hub with over 400 financial institutions. Bahrain’s central Gulf location and superb links to the rest of the Middle East place your company at the heart of the action, with rapid access by road, sea, and air.

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