Foreign direct investment in Southeast Asia: - Regional Office China

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Foreign direct investment in Southeast Asia: - Regional Office China

The extent of FDI effects and their correlation with industrial performance at various sectorallevels are the subject of continuing policy analysis and empirical research. The interactionsbetween economic agents, markets and institutions can benefit from the dynamics ofinternational investment, technology and trade flows; and global production networks cancontribute to strengthening domestic capabilities. However, the articulation of the variouslinkages remains a serious policy task.The EGM is organised by UNIDO in co-operation with the Thailand Board of Investment, andthis three-day meeting will provide a much welcome opportunity for policy makers andmanagers, institutional managers and Investment Promotion Agency directors from across theregion to discuss the trends, patterns and emerging issues in FDI in the context of globaleconomic dynamics, the region’s economic trajectory and national strategies for attracting,retaining and leveraging the positive externalities of FDI in industrialisation.The EGM is intended to enable your responsibilities as high-level officials, and assist you toexamine -- with the valuable inputs of the UNIDO Experts and leading thinkers, andCommentators on FDI -- the key issues that determine the dynamics in FDI, the role ofmultinational enterprises in the economy, and the investment and industrial implications for yourrespective countries. The agenda is intended to bring to the fore areas of concern; namely, thechallenge of globalisation; intra-regional FDI, trade and investment; boundaries, hierarchies,markets and FDI, the China dimension to FDI, the role of capital markets and FDI in SoutheastAsia. The work of the EGM is also intended to provide a useful opportunity for you to shareknowledge, to extend your network of expertise, to improve the possibilities of collaboration and-- bearing in mind, the on-going developments in regional integration and trade arrangements --to seek innovative ways to enhance international co-operation in the area of FDI.The presentations from the Experts, leading researchers and practitioners, and thecommentaries, will delineate the evolving characteristics and the convergent factors and variablesof FDI and the role of investment in economic development and industrialisation. The plenarydiscussions will, I am sure, elicit a valuable exchange of experience.The global forum activities of UNIDO, such as this Meeting, are a vital public good. Thedissemination of the results of this EGM, in the form of a Report, will assist other policy-makers61

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