January 21, 2020 | Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, Davos, Switzerland

The Year Ahead: Spotlight on FDI

Each year countries compete for more than $1 trillion in FDI flows around the world. Multinational corporations must weigh up the shifting geopolitical landscape, the evolving risk-return profile of countries and the sustainable nature of their investments, while governments and international trade bodies lay down attractive foundations and incentives to compete for their investments. Join us as we hear from the key stakeholders involved in FDI outflows and inflows and identify the opportunities and trends for the year ahead.


January 21 - Tuesday

7:30 am

Registration & Networking

8:15 am

Opening Remarks


8:20 am

Smart and Sustainable Economies: Seizing the FDI Opportunities

Despite the regional idiosyncratic hurdles that accompany FDI, multinational corporations and investors ultimately face common global challenges. How, for example, are they weighing up the risk-return profile of international investments? To what extent are they taking into account sustainable development goals in their approach to FDI and will this ensure that local communities and the environment benefit from the capital inflow? Our multi-stakeholder panel will address these pressing questions and identify the trends that are shaping FDI decisions moving forward.



9:00 am

Closing Remarks


Claudio Facchin

President ABB Power Grids

Stephanie Flanders

Senior Executive Editor for Economics Bloomberg

Lex Greensill

Co-Founder and CEO Greensill

Yousuf Al-Jaida

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member Qatar Financial Centre

Dev Sanyal

Chief Executive, Alternative Energy and Executive Vice President, Regions BP plc


The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), a leading onshore business and financial centre, endeavours to promote Qatar as one of the world’s most dynamic economies and as an attractive business and investment destination.

Over 700 international firms are registered on the QFC platform and enjoy competitive benefits, such as working within a legal environment based on English common law, the right to trade in any currency, up to 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of profits, 10% corporate tax on locally sourced profits, and an extensive double tax treaty agreement network with 81 countries.

According to the 2018 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, Qatar ranks 30th globally, and second in the Middle East for global competitiveness – for the second consecutive year. Qatar also ranks 1st regionally in the Global Entrepreneurship Index and its economy was ranked 10th most competitive out of 63 high-income countries in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019. It has also been named one of the top 10 most important financial markets.

The QFC aims to attract leading firms across a variety of sectors including financial services, sports and digital and through the QFC’s business platform, international firms have entry into a market that is continuously growing supported by a robust incentives programme.