World Investment Report 2012 Launch

Harare – On Friday 6 July, UNIC, UNDP and the Zimbabwe Investment Authority came together to launch the World Investment Report 2012. The Launch was held at the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The theme of this year’s report was “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies“. James Wakiaga, UNDP Economics Advisor gave welcoming remarks.  This was followed by a presentation on the topic “Towards a New Generation of Investment Policies”: Perspective on Zimbabwe by Dr Samuel Undenge, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion. Mr. Richard Mbaiwa, Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA) then gave a presentation of the World Investment Report and officially launched it. The above presentations were followed by a Question and Answer Session.

The event was attended by 33 people who included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion. Diplomatic missions, including Kenya and Palestine were also represented as were banks, the European Union delegation, Zimbabwe Investment authority, UNDP, UNIC and UNIDO and the media.

The World Investment Report is produced annually by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Regional and national launches of the publication are organized across the globe by UNICs to alert the media and the world at large to prevailing investment trends. In Zimbabwe, the publication is launched by the Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA).