FDI Theatre 14

Below is the Foreign Direct Investment Expo May 2017 timetable. November 2017 timetable will be updated closer to the event...

Wednesday 17th May

Thursday 18th May


11.00 - 11.30

Fernando Ballesta & Donald Gartland

Set up outside capital markets and get the most out of your money

We all know about large and well-known destinations, but sometimes the best opportunities, hence the bigger value for your investment, lie outside capital markets. In this 30 minute seminar the speakers will walk you through the best opportunities available in Spain and will prove to be valuable for your time investment at the show.


11.45 - 12.15

Romain Rousseau & Roger Haigh

Dordogne Perigord – within Nouvelle Aquitaine Region – An innovative business environment

Dordogne Perigord recognized worldwide for its heritage, gastronomy and comfortable living style, makes for an attractive business friendly territory. A network of prosperous and innovative companies, in various sectors, benefit from a flexible estate access, attractive taxation and a skilled and loyal workforce. Within the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, Dordogne / Perigord offers the only “one-stop shop” principal in order to welcome and facilitate the implementation of your project.


12.30 - 13.00

Nadia Chibouti

A winning location between Paris, Loire and Ocean

You may know the Ocean & Loire region in Western France for its beaches, wines & castles: but do you know why GKN Driveline has chosen Western France to implement there its European flagship & most modern manufacturing unit of the group?? Beyond its undeniable quality of living, Ocean & Loire region still ranks in the Top 3 industrial regions of France thanks to its economic & demographic dynamism; Come to discover one of the most dynamic ecosystem of France.


13.15 - 13.45

Michel Oliver & Roger Haigh

The requirement for collaborative agreements in specific sectors of activity enabling diversification and economic growth

Although Dordogne Perigord has long been recognized worldwide for its heritage, gastronomy and comfortable living style, the need to increase economic growth has become paramount. Growing the existing sectors, including tourism, food&drink, and luxury goods, has provided a private/public infrastructure whose aim is to develop collaborative agreements with other regions of target countries. By developing a network with partners in other areas of the world, new innovative sectors have been attracted and assisted in setting up their businesses to the mutual advantage of all parties.


14.00 - 14.30

Elian Carsenat

Investment promotion at the digital age

How to engage a diaspora ambassadors network at the digital age? Ireland has successfully harnessed the goodwill of the Irish diaspora to assist in identifying FDI investment opportunities. FDI has been identified as a key driver of Ireland’s return to economic prosperity. Can it work for any other country, region or city? How can Investment Promotion Agencies and Trade Organisations better engage diaspora or expatriate networks for economic development, to attract: - foreign direct investors, - start-ups, venture capital, business angels, - top international talents and what are the main challenges of diaspora engagement? We now live in a networked world where diasporas and expatriate networks are digitally connected: here (where they live, where they work now) and there (where they were born, where they studied, where they used to work). This network represents a huge potential to promote your location.


14.45 - 15.15

Annette Klerks

Düsseldorf – Your base in Europe

The City of Düsseldorf is one of the most successful business locations in Germany and Europe. Düsseldorf’s economy is very international and strong in ICT, wholesale and retail, industrial production, marketing and creative industries. Companies choose Düsseldorf because of the outstanding B2B potential, the international airport, efficient infrastructure, high quality of life and attractive location costs. The Office of Economic Development is a one-stop agency supporting companies with tailored services: i.e. assisting investors with administrative procedures and permits, relocation of expats and finding office space. In our presentation, we will focus on the potential of the business region of Düsseldorf, explain its advantages to British companies and outline the support available to companies.


15.30 - 16.00

Paola Leites de Moraes

Uruguay: the finest gateway to Latin America

Present the opportunities that Uruguay brings to UK’s companies to enhance efficient and profitable growth in Latin America. Located between Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay is the safest country for business in one of the most economically attractive regions in the world. Political and economic stability, easy access to Latin America, world class facilities, competitive costs, tax exemptions, qualified and multilingual professionals and high quality of life are some of the benefits for which global companies increasingly decide to set up operations in Uruguay. KATOEN NATIE, BASF, TRAFIGURA, SONY, UPM, FINNING CAT, PEPSICO, ENEL, ROCHE, SKF, DANONE, RENAULT, among others have already chosen the country in order to conduct their business, production processes or product distribution.


16.15 - 16.45

David East

M&A and greenfield investment - are historically tracked independently. But what if you could interpret them together?

David East will explore a new view on these investment approaches
Corporates — what market entry strategies are your competitors really employing?

Government — can a different view help you attract investment more efficiently?

Policy makers — how a better understanding can help you create a more conducive environment for investment.