During the last few days I have had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Annual Investment Meeting (http://www.aimcongress.com) in Dubai UAE which brings together Trade Ministers and Business Leaders from around the globe to essentially showcase investment opportunities primarily in developing markets and marry those projects with capital. The conference consists of a series of informative plenary sessions held under the patronage of the
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as informational workshops organized by the country delegations focused on specific projects as well as an exhibition center where companies and countries have the opportunity to display specific investment opportunities. The discussions in the plenaries have been enormously interesting and I think one of the take aways for me has been the focus on the need for more concrete linkages between FDI and sustainability. Indeed the effort should be to make tangible investments that contribute to the local economy, generate employment and make a profit. By constructing consumer markets where the opportunities exist it will inevitably transform countries that are now considered developing into fully developed economies. Obviously there has been a significant participation by a number of the BRICS countries here at the Meeting. I have been fortunate the be accompanying the Brazilian Delegation which has garnered a significant amount of interest at the meeting with a focus on signature projects such as the high speed rail network that is planned to operate between Campinas, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as well as the major investments being made in the Airports, Seaports as well as signature construction for the World Cup and the Olympics. The most significant outcome of this event is likely to be the amount of capital that is tied to these types of projects across the world right now here in Dubai and in the coming months.