The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment Announces Location for 2015 Conference

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Sharjah U.A.E Selected as Host for 2015 Forum

Today Conway Data and Red Hot Locations announced the host location of the 12th annual WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment. The 2015 Forum will be hosted by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Located in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah has quickly established itself as a world-class business destination and a sought-after location for foreign direct investment. The 2014 WORLD FORUM was held in Philadelphia on the 16th – 18th of June, and recently concluded with the announcement of Sharjah as its next host. The Philadelphia WORLD FORUM attracted over 350 delegates from 36 countries and featured speakers from Moody’s Analytics, Sasol, Tata, and many other companies and regions from around the world.

Held annually in locations around the world, the WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment provides a platform to network and discuss global location decisions amongst FDI dealmakers, including globally expanding companies, economic and investment agencies, and the multipliers and site consultants who advise both parties.

The dates for the 2015 Sharjah WORLD FORUM are February 9 – 11.

“The WORLD FORUM is a place where companies and jurisdictions from around the world can gather and discuss the drivers influencing foreign direct investment,” said Adam Jones-Kelley, Managing Director of Conway Data Inc., “We’ve created an environment where organizations involved in all points of the investment decision chain can exchange best practice, and learn from the experiences of each other and do deals.”

Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, COO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), remarked, “The WORLD FORUM for Foreign Direct Investment is one of the premier FDI platforms and it is a true pleasure for us in Sharjah to accept the honour of hosting the 12th edition of this esteemed event. Over the past five years, Sharjah has exploded onto the FDI map, becoming one of the most exciting FDI markets in the GCC region and we are looking forward to welcoming investors and investment entities from across the world to experience first-hand the multitude of FDI opportunities that Sharjah has to offer.”

“We’re delighted to be bringing the WORLD FORUM and the FDI Association to Sharjah for the 2015 Forum,” said Cathy Dawson, President of Red Hot Locations, “The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority is partnering with us to develop a robust program and to create a networking environment that will facilitate the exchange of cross-border business and ideas.”

Taking place over the course of three days, the WORLD FORUM is comprised of a series of high-level panel discussions, presentations, debates, and bilateral meetings that facilitate direct contact between investment promotion entities and corporate location decision-makers.

With previous WORLD FORUMs being held in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Valencia, Bologna, Vilnius, Tallin, Shanghai, and Philadelphia, the WORLD FORUM features the latest news on corporate strategy concerning location requirements, people and future expansion are covered, giving an insight into business sectors and activities that are growing rapidly. Economic Development Agencies are invited to meet and network with their potential clients (corporate investors) and to also build their own networks sharing best practice with colleagues from investment and development agencies from diverse regions.

About Shurooq
Established in 2009, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, strives to encourage investment in Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from the region and the world. Shurooq’s key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the Emirate, evaluate tourism and investment related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.

About Red Hot Locations
Red Hot Locations is the world's leading events firm on foreign direct investment FDI and global corporate location trends. Our conferences, forums and seminars are about why and where in the world companies in all sectors are locating their facilities. And what cities, regions and countries can do to attract companies to their locations.

About Conway Data Inc.
For six decades Conway Data (CDI) has been the leader in providing business intelligence, training and services to corporate investors and economic development agencies around the world. The firm manages the Industrial Asset Management Council, the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives, their suppliers and service providers, and economic developers. CDI also owns and manages London-based Red Hot Locations, New York-based The PONT Group, Berlin-based consultancy Terrain and the Janus Institute. CDI has offices in Atlanta, New York, London, Berlin, Mumbai, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Nashville and Kuala Lumpur. Site Selection magazine (, published by CDI since 1954, delivers expansion planning information to 49,000 subscribers, many of them employed by fast-growing firms. Site Selection’s growing family of e-newsletters includes the Site Selection Dispatch, The Site Selection Energy Report, The Site Selection Life Sciences Report, Site Selection International, The Site Selection Aerospace Report and The FDI Report.

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