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World Investment Conference, 20-22 March 2013
20-22 March - Marrakech

The World Investment Conference North Africa (WIC North Africa) to be held on March 20 to 22, 2013 in Marrakech is organized in partnership with the Invest in Morocco agency.

WIC North Africa revolves around the central theme of Middle East & North Africa Region’s attractiveness in terms of Foreign Direct Investments. The conference focuses on bringing together foreign investors looking for investment opportunities in North Africa and political and business leaders from the MENA region interested in engaging in mutually rewarding business relationships.

It is a forum to share best practices, receive introductions to potential clients and partners, get updated on the latest investment and business opportunities in key growth sectors. North Africa is undergoing a transition, both in terms of investor perception of its market potential and in reality. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects continue to grow strongly in the region and to offer exciting business opportunities for those who are ready to seize them.

Morocco, who is on the verge of becoming one of the most attractive investment destinations in Africa , will host this first edition of WIC North Africa.

The Government of Morocco has undertaken considerable reforms to improve the country’s business climate, modernize its financial markets, enhance its attractiveness, and raise its infrastructures to international standards. Furthermore, its excellent location and trade agreements with the EU and MENA countries make it a preferred regional business center.

The compelling program of the WIC North Africa 2013 will address the issues that are front-of-mind for investors, governments, and the business community in North Africa in the years ahead: growth, constraints, opportunities, and action. Intense and enthusiastic debate and essential insights will open new horizons for those who take part.

To meet the key actors of the North Africa FDI scene, Join us at the World Investment Conference North Africa in Marrakech on March 20-22, 2013 !



18.00–18.30 Setting the scene
 Welcome address from WIC Chair
 Keynote addresses from Moroccan and EU leaders

18.30–19.30 Global Leaders Panel:
Leaders and policy-makers from EU, North Africa, Asia and the USA will analyze the prospects for the economies of Northern Africa

20.00–22.30 Welcome Cocktail &Dinner
Four Seasons Hotel


8.15–9.00 North Africa, the emerging economy
Presentation ofNorth Africa attractiveness survey

9.00–10.00 Global Leaders Panel:
Morocco opportunities

10.00–10.30 Focus on Casablanca Finance City

10.40–11.15 Investors' Showcase
Quick-pitch presentations from a selection of international mid-cap companies with a range of investment projects in North Africa

11.15–11.30 Networking break

11.30–13.00 Three interactive workshops in parallel
Workshop 1: Automotive and aeronautics industries
Workshop 2: Energy / Environment
Workshop 3: Services and New Technologies

13.15–14.00 Networking Lunch

14.15–15.00 Investors' Showcase
Quick-pitch presentations from a selection of international mid-cap companies with a range of investment projects in North Africa

15.00–16.30 Three interactive workshops in parallel
Workshop 4: Agro-Business
Workshop 5: Infrastructure and Tourism
Workshop 6: Talents, education and entrepreneurship

16.30–17.00 Networking Break

17.00–18.15 Global Leaders Panel:
North Africa, the hub for African Investments

18.15–19.15 Recommendations
Rapporteurs of the four workshops will each draw three critical recommendations from their respective sessions.

19.45–21.00 Cocktail

21.00–23.00 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Awards to honor some of the best investments projects in Morocco



9.00–10.00 Global leaders Panel: Europe and North Africa: new challenges

10.00–11.00 Clusters in North Africa: challenges and opportunities

11.00–11.30 Networking break

11.30–12.30 Closing keynote

12.45–14.15 Networking Lunch

14.30–17.30 Leisure program
Special program for spouses