Investment flows into and within the ACP group of states are on the rise as the regions chart strong growth in trade. This investment can do a great deal of good, but in many countries the economic fundamentals alone may not be enough to sustain it. At this year's European Development Days, CTA is co-hosting a lab to examine how regimes for intra-regional investment flows and facilitation can help to build the world's next emerging economy.
The current interest of global investors in ACP member states is not surprising. Sustained economic growth has attracted investment which has placed 11 African members among the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world. Meanwhile, Caribbean trade is being buoyed by the service economy and ACP small island economies are picking up speed in sustainable development founded on their marine resources.
Continuing this momentum, investment is critical for the ACP Group of States. To ensure that it is, CTA, the ACP-EU TradeCom and TBT programmes are inviting policy-makers and investors to this year's European Development Days to discuss future investment opportunities for the ACP Group in.
Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic, Republic of Mauritius (video contribution)
Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development, European Commission – DG for International Cooperation and Development
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Former Vice-President & Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Masego Marobela, Managing Director, Botswana Bureau of Standards
Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Secretariat