The 12th edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2023, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, came to a grand close, after three days of insightful discussions, engaging exhibitions, and fruitful networking sessions. This year's theme "The Investment Paradigm Shift: Future Investment Opportunities To Foster Sustainable Economic Growth, Diversity and Prosperity” aimed to provide a platform for global investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to explore new opportunities and partnerships that will drive sustainable economic growth and development.
Commenting on the successful conclusion, H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, said, "The Annual Investment Meeting has been a resounding success. The annual event has once again provided a platform for business leaders, investors, and government officials to come together and explore new avenues for collaboration and investment. As the world continues to face unprecedented challenges, and the rapidly evolving global economic landscape, it is more important than ever for us to work together and find innovative solutions to these challenges. At this year's AIM, we have seen first-hand the power of collaboration and innovation. From the engaging discussions and insightful presentations to the numerous business deals that have been made, this event has demonstrated the tremendous potential of international cooperation. I am confident that the relationships and partnerships that have been forged here at the AIM will help to bring about a brighter future for us all. I look forward to seeing the fruits of our collective efforts in the months and years to come.”
His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), said: “The success of the Annual Investment Meeting 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s status as global hub for business, investment, and talent as well as the role it plays in setting agenda and leading conversations to address current and future challenges and opportunities”.
“This year edition of AIM served as a platform to engage with key decision-makers, investors, thought and business leaders from around the world to double down on the unique attributes of Abu Dhabi’s soaring ‘Falcon Economy’ and the ample opportunities it provides to the global investment community to grow, thrive, and expand”.
H.E. Al Zaabi adds: “We remain committed to build on our remarkable achievements and continue to thrive as the most competitive destination for industry, trade, and finance by offering unparalleled business-friendly ecosystem to help global businesses succeed and flourish”.
Over the course of the event, AIM attracted 10,313 visitors from 175 countries worldwide, who engaged in 281 sessions featuring 693 speakers who shared their perspectives, insights, and experiences on investment trends, opportunities, and challenges in various sectors and industries. This year's edition of AIM was particularly notable for the 23 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed on the sidelines of the event, including the six Tolerance and Coexistence MoUs such as those between the UAE and the Republic of Kazakhstan, the UAE and the Republic of Armenia, and the UAE and the Island of Guinea, among others.
The MoUs, signed between government entities, financial institutions, and private sector firms from different countries, covered a wide range of sectors and industries, including finance, healthcare, education, energy, and technology. The MoUs aim to promote strategic partnerships and collaborations that will drive investment and economic growth across different regions and sectors.
The AIM 2023 also featured an engaging exhibition that showcased the latest innovations, products, and services from different sectors and industries. The exhibition attracted a diverse range of exhibitors from different countries and sectors, who demonstrated their products and services and engaged with visitors and stakeholders. Some of the key exhibitors were Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi Global Market, WeGo, Saud Bahwan, Emirates Development Bank, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
Commenting on the success of the event, Dawood Al Shezawi, Chairman of Annual Investment Meeting, said: "As we conclude this year's Annual Investment Meeting, I would like to express my gratitude to all of the participants, speakers, and organizers for making this event a tremendous success. It has been a privilege to witness the many engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and innovative ideas that have been shared over the past few days. The AIM has always been a platform for bringing together leaders from the worlds of business, finance, and government, and this year's event has been no exception. From the challenges and opportunities to the latest trends and developments in investments, technology and innovation, we have explored a wide range of topics that are shaping the future of investment and economic development.
“As we look ahead to the coming months and years, I am confident that the relationships and partnerships that have been forged here at the AIM will help to drive economic growth and create new opportunities for people around the world. We must continue to work together to find innovative solutions to the challenges we face, and to build a more resilient, sustainable, and inclusive global economy. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this year's AIM, and I look forward to seeing you all again at future events."The AIM 2023 demonstrated the importance of collaboration, innovation, and sustainable development in driving economic growth and prosperity, and the next edition of AIM promises to be even more exciting and engaging.