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The 14th Annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment Heads to Shanghai

Globally Expanding Companies Attend 2017 Shanghai World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment for Forecasts and Sessions Focusing on Opportunities and Disruptors in the Global Marketplace

December 2016, ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Conway, Inc., the global expert on foreign direct investment and cross-border business, will be holding the 14th annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment on May 22-24th, in Shanghai, China. 

The Shanghai conference ushers in the 14th year the World Forum has taken place and the second time the Forum is being held in Shanghai.

“China is still very much front and center in the world economy,” said Adam Jones-Kelley, President of Conway Inc. “We’ve selected Shanghai as the next location for the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, because we think the Chinese market is going to adjust and offer global companies new opportunities.”

“China is still a global manufacturing hub, but it is becoming much more than that,” added Jones-Kelley, “It represents a massive consumer market and a robust in-bound trade opportunity.”

The World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, brings together companies, government representatives, legislators, business advisors, and economic development agencies to create a 360˚degree view of cross-border investment and the corporate expansion ecosystem.  The Forum is a gathering place for international business professionals to be informed about global trends and issues, network among peers and prospects and learn about new policies and approaches in greenfield investment. 

The World Forum will be preceded by a half-day FDI training seminar, which will take place on Monday, May 21st, prior to the official opening of the conference.  Economic development professionals new to the industry or looking to hone their business development and marketing skills are encouraged to attend. 

Sessions at the Forum will feature topics such as “Preventing Global Disruption”, where the impact of cybersecurity, global supply chains, and agricultural technology will be explored.  Other sessions focus on subjects such as “Rise of the Robots”, “Water Wars & Climate Change”, and “One Belt, One Road”, a discussion on the new Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, that has the potential to impact global trade and investment on an unprecedented scale.

The Shanghai World Forum is being hosted by Invest Shanghai and sponsored by the China Fortune Land Development Corporation, PBA Aqaba, Iniciativa Actua, and Tractus Asia.

To register for the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment, please visit

The 2018 World Forum for Foreign Direct investment will take place on June 11-13, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 

Note to Editors: Journalists interested in attending the World Forum are invited to attend free of charge.  To register with your media credentials, please contact, Shirar O’Connor,

About Conway
Since 1954 CONWAY has been a trusted advisor to government economic development and investment promotion agencies, working with over 400 countries, states, provinces, cities and communities from around the world.

We are the oldest and largest service firm in the economic development-investment promotion industry, providing strategic and support services to public sector agencies internationally. 

Conway has divisions which specialize in publishing, consulting, public relations, event development, marketing, advisory services, lead generation, site consulting, training, and association management.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Conway employs over 80 people in 10 offices in 7 countries.  

Conway is the publisher of Site Selection Magazine and management firm for the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and the FDI Association. 

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