2024 AIM Congress: Uniting Industry Leaders in Abu Dhabi to Explore Investment in China, Health Security, and Sustainable Agriculture

The 2024 AIM Congress, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from May 7th to May 9th, 2024, witnessed an unprecedented convergence of industry leaders, policymakers, and visionaries. The Congress saw captivating sessions under the Universal Track and the International Partners' Track, fostering dialogue, collaboration, and innovative solutions to global challenges.

Universal Track

Under the theme "Investing in an Innovative Ecosystem: Navigating Growth Through Strategic Partnerships," the Universal Track saw China Investment Forum take place which was marked by insightful discussions and keynote addresses. The session was skillfully moderated by Duan Yanling, Partner at Zhejiang University Science Park Development Co., Ltd. The esteemed panel included luminaries such as Dr. Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General of the Union of Arab Chambers, and Dr. Ibrahim Moustafa, Vice Chairman for SCZONE for
Investment; Promotion, among others.

Keynote speeches by H.E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and Vice-Chairman of the Industry Development Council, and Ben Harburg, Managing Partner at MSA Capital & MSA Novo, set the stage for discussions on fostering economic growth and strengthening international partnerships.
Insights from panelists like Shenwei Hua, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission, emphasized the burgeoning trade relations between China and the UAE, while Dr. Khaled Hanafy underscored the strategic importance of alliances with China for the Arab world’s economic development.

Shenwei Hua, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Commission, highlighted the robust trade relations between China and the UAE, stating,”Shanghai emerges as a prime destination for investors seeking lucrative opportunities.”

International Partner’s Track

The Road to the 3rd World Local Production Forum 2025 by WHO

AIM Congress delved into critical discussions on advancing global health security and promoting sustainable local production. Dr. Jicui Dong, representing the World Local Production Forum (WLPF) Secretariat at the World Health Organization, set the stage with a welcome note, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts in ensuring access to essential medicines and health products.

Keynote speaker H.E. Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, underscored the significance of equitable pathways and innovative strategies for a healthier future. Presentations by Prof. Abderrahmane Maaroufi from the Institut Pasteur du Maroc and Prof. Frederick Abbott from Florida State University highlighted the role of technology transfer and local production in bridging global health disparities.

The panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Jicui Dong, featured eminent figures from Egypt, China, South Africa, Morocco, and the USA, who deliberated on the key highlights and priorities for the upcoming 3rd World Local Production Forum. In his closing address, Dr. Jicui Dong reiterated the commitment of the World Health Organization to fostering partnerships and promoting sustainable solutions for global health challenges.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): The Future of Sustainability in Food and Agriculture Sectors by KIEP The International Partners’ Track session,”Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA): The Future of
Sustainability in Food and Agriculture Sectors,” delved into critical issues surrounding sustainable agriculture practices. Moderated by Jose Francisco Fernandez Serna, the session featured thought-provoking discussions
by industry leaders including Averianov Aleksandr, Founder/CEO of Terroir Concept SPBU LLC, and Dr. Shamal Mohammed, Head of AgriTech at Silal.

Highlights from the session included discussions on the importance of financial and institutional support for farmers transitioning to sustainable practices, opportunities and challenges in horticulture, and the role of technology in enhancing food security agendas. Dr. Shamal Mohammed, Head of AgriTech at Silal, emphasized, “Farmers need to see value in adopting new technologies for sustainable agriculture practices. Demonstrating long-term benefits is essential.”

The 2024 AIM Congress continues to serve as a catalyst for fostering collaboration and driving sustainable growth on a global scale. As discussions evolve and partnerships deepen, the Congress remains committed to shaping a resilient and inclusive future for all.