ISID Timeline

14-15 November 2016
Fifth ISID Forum
30 November 2015
Fourth ISID Forum
14 July 2015
Third ISID Forum
20 April 2015
Official launch of PCP Senegal
February 2015
Government of Senegal officially approves PCP document
December 2014
Government of Ethiopia officially approves PCP document
4-5 November 2014
Second ISID Forum
23-24 June 2014
First ISID Forum
20 December 2013
Lima Declaration


Investment and Technology Promotion Offices

The ITPO Global Network

In 1986, UNIDO introduced the very first investment promotion services, which would become the UNIDO Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs). Since then, the UNIDO ITPOs have contributed to reducing development imbalances, by brokering investment and technology agreements between developed, developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Located in both hemispheres, the specialized network of UNIDO ITPOs opens up opportunities for investors and technology suppliers to find potential partners and offers unique services to both entrepreneurs and business institutions.

Services and Goals

ITPOs guide potential investors from their host countries and from developing countries at each stage of the investment cycle, from project identification through appraisal to implementation. In doing so, ITPOs offer a full package of up-to-date information on screened and validated investment opportunities, including manufacturing facilities, and technology supply sources. ITPOs also provide first-hand knowledge on how to do business in local environments, including legal and economic aspects.

Within this programme, ITPOs host officials from developing countries and economies in transition to give them hands-on training in investment promotion techniques so that delegates are able to promote portfolios of screened investment and technology opportunities from their own countries. Thereafter, delegates act as contact points between their countries and potential foreign partners.