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.
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.
ITPO Russian Federation was established in 1989. Its mandate is to promote international cooperation in the economic, technological, industrial and scientific spheres between Russian enterprises, associations and organizations and firms from developed and developing countries.
Ulitsa Kuusinena 21B
125252 Moscow, Russia
Tel.: (+7499) 9430021, 1989768
ITPO Republic of Korea was established in 1996. Its mandate is to promote outward investment and technology from the Republic of Korea to developing countries and countries in transition and provide new business opportunities for the Korean private industrial sector, especially small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in line with Government’s priorities.
Bldg 153 Room 411
Seoul National University 1 Gwank-ro
Tel.: +82-2 794-8191/2/3
UNIDO ITPO Tokyo was founded in 1981 based on an agreement between UNIDO and the Government of Japan. Its mandate is to promote direct investment and technology transfer from Japan and to foster international outreach of Japanese industries.
UNU HQs Bldg. 8F
5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku
Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Tel.: (813) 6433-5520
The Italian Investment and Technology Promotion Office was created in 1987 and is based in Rome. Its mandate is to enhance the competitiveness of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries, through the mobilization of investments as well as the transfer of technology, and management skills together with capacity building activities required for the implementation of industrial projects and SMEs upgrading in developing and emerging countries.
Via Paola, 41
00186 Rome, Italy
Tel.: +39 06 6796521
ITPO China (Shanghai) was established in 2001. ITPO Shanghai is a joint project between UNIDO and the Municipality of Shanghai, which aims at promoting inward and outward investment, technology transfer and industrial cooperation between Shanghai and developing/emerging countries.
16F New Town Center
83, Loushanguan Road
Shanghai, 200336, China
Tel.: +8621 62368800
ITPO China (Beijing) was established in 1990. Its mandate is to facilitate active, rational and effective utilization of direct investment; support the implementation of China’s “outward investment” strategy; support capacity building and competitiveness of China’s organizations, institutions and enterprises; promote technology innovation and market access.
2-1402 Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building,
No. 14 Liangmahe Nanlu,
100600 Beijing, China
Tel.: (+8610) 65323440 118
The UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Bahrain was inaugurated on 22nd April 1996. Its mandate is to mobilize resources (finance, technology, know-how, managerial) from Bahrain and the Arab region to developing countries and economies in transition.
171/172, 12th Floor, Platinum Tower
Building 190, Road 2803
Seef Area 428, Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel.: +973 17536881
ITPO Nigeria is currently under establishment. On 28 April, 2015, UNIDO and the Federal Government of Nigeria signed an agreement to establish the ITPO, which will be located in Lagos. Its mandate is to promote inward and outward investment, technology transfer and industrial cooperation between Nigeria and developing/emerging countries.
Plot 256 Zone AO Herbert Macaulay Way
P.M.B. 2851, Garki
Tel: +234 9 2205009
The Investment and Technology Promotion Office in Germany was established in 2017 based on an agreement between UNIDO and the German Federal Government. Its mandate is to foster mutually beneficiary industrial cooperation between enterprises in Germany and in developing countries and economies in transition, with focus on SMEs.
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 228-815-0550