WEIF Background

It is through the overwhelming success achieved during the WEIF 2015 held in Manama that UNIDO ITPO Bahrain in cooperation with its major partners is building on this momentum towards organizing the second edition of the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017 under the theme:

"Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Entrepreneurship & Innovation"

The WEIF 2015 was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain, under the theme "Entrepreneurship and Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development", officially inaugurated by HH Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa the Deputy Prime Minister, with an opening statement by HE Mr. Ban Ki Moon, former United Nations Secretary General, in the presence of HE Mr. Li Yong, the UNIDO Director General and a number of senior officials and dignitaries.

The sizeable participation of 800 officials, experts and entrepreneurs from 80 countries has led to the "Manama Declaration 2015 on Entrepreneurship for Development" which was circulated in six languages as a document of the United Nations General Assembly, in its 69th session under agenda item 19 reference A/69/748. A permanent secretariat has been established for the Forum at the UNIDO Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment in Bahrain in order to review and follow up on the progress moreover, to identify additional areas of cooperation and action to promote investment in entrepreneurship.

Accordingly, the WEIF 2017 has become the only United Nations Global event covering entrepreneurship for development; clearly demonstrating the leading role of Bahrain as a major knowledge hub for entrepreneurship and MSME development through its strategic partnership with UNIDO.