UNCTAD awards agencies for promoting investment in health, blue economy


UNCTAD has awarded investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from Costa Rica, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea for excellence in promoting investment in health sectors.
The winners of the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards were announced at a special ceremony during UNCTAD’s 7th World Investment Forum (WIF), held virtually from 18 to 22 October and attended by thousands of investment stakeholders from around the globe.
This year’s awards were given in recognition of the role that IPAs have played in supporting government efforts to strengthen the healthcare system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has cost millions of lives and overwhelmed hospitals worldwide.
The agencies were recognized particularly for promoting new investment in health infrastructure; in the manufacturing of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and vaccines; in the production of personal protective equipment; in digital health; and in life science research.