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Mevlana Development Agency is a member of these organizations:

- WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies)

- EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies)

Information About EURADA

The European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) has a membership of about 150 regional development agencies from across the European Union. Agencies from almost all the Member States of the EU are EURADA members.

EURADA runs conferences and seminars and has an extensive publications programme. It keeps its members up to date with EU policy developments and provides briefing on critical issues such as state aid rules. It alerts members to funding and contract opportunities and helps with forming and running partnerships.

EURADA lobbies and briefs the European Commission on behalf of members and maintains a highly effective communications network there. Through round tables and reflection groups individual EURADA members can play a direct role in the development of policy at the Commission, and form their own links with officials.

EURADA brings together and disseminates good practice in economic development for the benefit of its members. From 2009 it will run an annual university-based summer school to help members enhance the competence of their management teams.

EURADA has strong international links, particularly through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the United States, but also with economic development networks in China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. There is a good record of members using these links to pursue their own local objectives.

Mevlana Development Agency has been a member of EURADA since 2011.

World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

WAIPA was created as a non-governmental organization in 1995 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is now in the process of being filed with other relevant authorities. From its very inception, WAIPA has represented an ever growing number of Member agencies: in 2008 WAIPA had 233 Members - by the end of 2009, the Association had an additional 19 new Member agencies from 162 different countries.

Through its wide range of activities, WAIPA provides the opportunity for investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to network and exchange best practices in investment promotion. WAIPA has always dedicated, and continues to dedicate, time and effort towards building the human resources capacity of its Member agencies. Membership is open to all entities the primary function of which is “to promote any country, political sub-division of a country or other uncontested territory, as a destination for, or source of, investments”.

WAIPA aims to improve cooperation among IPAs on regional and global levels and to facilitate the experience transfer on drawing investment.

The objectives of WAIPA, as broadly reflected in the Association’s Statutes, are to;

Promote and develop understanding and cooperation amongst IPAs,

Strengthen information gathering systems, promote the efficient use of information and facilitate access to data sources,

Share country and regional experiences in attracting foreign investment and enhancing outward investments,

Assist IPAs in advising their respective governments on the formulation of appropriate investment promotion policies and strategies, and

Facilitate access to technical assistance and promote training of IPAs.

There are many international organizations helping WAIPA to reach these objectives. These are;

·         Investment Climate Advisory Services (ICAS) of the World Bank Group,

·         Internation Economic Development Council (IEDC),

·         Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD),

·         ProInvest;

·         United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),

·         United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

MevlanaDevelopment Agency has been a member of WAIPA since 2012.